Sunday was Steelers Family Day

August 3rd, 2015 by

And look who made the trip!

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“Just me and Daddy hanging out on the field after practice!” – Baylee

(P.S. my brother was busy tumbling when Mommy took these!)



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The Steelers photographer captured this one of daddy & daughter relaxing together.


Say “CHEESE!!!!”

August 2nd, 2015 by

The fans are having a great time at Steelers training camp, and it appears Ben is too!!

A funny one from the Friday Night Lights practice:

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“Thank you Ben for making my daughter Allyson’s night!!! She was so excited!!” – Jill S.



Mission accomplished!





Check out the big smile on this lil’ guy’s face!

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Ethan Zook, from Mt. Union, PA had a great time at practice Saturday afternoon. He also wanted to wish Big Ben the best season ever! (Photo: Ryan Zook)



Ben!! Can you sign your head?

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A BIG “Thank you” to Missi Matthews (at the Steelers) for this great photo!!



Making his way through a sea of young fans…




Can’t make it to Latrobe? No problem!

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Chava Espinosa won’t let 2,118.7 miles get in the way of his celebrating the start of Steelers training camp! He shows his Black & Gold pride all the way from Mexico!



And this lil’ Steelers gal isn’t letting 10,070 miles get in her way either (she also wants to see #99 on the field this season)!




Keep ‘em coming Steeler Nation!


Friday night practice

July 31st, 2015 by

…was FAN-tastic!!!!

“It was so great that he signed both of my Grandchildren’s footballs. Thank you Ben for making my guys so happy.” – Francene Slampak


“Ben is a great guy…Cares about Fans!” – John Filijowycz

“Thank you for the autographs, my boys are at camp tonight from NC! Steeler proud!!” – Elaine White


“MY FAVORITE QB BIG BEN ON AND OFF THE FIELD.” – Betty Samuels

“Ben is the best ever for signing autographs. He really cares for the fans. He talks to the fans while he is signing, and that is rare. A really nice guy, and a great QB. – Carol Evans














From ESPN.com:

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And finally on the field!




Thank you to everyone who shared their photos & thoughts with us on social media tonight!!


Time is growing short…

July 30th, 2015 by

for your department or agency to make their request to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the 2015 grant cycle!

“We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.” – Ben, on why his foundation is so important to him.


SteubenvilleThis marks the ninth grant cycle for The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which distributed more than $132,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2014 NFL season, including $55,000 in the Pittsburgh community. The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of needs are also considered. Ben’s foundation also supports Make-A-Wish and combined, has distributed in excess of $1.3 million since 2007.

The Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2015 NFL season including Boston, St. Louis, San Diego, Kansas City, Seattle, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland areas. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invites police and fire departments in these eight cities to submit proposals detailing their needs. Also, for each Steelers’ appearance in a playoff game, a grant will be awarded to a non-NFL market city anywhere in the United States that would not otherwise be eligible to apply. In addition, the Foundation will continue to make grants to several police and fire department K-9 units in the Pittsburgh area following Super Bowl 50.

Fans of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (www.SarrisCandiesFundraising.com), using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Foundation.

You are welcome to donate directly through The Giving Back Fund here.


REQUIREMENTS:

Please submit all of the following items and information in one proposal. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or pursued. Please do not staple, bind or print proposal double-sided. Do not fax or email submission. PLEASE DO NOT FAX APPLICATION.

Grant proposals must include the following:

Pito- Completed cover sheet (see page 2) with department name, address,telephone number, fax number and email address for chief/sheriff and contact person as well as any previous funding from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

– A brief background on the department and demonstrated success of existing K-9 unit, if applicable.

– Demonstrated success of the K-9 unit, including the number of K-9 calls received annually. If this is a request for a start-up unit, please demonstrate the need for a new unit and an estimate of anticipated K-9 related calls.

– Summary of needs for the K-9 unit including amount requested and explanation of how it will be used.

– A K-9 specific budget (this need not exceed two pages). DO NOT SEND ENTIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET.

– Letter of support from sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization/charity (if using an outside entity).

