After brutal Steelers-Bengals game, Ben Roethlisberger hopes his son plays golf

Ben Roethlisberger took his share of hits Monday night. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)

Football is a violent game, but some of those games are more violent than others. Exhibit A: Monday night’s installment of the Steelers-Bengals rivalry. And after experiencing the brutality first hand, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not overly excited about the prospect of his kid following him into the sport.

“I hope my son plays golf,” Roethlisberger told CBS Pittsburgh radio Tuesday morning. “If he wants to play football that’s fine too, but it’s a tough sport. It’s not for everyone. If he wants to do it, I’ll encourage it. If he doesn’t, I’m just fine with that as well.”

Roethlisberger was sacked once and officially hit four times, according to the box score, but he saw enough carnage to last an entire season.

Two players, Pittsburgh’s JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati’s George Iloka, received suspensions for their part in the violence. Smith-Schuster blindsided the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict, resulting in the linebacker being stretchered off with a concussion, while Iloka was disciplined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“The contact you made with your opponent placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury and could

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