Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made a strange move recently. As pointed out by the Associated Press, Big Ben has changed his hometown on the team’s roster and media guide from Findlay, Ohio to Corey Rawson, Ohio. The odd part about it is that there is no such city as Corey Rawson, Ohio. On top of that confusion, Corey Rawson is even misspelled.
As pointed out by the Post-Gazette, the city of Rawson, Ohio is 10 miles from Findlay. “There is no Cory Rawson, Ohio, nor is there a Cory, Ohio, but there is a Mt. Cory which makes up part of the Cory-Rawson school district.”
This whole identity crisis for Big Ben would have made a lot more sense if he had actually come up with a city that existed, and spelled it correctly. He’s not the first athlete to have friction with his hometown — Dustin Pedroia for one famously has feuded with his town of Woodland, California. Additionally, players who didn’t have good college experiences frequently introduce themselves by citing their high school when playing on Sunday Night Football.
Roethlisberger isn’t the only one who’s had issues with his hometown, he’s just the only one who invented a new one.
Roethlisberger’s new address part of his image overhaul? [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]