Sponsoring organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS.

– AK-9 department specific budget (this need not exceed two pages). DO NOT SEND ENTIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET.

– Amount requested and explanation of how it will be used.

– Letter of support from sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization/charity (if using an outside entity).

– Sponsoring organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS.

– Explanation of how the K-9 unit has previously been funded (excluding Ben Roethlisberger Foundation funding).

– Explanation of how the K-9 unit will continue to support and sustain itself in the coming years.

Must be received by August 15, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Eligible Cities Deadline for Application Grant Announcement Date
New England, MA August 15, 2015 September 9, 2015
St. Louis, MO August 15, 2015 September 24, 2015
San Diego, CA August 15, 2015 October 8, 2015
Kansas City, MO August 15, 2015 October 22, 2015
Seattle, WA August 15, 2015 November 25, 2015
Cincinnati, OH August 15, 2015 December 10, 2015
Baltimore, MD August 15, 2015 December 23, 2015
Cleveland, OH August 15, 2015 December 30, 2015
Non-NFL Market City* August 15, 2015 TBD
Non-NFL Market City* August 15, 2015 TBD
Pittsburgh, PA August 15, 2015 After Super Bowl 2016


*If the Steelers make the playoffs, BRF will also award a grant(s) anywhere in the U.S. that is not in an NFL market..


Ofc. Mancini & K-9 DragoEVALUATION:

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: thoroughness of presentation and inclusion of all requested materials; project readiness; demonstrated need; proven sustainability; and level of proposed impact.

For applications please visit:

http://givingback.org/documents/RFP_2015_BRF.pdf (page 2).


NOTE:

We are not accepting unsolicited proposals outside of our grant cycle at this time.

DEADLINE AND EVALUATION:

Must be postmarked by August 15, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: thoroughness of presentation and inclusion of all requested materials; project readiness; demonstrated need; proven sustainability; and level of proposed impact.


For more information, please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org. You can also check out Ben’s foundation page here.


We interrupt the seriously hard work of training camp

July 28th, 2015 by

…to bring you a few fun photos!

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What do you think, @AntonioBrown84 & @_BigBen7? Is this the next dynamic duo? #50atSVC



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@steelers, @L_Bell26 ,@_BigBen7,@AntonioBrown84 ….My kids are so ready to see y’all play this year!!



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Wait a minute… Is that you, @_BigBen7? #50atSVC



And the lil’ fans aren’t the only ones at St. Vincent having a good time!

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@_BigBen7 Ben has some moves.. #fancylegs



Check out all the latest photos from camp here (pages 1 & 2).


Steelers Training Camp, Day 2

July 27th, 2015 by


Q&A with Big Ben, courtesy of Steelers.com:


072715Is quarterback more fun to play than when you started?

It’s always fun to play quarterback. When you have a group of guys that you’ve played with for a while now, and the same group coming back, the coach lets you have a lot of fun with it and have a lot of influence. It’s fun to participate in. It’s fun to see the talented young guys we have.


Is the ceiling for this group of offensive players as high as any you’ve been around?

Potentially. I think it’s still always about staying healthy, as it is with any team. Staying healthy, and [we need to] keep wanting to get better, each guy individually. If each individual wants to get better, then collectively as a group we’ll get better.


You guys talked about the red zone issues early in the season that seemed to get better as the year went on. How would you like to see this offense evolve?

We just want to keep getting better in every phase of the game. Name a category, and we’ll say we want to get better at it. Whether it’s individually or collectively, as a group we need to get better and score more points, get better on third-down, red zone, first-down, second-down, everything.


Why is 30 points per game a realistic goal for this team?

It’s what our offensive coordinator set as a goal for us, so that’s what we’re going to try and do.


How important will Martavis Bryant’s development be?

It will be big. He’s put the work in. He looks good. He’s picking everything up. Last year we just kind of put him in there and gave him a couple of things to do, which he did really well at. Now we’re asking him to do more. We’re asking him to move around a little bit, front side, back side, and to know things better. I’m going to count on him in the no-huddle. Last year he’d ask everyone what to do. Now we feel more comfortable with him knowing what to do. Hopefully he’ll be able to translate that into playing faster.


