“Ben Roethlisberger happy to work out of spotlight”

July 28th, 2014 by

“Ben’s at that point in his career where he’s got big-time focus and has an awesome personal life with the growth of his family. He’s just in a good place. We’re expecting big things from him.” – Coach Tomlin



From Jim Corbett, USA Today:

072814In this summer of Johnny Football, two-time Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is somewhat forgotten in the shadow cast by Cleveland Browns rookie national media magnet Johnny Manziel, who has yet to throw a preseason pass.

Roethlisberger shrugs the potential slight off the way he would a blitzer perhaps because he has never worked harder in an offseason to have the best season entering his 11th season.

“It doesn’t bother me because I’d rather slide under the radar,” Roethlisberger told USA TODAY Sports Monday when asked about the spotlight on Manziel. “I’ll let them have all the attention and we’ll just go to work. We just want to be the best team we can be. And we’ve got the them (Cleveland Browns) Week 1.”

In 10 seasons, Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to four division titles, three AFC Championships and two Lombardi Trophies.

Yet Roethlisberger consistently is ranked behind Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and others despite owning a 105-51 career record, including 10-4 in the playoffs.

Roethlisberger owns franchise records with his 63.3 completion percentage, 219 touchdowns, 34, 105 passing yards.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get that credit,” Roethlisberger said. “It will probably be when I’m done. People will look back and say, ‘Wow, he was better than we gave him credit for.’


You can read more from Ben’s interview here.



And check out this video from Ken Laird at TribLIVE Radio, today:

“Roethlisberger at work with Lance Moore, J. Brown, Wheaton, & Moye during Steelers camp drill today”




Just a typical Sunday

July 27th, 2014 by

…at Steelers training camp!

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Some big laughs, a few fist bumps, some high fives, and then it’s time to get serious!

But not too serious, as this youngster found out! Beware the BIG GUY chest bump!



You can see more photos from camp here!

And if you have any to share with us, we’ll post them here! Just email them to us at bigben7website@gmail.com.


*Thank you to fan Denise Marie for that first photo!


Ben: “I hope my legacy is yet to come”

July 27th, 2014 by

“I’ve always said it’s up to the good Lord and Mr. Rooney when I’m done.” – Ben.



From Will Graves at the AP:

July272014There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.

And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

Yet at age 32 with small flecks of gray in his stubble, Roethlisberger knows he’s in the second half of a career that already includes two Super Bowl rings. While he understands the NFL is a business, Roethlisberger has no plans to entertain the idea of taking his business somewhere other than Pittsburgh.

Not now. Not next summer. Not ever if Roethlisberger has his way. And as far as he knows, his boss — Steelers president Art Rooney II — feels the same. Until that changes for either side, concern over his status is nothing more than misguided speculation.

“I have faith that the Steelers will do what we need to do when it’s time and that’s putting people on the field through free agency, trades, draft everything to make us the best team we can possibly be,” Roethlisberger said.

If he sounds like a grown-up, maybe that’s because he is.

The hard-partying 20-something is now a married father of two who takes his son to Pittsburgh Pirates games and is already thinking about where 1-year-old Ben Jr. and infant daughter Baylee, born in March, will one day attend school.

His priorities have changed. His drive has not.

Coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons that at times left him equal parts frustrated and mystified, he is focused but upbeat.

During a meeting Friday night shortly after the Steelers reported for training camp at Saint Vincent College, Roethlisberger made it a point to let his teammates know he hardly views himself as a one-man show.

“I said ‘Listen, there’s going to be a lot of talk about this being Coach Haley’s offense or my offense. This is our offense,’” Roethlisberger said. “It’s not just one person. The ownership is equal for everybody.”

It’s why he spent the offseason working on improving his arm strength even though he is already one of the strongest quarterbacks in the league. Wide receiver Lance Moore likened Roethlisberger’s fastball to the quarterback’s innate sense of “boldness,” a brashness he has now combined with a sense of responsibility.

It’s why even though he laughs about his advancing age on a team in the midst of a youth movement, Roethlisberger hasn’t given much thought to his place in history.

“I hope my legacy is yet to come,” Roethlisberger said. “I hope there’s a lot to be put on that list.”


You can read more from Mr. Graves interview with Ben here.


