Big Ben to Vontaze Burfict after personal foul: My wife is praying for you
Vontaze Burfict was up to his old dirty tricks again during Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, specifically by being called for a 15-yard personal foul for hitting Ben Roethlisberger late. The Steelers quarterback has since revealed he had some interesting words for the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker after their latest run-in.
The play in question occurred during the third quarter of the Steelers’ 24-20 victory over the Bengals. After Roethlisberger handed off the ball to wide receiver Sammie Coates, Burfict pursued Roethlisberger and threw him to the ground, drawing the 15-yard flag.
The play https://t.co/dymQ94YlLN
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 18, 2016
Making matters worse, Burfict then got up close and personal with Roethlisberger after the play.
Burfict headbutting Ben! #Steelers https://t.co/4PTWJB2kgw
— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) December 18, 2016
Roethlisberger could be seen saying something to Burfict afterward and revealed the nature of the conversation during his weekly radio show Tuesday. Simply put, Roethlisberger said his wife was praying for Burfict.
“It’s nothing what you’d expect,” Roethlisberger said, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “It’s actually I talked to him. I don’t remember if he said anything to me, it was what I said to him and I can share it because this is my show and it’s actually very good what I said anyway. I told him, I said, ‘Hey this is a great opportunity for me to tell you exactly what my wife wanted me to tell you if I got a chance. She wanted me to tell you that she’s praying for you.’ And that’s what I told him, no joke. I told him that and he had nothing to say back to me which I don’t know what you do say back to that.”
Burfict has a long, troubled and antagonistic history with the Steelers, highlighted by an especially egregious, concussion-causing hit on Antonio Brown during a playoff game last season. Brown has since stated Burfict apologized personally for the transgression, but bad blood clearly still exists between the Bengals linebacker and a considerable contingent of Steelers players.
In his comments Tuesday, Roethlisberger ripped Burfict for his continued antics, saying, “It’s uncalled for.”
Roethlisberger later added that Burfict is “a phenomenal football player.” But when asked if Burfict seems any different, Roethlisberger succinctly stated, “No.”