13 days from your first game, what do you try to accomplish in these early practices?

Stay cool and really just staying healthy. We’ve got everyone back on offense, so that helps. It’s not really breaking in new guys. Obviously De’Angelo Williams is new, but really just trying to keep it going and piggyback off of last year. We don’t want to take any steps back.


What has Coach Tomlin meant to you during your career? How has he changed as a coach?

We’ve been together for a long time. I’m happy to have the same coach around for a long time. I’m glad he’s going to be here for a long time, along with a couple other people in the front office that were signed as well. It’s always fun when you can keep the same group of guys around, because of the familiarity with each other.


What did Jerome Bettis mean to you early in your career? How would you describe the relationship that you guys have?

Like a big brother. And we still do. A [much] older big brother. It’s just great. He was such an awesome leader and person. I still to this day, whenever there’s a situation dealing with a player, I think ‘How would Jerome handle this? What would he do?’ That’s how much I look up to him, because he meant that much to me and to everybody. He was such a good teammate and leader. I’m so happy for him going in [to the Hall of Fame]. It’s about time.


You can read his full interview and watch the video here.

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Ben: Steelers offense may be better than record-breaking ’14 season

July 26th, 2015 by

“You want to do it now, not because I feel I’m older. I feel great. I feel I’m playing well. My arm is great. I feel like we’ve got a great team.”



From Ed Bouchette’s interview with Ben today Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

072615At 33, Roethlisberger said he and his arm are in tip-top shape and that he is surrounded with perhaps the best talent he’s ever had from offensive line to Antonio Brown and his receivers and Le’Veon Bell at halfback.

“That group in front of me is as good as any in the league, and as good as any I’ve ever had. It’s great.

“Then you look at outside receiver. AB is as good as anybody in this league and arguably one of the greatest that I’ve played with. Just all around on offense, we have just a special group. It has a chance to be really good.

“There are a lot of young guys, kind of the unknown other than AB. But they have as much potential and talent from top to bottom as we’ve had here in a long time. To me the sky is the limit for them.”

While they may need more production on offense to overcome some defensive shortcomings that dropped them to a 21st-century low of 18th in the NFL in yards allowed, Roethlisberger believes they will improve as well.

“I feel they’re going to take what happened last year to heart. I know there’s some change there with coach [Keith] Butler and coach [Dick] LeBeau being gone and some new guys. But they’re really starting to come along. They’re a fast, physical group. It’ll be neat to see what they do this year.


You can read what else Ben had to say here.

Photo courtesy of Teresa Varley.



Ben also did a 1 on 1 interview with Mark Kaboly at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

When the Ravens’ Haloti Ngata broke Ben Roethlisberger’s nose with a chop to the face, Roethlisberger refused to come out of the game and didn’t miss a play despite a severely displaced septum and blood dripping down his face.
When Roethlisberger got his bell rung in last year’s playoff game against the Ravens, he missed three plays before returning to the field in a game that’s outcome had already been decided.

There is a legitimate reason why Roethlisberger refuses to leave work early under virtually any circumstance. He prides himself on being a tough guy.

Or as he called it: a Pittsburgh guy.

“I want to give it all to those fans because that’s what they do,” Roethlisberger told Trib Total Media on Sunday before the Steelers’ first practice of training camp at St. Vincent College. “If these guys are in the mines or working in the steel mills or wherever, if they break a finger, they aren’t going home. I feel like I want to be the same.”

Roethlisberger paused, then said, “I always wanted to be a Pittsburgh guy — that guy.”

A dozen years after the Steelers used a first-round pick on Roethlisberger, he considers himself a Pittsburgher and has adopted the city as his own.

No more Ohio Ben. It is more like Pittsburgh Ben.

“I want the fans and the people of Pittsburgh to embrace me as a Pittsburgher,” Roethlisberger said. “I am not the California surfer-type. I love the city and love the people, and hopefully they see me as a blue-collar Pittsburgh guy because that’s how I want to play the game.”


