Price per head services found out that on Tuesday, Ben Roethlisberger defended Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub, saying that fans’ reactions to the player’s struggles were “sickening.”
On Sunday, some Texans fans were cheering when the player left a 38-13 loss to the visiting St. Louis Rams with an ankle injury, and price per head services were shocked, to say the least.
“It’s truly, truly unfortunate,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. “Booing when somebody gets hurt, it was just sickening. It’s just so hard to understand, especially your home crowd.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers QB also had a problem with fans lingering close to Schaub’s Houston home on October 6 after a 34-3 loss at San Francisco. In San Francisco, Schaub set a league record when he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown for a fourth game in a row.
Price per head services learned that Schaub – married with three daughters – called Texans’ security after fans were driving back and forth in front of his house, taking pictures.
“When people were showing up at his house to do negative things, that’s cause for some action from the player,”
Roethlisberger said. “That’s your family. When we’re on that field and we’re in that stadium you can boo, you can yell at us but when we step outside we’re human beings just like everybody else. We’ve got feelings, we’ve got family.”
Bad behavior directed at QB’s by their hometown fans is not new. Pay per head services remember that in 2005, some Steelers fans threw trash in Tommy Maddox’s yard after the team was defeated in overtime to the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17.
In that game, Maddox threw three interceptions while playing for Roethlisberger, who was injured.
Schaub and Roethlisberger were in the 2004 NFL draft class together and know each other for years.
The Steelers QB said the best thing that the player can do is not let some fan behavior distract him as he tries to bounce back from what was a bad season so far.
“I think in that situation you just have to approach it like, ‘You know what, I’m going to play for my teammates, my brothers, my coaches’ and on his mind he has to sit there and say it wasn’t every fan,” Roethlisberger said.
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“He has to take the mindset that there’s still a bunch of fans out there that are rooting for me, supporting me and that would be the mindset I would encourage him to go out there with.”