Big Ben wearin’ #99

July 26th, 2014 by


Teresa Varley @Teresa_Varley
@_BigBen7 showing love for @bkeisel99 on first day of camp. #Steelers


Mike Prisuta ‏@DVEMike
Ben on why he wore Keisel’s 99: “That’s my boy, one of my closest friends, been in my wedding. In honor, miss him, little bit of everything!”

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It didn’t take long for Brett to respond when he saw the jersey his friend was wearing:


Brett Keisel @bkeisel99
I see ya 7.., I mean 99.



You can see more photos from Steelers training camp here.

You can both read and watch Ben’s interview from today right here.

You can also check out Heath Miller’s interview about Ben here.


“Roethlisberger staging big comeback”

July 26th, 2014 by

“Now a husband and father of two children, Roethlisberger is 32 and entering his 11th season. This is the fourth quarter of a career that could place him in elite company.” – Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.



More from Mr. Rossi’s column this weekend as the Steelers enter training camp:

072614Roethlisberger arrived at camp in the best shape of his career. He’s not the first to do so, but Roethlisberger looks like he has overhauled everything, especially eating and workout habits.

When was the last time Roethlisberger didn’t accept the burden of typically insane expectations for the Steelers? When was the last time he tossed a teammate or assistant coach under the bus? When was the last time somebody said something bad about his actions on or off the field?

When was the last time he wasn’t what Pittsburghers expect of a Steeler?

Unless we’ve been watching an amazingly scripted stage play the past three years, Roethlisberger has grown into a humble, hard-working leader of this proud franchise.

Roethlisberger is going to retire as a Steeler. He may retire as the Steeler of his generation or a Steeler for any generation.

The quarterback with 29 winning drives in the fourth quarter has the ball. We’re watching a career-defining comeback.


You can read the rest here.



And Alan Robinson, also from the Tribune-Review, has the “Tweets of the Day”:

Alan Robinson ‏@arobinson_Trib
One reason @_BigBen7 prefers to remain #Steelers player rest of his career is he wants to raise kids in Pittsburgh.


Alan Robinson ‏@arobinson_Trib
@_BigBen7 absolutely convinced he’ll win another Super Bowl or Super Bowls. Can tell he won’t be satisfied unless he does. #Steelers


It’s almost here!

July 22nd, 2014 by

“Thanks Ben for making my son’s training camp visit so memorable! Ben threw his wristband to him today and he has not taken it off yet. My son Keiran is a quarterback and of course wears #7. He can’t wait to take the wristband to practice to show his teammates. Thanks again Ben!” – Jennifer Lippman


The Steelers 2014 training camp begins this Friday, July 25th when the players report, and Steelers.com has all the info you need when you report!

july222014What’s the camp schedule look like?

What’s the weather report for Latrobe?

How do you get there?

Where can you stay if you plan on spending more than the day?

What kind of fan activities are scheduled for Steeler Nation?

What’s the layout of the St. Vincent College and how do you get to the field?

What about parking? Food? and where do you go for medical assistance if needed?


You can find all of that out right here!

“We went to St. Vincent three days – Friday for the night practice, where Kathleen got lots of autographs; On Monday I got Ben’s autograph on my son’s jersey. I told him it was my son’s favorite jersey and that he had passed away December 30th and had been featured on his site. He looked at me and said, ‘I am sorry. (Pause) I am really very sorry!’. It was very nice for him to acknowledge it all in the pandemonium that was surrounding him at the time.

My son, Connor had always wanted Ben’s autograph but never got it. I teared up after and felt like I accomplished something for him. That jersey will be framed with a plaque honoring my son in our basement, which is heavily laden with Steeler memorabilia. Thank you, Mr. Roethlisberger for your sympathy. Thank you also for all the time you spent, in spite of being banged up, signing autographs. You made one little girl’s, and a couple of her buddies’ day.” – Patrick Williams, photo above with Kathleen.



And:

Where do you send your favorite photos and fan stories from training camp?

Right here of course!

Just email them to us at bigben7website@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to share them with the rest of Steeler Nation!

Have fun and be safe!

