NEW YORK -- Here's what happened at Friday’s Ben Roethlisberger-Roger Goodell meeting:
After a brief session with lawyers for both sides and team president Art Rooney, the commissioner and Roethlisberger met privately. In that one-on-one meeting, Roethlisberger was contrite, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. Then Goodell informed Roethlisberger that the suspension would be reduced to four games -- but that Roethlisberger must continue to avoid any further violations of the personal conduct policy.
What's next for Big Ben? This weekend, he's going to re-group with close friends and former Steelers running back and current ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge, who has become his mentor. "We're going to talk about how to stay mentally sharp during the suspension," Hoge said. "He's going to work out with high school football players in Pittsburgh, coach my little guys in youth football here in northern Kentucky. He is going to use his services to help others, and make sure he's ready to come back better than ever."