- Associated Press - Thursday, February 3, 2011

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (AP) - Now it can be told: Ben Roethlisberger ate DINNER!

With a KNIFE and FORK!

And had a few DRINKS!


During SUPER BOWL week!

Breathless reports about that meal the other night did not make clear whether the Pittsburgh Steeleers quarterback chewed his food with his mouth open or kept his napkin on his lap for the duration.

Either way, it immediately became the most scandalous morsel of what might be the dullest Super Bowl week ever.

“It’s normal for guys to eat dinner,” his coach, Mike Tomlin, protested, “believe it or not.”


The next thing he would have us believe is that Roethlisberger also puts on his pants one leg at a time.

“During the course of the season, guys go out on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,” Tomlin said. “Believe it or not, guys live lives.”

Who knew _ judging by the reaction Thursday to a TMZ.com report that the Steelers’ quarterback treated his offensive line to a meal, then provided the late-night entertainment himself by performing his version of “Piano Man” from a bar stool.

Ben, with all the issues you’ve been through,” a reporter asked, referring to Roethlisberger’s suspension earlier this year for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, “why did you think it was appropriate to go out Tuesday night and spend some time in a bar?”

Roethlisberger was sitting behind a table on a small stage, wearing a sleepy expression, a gray sweatsuit that looked like a pair of pajamas and fleece-lined slippers. He smiled through a very bushy beard.

“It was superstition and tradition. Tuesday night I take my linemen out to dinner … and they get to pick. Usually it’s a steakhouse or something. They wanted to go to a barbecue place this time. It was really good.”

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