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Governor not happy Ben Roethlisberger went for a haircut during coronavirus pandemic
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Big Ben wouldn’t shave until he could throw to his teammates … he’s a man of his word (0:32)

Ben Roethlisberger fulfills his promise of not shaving or cutting his hair until he’s able to throw a football to a teammate. (0:32)

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  • Brooke PryorESPN Staff Writer

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    • Previously covered the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman.

PITTSBURGH — Not everyone is happy about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s haircut and beard trim.

During his daily briefing Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf criticized Roethlisberger’s recent trip to Norman’s Cuttin’ Edge Barbershop in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, to get his hair cut and beard trimmed following a workout with his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates.

Many counties, including Allegheny, are in the “yellow” phase of reopening, which does not include barbershops and hair salons. Those establishments will be permitted to reopen once counties have moved to the “green” phase during the coronavirus pandemic.

“My concern is just a general concern,” Wolf said Tuesday. “Anybody who puts himself or herself into harm’s way is something that I think we have to try to avoid. When you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases.

“I don’t personally think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don’t want to take that chance myself.”

The beard is trimmed…

…you know what that means 👀@_BigBen7 | @TeamJuJu | @JamesConner_ | @Switz pic.twitter.com/YLTtCynK25

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 18, 2020

The Steelers and Roethlisberger posted a 38-second video Monday afternoon of the quarterback throwing to his teammates, marking a major milestone in his recovery from September elbow surgery.

After showing Roethlisberger throwing to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner, the video cut to the freshly shorn quarterback in a barber’s chair, getting his beard trimmed.

In a statement on behalf of the barbershop, attorney Marc Kohnen said the shop has been closed since Wolf’s shutdown order, adding that proprietor Carlos Norman and the quarterback are friends, and Norman cut Roethlisberger’s hair as a favor without payment.

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