You can read the rest of his interview here.



And the best way to end the first day of camp:

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Steelers Nation Unite member Ted Webb shared these photos from the autograph signing that took place after practice for SNU members.


Vacation is over

July 25th, 2015 by

Now it’s time to get to work! Training camp is open for business!


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Here we go Steelers, here we go!!!



Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t ‘really care’ about elite QB debate, even if he is one

July 24th, 2015 by

From Nate Davis at USA Today Sports:

121414Ben Roethlisberger has never concerned himself with personal accolades. Yet the footprint of his ever-expanding legacy will only take on new dimensions when the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback reports for training camp with his teammates in Latrobe, Pa., this weekend.

And as he assumes the mantle of the longest-serving member of the Steelers roster for the first time in his career, Roethlisberger may also finally be breaking into that elusive club of truly elite NFL quarterbacks.

But Big Ben will tell you none of it is a big deal.

“For me, it’s always about winning. That’s always been my M.O.,” Roethlisberger, 33, told USA TODAY Sports. “People ask me all the time about what do I think about not being one of the five elites or the three elites or whatever it is.

“I don’t really care. As long as I can win football games and win championships, that’s all that really matters to me. At the end of the day, to me, that’s what you’re based on.”

He certainly has a solid base. February will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Steelers’ Super Bowl XL victory when Roethlisberger, then 23, became the youngest starting quarterback to win the Lombardi Trophy. Three years later, he added a second ring and narrowly missed a third when the team fell short against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

Roethlisberger also may have sparked a seismic shift in the way NFL teams treat young quarterbacks.

After being thrust into the lineup early in his rookie year for injured starter Tommy Maddox, Roethlisberger proceeded to go 13-0 in the 2004 regular season, won his first playoff start and took the Steelers all the way to the AFC Championship Game a year after they’d gone 6-10 with most of the same key personnel.

He became the first quarterback to earn AP offensive rookie of the year honors.

“He ultimately changed the thought process as far as how you evaluate quarterbacks,” said Charlie Batch, Roethlisberger’s (now retired) longtime backup.

“Before, it used to be throw them into the fire, see what happens and hopefully you win some games. And then he comes out the gate undefeated. So when people now figure out what that bar is, they always look at him and say, ‘Well if Ben can do it, why can’t we do it?’ — which is unfair to a lot of young quarterbacks.”


You can read the rest here.


A successful ‘surprise’

July 24th, 2015 by

…great friends, and an amazing time!

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Just want to say thank you to everyone who came to Ashley’s surprise 30th birthday party at the lake. You all are amazing and made her birthday so special. We love you all!

Special shout out to Noah and his fiancé Jamie for being there! And to Tyrone Wells and his wife Erin for their friendship and their amazing voices at the party! – Ben



You can see a larger version of the photo here.


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

WHAT: Nothing at this time
WHEN:
WHERE:

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Giant Eagle Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: June 13th & 14th, 2015
WHERE: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Country Club, Gibsonia, PA.
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.

 


2015 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

8/9 Pre-Season – Vikings HOF GAME – 8PM NBC
8/14 Pre-Season – @ Jaguars 7:30PM KDKA
8/23 Pre-Season – Packers 8PM KDKA
8/29 Pre-Season – @ Bills 4PM KDKA
9/3 Panthers 7:30PM KDKA
9/10 @ Patriots 8:30PM NBC
9/20 49ers 1PM FOX
9/27 @ Rams 1PM CBS
10/1 Ravens 8:25PM CBS
10/12 @ Chargers 8:30PM ESPN
10/18 Cardinals 8PM FOX
10/25 @ Chiefs 1PM CBS
11/1 Bengals 1PM CBS
11/8 Raiders 1PM CBS
11/15 Browns 1PM CBS
11/22 BYE N/A
11/29 @ Seahawks 4:25PM CBS
12/6 Colts 8:30PM NBC
12/13 @ Bengals 1PM CBS
12/20 Broncos 4:25PM CBS
12/27 @ Ravens 8:30PM NBC
1/3 @ Browns 1PM CBS