“Wanted to thank Big Ben for the autographs at Steelers camp! This was our 5th year at camp, my son Brandon is 5 and Brad is 7, and this was our first autographs! We were so excited. Thanks so much…Ben has made their entire year as well as mine…only wish I was able to get mine signed but seeing my sons faces was priceless! Thanks so much! If you can relay this along to Ben and tell him how much it really does mean to the kids and fans!” – Roni Kiesel



A little R&R for the Roethlisbergers

July 20th, 2014 by

After checking out all the Steeler Nation on Vacation photos, Ben wanted to join in on the vacation photo action as well!

Ben took his lovely wife on a tropical vacation for a little sun and fun before the start of Steelers training camp!

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Ben and Ashley are all smiles after arriving in the Bahamas..and no wonder! Ben snapped the second photo of this beautiful spot on the beach that they’d be enjoying before the sun went down!


Hope everyone is having a safe and happy summer, no matter where you’re spending it!


You can see all the photos in Ben’s family album here, and from his personal album here.


Steeler Nation on Vacation!

July 18th, 2014 by

The July Fan Photos are here…and this summer it’s all about vacationing in style –


Steeler Nation Style!

As fan and longtime follower of the site Bob Tschappat, Jr. said, “It’s always football season, even on vacation!”

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That’s Al Stiehler showing his true colors at Stonehenge on the top; Pete Perdaems keeping his Terrible Towel upright at the Leaning Tower of Pisa; and Frank Semple going camo style at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.



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Ohio Steelers fan Steve Hakin above, in his #7 jersey, poses against the backdrop of Machu Picchu in Peru; and Tom Obenrader showing off his Terrible Towel at the Great Wall of China. Tom and his wife were in China to adopt a daughter, who already had a Steelers jersey waiting for her!



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If it’s possible, P.J. “Pete” Perdaems makes Monte Carlo a little more colorful with his Black & Gold; Steelers UK fan Peter Minghella stops to pose “in my colours in Crete” with his son Ethan; and Mike Thoma and his son Chris posing at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.



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Jasmine Burt, a Terrible Towel and a rainbow at Niagara Falls in Canada; Closer to home – Bob & Missy Tschappat in Key West where Bob says if they go away, Ben’s “Away Jersey” goes too; and that’s Rob Thaler taking in a summer baseball game in Kansas City (Rays vs Royals) but still reppin’ the Black & Gold in the stands!


You can see more photos of our summer vacationers here (3 pages)!

We also have photos of some adorable Lil’ Fans to share too!


As always, thank you to everyone who shared their photos with us! These were great!


Honoring our four-legged protectors!

July 15th, 2014 by

PittsburghLEOMThe Allegheny County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (LEOM) is an organization that honors police officers who were killed in the line of duty in Allegheny County.

The Memorial to these brave men and women stands on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, just outside of Heinz Field.

But the LEOM realized that there was one important law enforcement member that was not honored – something that came to light after the line-of-duty death of K-9 Officer “Rocco” in January.

In fact, there have been four Police K-9’s in Allegheny County who have been killed in the line of duty:

K-9 Officer “Jup” in 1991; K-9 Officer “Joker” in 1997; K-9 Officer “Ulf” in 2008; and K-9 Officer “Rocco” in 2014.

“When the original Memorial was designed we did not include a K-9 partner for our officer. That was short-sighted of us. Our K-9 partners are part of our Law Enforcement Family. They live and work with their partners, and serve as members of our Police Departments.

“I truly believe that the K-9 Officers work for the praise and love of their human partners. They are fearless in their actions and protective of their partners to a fault.” – Cmdr. Donna Best, President of the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial.


The LEOM is working with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Art and the Sports and Exhibition Authority to have the addition of a K-9 partner added to the existing memorial on the North Shore.

They are working with local artist Susan Wagner to design a K-9 statue to add to the Memorial. Susan designed the original statue of the officer named, “Ever Watchful” (photo above).

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Their hope is to have it completed by early next August for the 100th Anniversary of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) National Conference which will be held in Pittsburgh.

But they need your help in bringing to fruition the addition of a K-9 Officer to the existing Memorial!

You can make your check or money order payable to LEOM K-9 Memorial and send your tax deductible donation to:

Greater Pittsburgh Police FCU
1338 Chartiers Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Please join with Ben in helping them honor our brave K-9′s who gave their lives in the line of duty.



You are also welcome to attend a fundraiser this month that will benefit the K-9 Memorial!

