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Roethlisberger told he was close to dying

From AP

BRISTOL, Conn. – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday night that he was told he was “seconds, maybe a minute away from dying” immediately after his motorcycle accident last month.

Roethlisberger, in his first interview since the June 12 accident, told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that he doesn’t remember much about the accident when he rammed his motorcycle into a car that was making a left turn in front of him on a Pittsburgh street. He did, however, remember what he was told by people at the scene.

“They told me that I was literally seconds, maybe a minute away from dying because I slit a vein or artery in my mouth or my throat and it was draining blood right into my stomach and luckily the paramedic noticed it and stopped it or else I would have had too much blood in my stomach,” he said in Los Angeles where he was for the taping of the ESPY Awards.

“I remember very few things about the accident,” Roethlisberger said. “I remember one car turning in front of me, I don’t remember the car that hit me, but I remember that first car turning in front of me and the next thing I remember is being in the ambulance and asking, ‘Is this really happening?’

“I said, ‘Tell me this is just a bad dream,’ and he said, ‘No, everything is going to be OK,’ and he asked me, ‘Is there anyone you want me to call?’ … I just gave him two numbers and I don’t remember anything until I woke up from surgery.”

Roethlisberger underwent seven hours of surgery to repair a broken jaw and other facial bones. Tests showed no brain injuries, although he had a mild concussion. He also lost two teeth and chipped several others.

I had a close call in August 2005 after getting a pulmonary embolism. Too bad Ben or I didn’t have a near death experience. We could have answered the following question.

Is God George Burns or Lou Gehrig?

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