A serious story coming out of Pittsburgh: It appears Super Bowl hero Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was involved in a motorcycle accident about 45 minutes ago (11:30 a.m. ET) in Pittsburgh. Quoth TV station KDKA:
According to an eyewitness, he was not wearing a helmet when he flew over the handlebars and hit his head on the windshield of a car. The witness tells KDKA he said his name was Ben and seemed groggy. She says he was bleeding from his head. He has been taken to Mercy Hospital.
The picture on KDKA's site is rather scary, and there's no word as of yet on his condition. We will keep you updated, and, of course, will be keeping good thoughts.
(UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Channel has aerial video from right after the accident.)
(SECOND UPDATE: This bike has apparently been a source of concern for a while now.)
(THIRD UPDATE: Roethlisberger is now in surgery. He's in serious condition, but is said to be alert and moving all his limbs.)
(FOURTH UPDATE: Here's a photo you hate to see.)
(FIFTH UPDATE: From The Pittsburgh Channel: "According to a police source, Roethlisberger suffered a broken jaw, broke his left sinus cavity, suffered a 9-inch laceration to the back of his head, lost many teeth and has severe injuries to his knees from hitting the pavement. A plastic surgeon has been called in, the source said.")