On July 30th at the River’s Club in downtown Pittsburgh, Jazz musician Jessica Lee is helping with a Fund Raising Happy Hour.

The event kicks off at 5:30pm. Enjoy music from Jessica, guitarist Mark Strickland, bassist Dave Pellow, and Jay Willis on sax until 8:00pm. The event will also feature a Q&A with artist Susan Wagner, who will also have a painting of a K-9 officer on display.

There is a $5 cover charge at the door.

You can get more info here!


*The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.


Thoughts & Prayers

July 14th, 2014 by

…go out to two of our Steeler Nation families!


In July of 2012, Julia Pollock was delighted to receive a personal video message from Ben. Julia had been battling breast cancer since 2010, which had then spread to her spine and brain. She had been in the hospital for 52 days when she received the surprise message:

“I want Ben to know that his video email meant the world to me not just because I bleed black and gold and watching him every Sunday makes my week but because I’ve ALWAYS known him to be a man with a good heart.” – Julia, July of 2012.



Her father, Alan Nagy, asked us to share his email with all those that had been praying for her:

July142014_Julia_1“My daughter Julia developed cancer two years ago and was given 3 to 6 month to live, while Julia was in the hospital she received a personal video from Ben giving her words of encouragement, she cherished that video and when she was having a rough day she would watch that video and it would always bring a smile to her face, and as parents we were so grateful for that but I’m saddened to say that Denver’s #1 Steeler’s Fan has lost her battle with cancer. Julia passed away on Saturday the 14th [of June], after betting all the odds for her prognosis, and survived two years longer then the Doctors expected. Our daughter Julia was such a sweet and loving person, she touched the hearts of many.

“She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. This up-coming season will be very hard without her, but when the new season start, I will still see my beautiful daughter Julia in spirit, jumping up and down cheering for her beloved Steelers, so Steeler Nation know that a true Steeler fan in Denver may be gone, but her memory and love for her Steelers will continue for seasons to come. We will miss her so much.”


Rest in Peace Julia.



In February of 2013, Tyler Hallsey was diagnosed with Pontine Glioma – a tumor surrounding the brain stem. On September 3rd of 2013, his father shared his story and photos with us after Tyler had the opportunity to attend a Steelers pre-season game with his family, courtesy of former Steeler and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge:

July142014_Tyler“When Tyler found out about his diagnosis he was scared and confused. We all were. My wife left the room to call her parents and give them the news.

While she was out, Tyler and I talked about the road ahead and that it would be hard.

We both made promises to each other, then I asked him what he thought we should do. He looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Whatever it takes’.

I think Chuck Noll would be proud.

Since that day in February we have been Team Whatever It Takes.” – Chris Hallsey


Chris shared his own thoughts with us once again on November 13, 2013 in an update for those that had been asking about his son.


Sadly, Tyler passed away on Sunday evening.

“My heart lies at my feet in a million broken pieces. Pieces that will never fit together again.” – Chris Hallsey, from his son’s support page on Facebook.




Steeler Nation, if you have a Facebook page, please take a moment to visit Tyler’s support page or his father’s Twitter account.


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

WHAT: Nothing at this time
WHEN:
WHERE:

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2014
WHERE: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Warrendale, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 23, 2014
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.

 


2014 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

8/9 Pre-Season – NYG 7:30PM KDKA
8/16 Pre-Season – Buffalo 7:30PM KDKA
8/21 Pre-Season – @ Philadelphia 7:30PM KDKA
8/29 Pre-Season – Carolina 7:30PM KDKA
9/7 Cleveland 1:00PM
9/11 @ Baltimore 8:25PM
9/21 @ Carolina 8:30PM
9/28 Tampa Bay 1:00PM
10/5 @ Jacksonville 1:00PM
10/12 @ Cleveland 1:00PM
10/20 Houston 8:30PM
10/26 Indianapolis 4:25PM
11/2 Baltimore 8:30PM
11/9 @ New York Jets 1:00PM
11/17 @ Tennessee 8:30PM
11/24 BYE N/A
11/30 New Orleans 1:00PM
12/7 @ Cincinnati 1:00PM
12/14 @ Atlanta 1:00PM
12/21 Kansas City 1:00PM
12/28 Cincinnati 1:00PM