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Roethlisberger Avoids Engagement Speculation

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Saying it is his personal life, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger declined to comment on Internet rumors that he is engaged Tuesday.

The blogosphere has been buzzing since Christmas that Roethlisberger popped the question to Ashley Harlan over the Christmas Holiday.

With details circulating such as the wedding will be next July, KDKA's John Shumway went to Roethlisberger today to end the speculation:

Shumway: Word has it you're engaged. Is that true?

Roethlisberger: Oh geez. Listen, there's always rumors out there about professional athletes, especially about me. You guys know that I am not going to talk about my own personal life, I don't do that. My one singular focus right now is on the playoffs, on football and trying to get to the Super Bowl. So, that's what my focus is right now.

Shumway: So are you confirming or denying?

Burt Lauten (Steelers Public Relations): Guys, he did say he didn't want to talk…

Roethlisberger: I'm not going to talk about my personal life. You guys know that. Okay, thanks [Shumway].

This isn't the first time there have been engagement rumors about Roethlisberger. In 2009, the blogosphere was buzzing with a purported engagement to actress Missy Peregrym which never happened.

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