Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 9/6/12
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In June, Ben Roethlisberger announced that he will enter fatherhood later this year, the second AFC North quarterback to do so. Three months later, the Steelers quarterback announced nothing will stand in his way of being there when it happens — not even his job.

“I’m not missing the birth of my child,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There’s no chance. I know some fans probably don’t want to hear that, but there’s no chance.”

Although his son’s due date hasn’t been made public, the Gazette estimates that it could happen in early December, right around the time the Steelers visit the rival Ravens in Baltimore. Big Ben promised to “do everything we can” to avoid a game-day birth.

Roethisberger, 30, has made a career out of dodging defenders and becoming one of the toughest NFL quarterbacks in recent memory. That being said, he’s ready to take on one of life’s biggest challenges.

“It’s exciting,” Roethlisberger said. “There’s a lot of things you don’t think about. It’s kind of like when you’re younger and you want to play quarterback in the NFL, all you think about is playing quarterback, you don’t think about the interviews and the little things you have to do. It’s kind of the same thing.

“When you’re going to be a father, all you think about is having this little baby, you don’t think about the registry, the room, the diapers, all the little things that go along with it. It’s exciting and it is a little bit scary, too. It is. Before long, you’re going to have this little life that you’re taking care of. But I’ve heard nothing but great things from people [about] just how it will change your life. I’m just so excited for that challenge.”

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