Ben Roethlisberger is about to become a dad, and he's not taking the life-changing event lightly. That includes being present for his son's arrival -- even if that means missing a game.

 

"I'm not missing the birth of my child," he said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There's no chance. I know some fans probably don't want to hear that, but there's no chance."

 

Roethlisberger would not share the exact due date of his first born, but it's somewhere in the middle of the season according to the 30-year-old veteran.

 

The Steelers have two veteran backups -- Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch -- who have been starters and each has filled in for Roethlisberger during his absence in recent seasons. He missed the first four games of the 2010 season and has missed at least one game in each of his previous eight seasons with the exception of 2008.

 

Speculation unconfirmed by Roethlisberger is that his son is due in early December. Just so happens the Steelers visit the Ravens on Dec. 2. Buckle up, Steelers fans.

 

"There's a lot of things you don't think about. It's kind of like when you're younger and you want to play quarterback in the NFL, all you think about is playing quarterback, you don't think about the interviews and the little things you have to do. It's kind of the same thing.

 

"When you're going to be a father, all you think about is having this little baby, you don't think about the registry, the room, the diapers, all the little things that go along with it. It's exciting and it is a little bit scary, too. It is. Before long, you're going to have this little life that you're taking care of. But I've heard nothing but great things from people [about] just how it will change your life. I'm just so excited for that challenge."

 

The Steelers late-season schedule is also subject to "flex" scheduling that could push the Steelers into a primetime slot from Week 11 through Week 16 with 12 days notice from the NFL. Week 17 changes -- if the due date projections are accurate, the Dec. 30 home date with Pittsburgh won't be an obstacle -- require only six days notice from the NFL.