Ben Roethlisberger detailed his issues with addiction during a virtual conference for Christian men.
"It's not always easy," Roethlisberger said, talking to Tunch Ilkin, a former Steelers player and one of the event's hosts. "People don't realize all the time that us athletes, we're human. We sin like everybody else. I am no different. We make mistakes. We get addicted to things. We sin. We're human. I think sometimes we get put on this pedestal where we can't make mistakes. I've fallen as short as anybody. I've been addicted to alcohol. I've been addicted to pornography, which makes me then not the best husband, not the best father, not the best Christian I can be.
"But you have to dedicate yourself and understand that you can get out of it because of the grace of God and him saying, 'Listen, you're good enough for me the way you are. You don't have to be perfect.'"
According to the group's mission, the 90-minute conference, held virtually on Father's Day this year, "encourages and teaches men to be godly leaders for their families, and raises awareness of the devastating impact of fatherlessness among youth today."
Roethlisberger was twice accused of sexual assault, and he was suspended for part of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Roethlisberger has been married since 2011.