Ben’s Foundation: Grant announced for the Aiken, SC Public Safety Department

September 18th, 2014 by

Today, Ben announced the second grant of the 2014-15 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

“We are honored to receive this grant from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. This grant will allow us to purchase another K-9 dog trained in narcotics so that we continue to make progress in the fight against drugs in our community.” – Chief Charles Barranco, Aiken Public Safety Department.

AikenSCThe Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Aiken Department of Public Safety in South Carolina, just two hours from Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Steelers will play the Carolina Panthers this Sunday evening.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety will apply the grant funds to the purchase and training of a new dog trained to find narcotics.

During the 2014-15 NFL season, Ben’s foundation will be distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. His foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area and will consider a grant to a non-NFL market city in the United States for each playoff game in which the Steelers compete.

This marks the eighth season that Ben’s foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The Foundation distributed $157,600 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2013 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.2 million since 2007.

You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.

You can also check out some great photos here.

Wednesday: Talking with the media

September 17th, 2014 by

“Well just that. He was my first quarterback coach in the NFL and I learned a lot from him. We still keep in touch and we still hang out because he’s a good guy. He understands the game of football, too. He’s got a lot of stories and a lot of understanding of this game and so anytime you can be around someone and just absorb some of the things that they’ve been through I think it just makes you a better person and player.” – Ben, on what Mark Whipple meant to him as his first quarterback coach in the NFL.

Ben answers questions about last week’s game against the Ravens and the upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers:

091714_1How are you feeling?


Are there any effects from the Baltimore game?

Yeah, but it’s football. You’re always going to be sore. I’ll let you guys know when there is a week that I’m not sore from the game.

Did that hit affect your accuracy during the game?

Who knows? I’m not going to make excuses. I didn’t play well enough, whether it was from a hit or just not playing good. I know it hurt.

What has happened since the offense’s success the first half against Cleveland?

We played a good team on the road (in) a hostile environment. We just made one mistake here, one there. I don’t think there are any big, glaring issues. No panic from us. It doesn’t get any easier this week playing one of the best defenses in the NFL. We just have to continue to get better and take what defenses give us.

Re: Carolina’s defensive line:

It’s hard to find a weakness in their defense in general. As I talked to the Carolina media, to give them credit, they don’t do a lot of things crazy. It’s not a lot of exotic blitzes (and) moving guys around doing things. Because they count on their guys just to whoop you and that’s their front four, which is kind of a front-seven, eight or nine because they rotate so many guys. (They are a defense) that always stays fresh and always goes hard so it’s definitely going to be a challenge for our offensive line but I know they’re excited for that challenge.

Do you talk with your offensive lineman and have you spoken with Marcus Gilbert because he struggled last week?

No, I’m not going to do anything out of the ordinary. I talk to those guys all of the time anyway. I think being a leader, the fun part about it is knowing how to lead each individual and each individual is different. I’ve said this many times, however you approach them. I’ve talked to him, I’ve talked to the other guys but it’s no different than I normally would do. I think Marcus is one of those guys, just like the rest of the line that put more on themselves than any pressure anybody else can put on them. They feel worse about having a bad game than anybody so you don’t have to say too much to them. I know the person he is and the competitor he is. He is going to come out and be ready to play.

Do you see any similarities between your game and Cam Newton’s game?

He’s a lot better athlete than I am. He can throw it further than I can. So I don’t know where the comparisons are. I guess they just say because he’s big, and he’s bigger than me too. So I guess I’ll take that as a compliment that coaches compare me to him (laughing).

You can read the rest and watch the video of his interview here.

93.7 The Fan: The Ben Roethlisberger Show

September 17th, 2014 by

“For me it’s just about focusing on our team, on me, our players, and what we have here in Pittsburgh. I’m not going to get caught up in things going on in other cities and with other players because that takes away from us, and what we have to do to be the best football team we can be…I’m trying to be the best Pittsburgh Steeler and representative for Pittsburgh that I can be, to make my team proud, our owners, our fans. For me it’s all about how can I be the best I can be for my family – to my kids, to my wife – because that’s what I want to do, be the best football player I can be, but I also want to be the best husband and father I can be.” – Ben, on his mindset when asked about all of the recent NFL news and distractions.

Ben joined The Cook and Poni Show on Tuesday for his weekly appearance on the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show:

091714He looked back at a disappointing Week 2 performance last Thursday at Baltimore and he is still hurting from it.

Ben took a severe hit early in the game from Courtney Upshaw that he said may have been one of the hardest hits he has ever taken. Maybe a close second to the one Bart Scott put on him in Baltimore in 2006.

“I’m hurting today as much as I was at any point I can think of in the last year. I lost my breath instantly and remember hitting the ground thinking, ‘Boy, that hurt a lot.’ I kind of pride myself on not taking those big hits, but I sure as heck didn’t see it coming.”

Ben said that having wide receiver Lance Moore back this week will give them options in a four wide receiver package, and that they will also try to work some new players into the mix, saying that the offense they want to be is the one they were in the first half against the Cleveland Browns.

“It’s no time to panic. It’s a time to focus and to make plays and play better football.”

When asked if he sensed a “level of worry” from the younger players, he said he did not, but that it’s up to him and the other veterans on the team to make sure that they continue to keep the focus on getting better.

“It’s nothing to be scared about. It’s a miscommunication here and there not something we have to go back to the drawing board about and need to fix.”

You can listen to his show here (podcast link is at the bottom of the page).

Tuesday’s Tweet of the Day

September 16th, 2014 by

…comes from #84:


Antonio Brown @AntonioBrown84
Compassion & Teamwork! #cueupu

“Thanks again Ben!”

September 13th, 2014 by

From an email we received on Thursday afternoon:

CharlesCountyK9My name is Ronald Farrell and I am a Lieutenant with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Charles County Maryland.

Our agency was just notified that we were approved for a grant from Big Ben’s Foundation for the purchase of a K-9 for our agency. This means so much – that we are able to put another resource out to ensure the safety of our officers and citizens in our county.

This was also somewhat personal for me since it is my birthday today, and it does get hard to celebrate on such a traumatic date (September 11th), but this news brightens my day, and along with that, I have been a lifelong Steelers fan.

We are so grateful to Ben and his foundation for all the support for Law enforcement Agencies across the country.

Thanks again Ben!

*And thank you to Lieutenant Farrell, Assistant Commander, Patrol Operations for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office!

Photo: That’s PFC Behm and his K9 partner, Ryker on the left, and Cpl. C. Clevenger and his K9 partner, Eno on the right. They apprehended three suspects in a shooting that occurred in Charles County, MD in May of 2014.

First grant of the 2014-15 season for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation

September 10th, 2014 by

Today, Ben announced the first grant of the 2014-15 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, southwest of Baltimore, MD where the Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, September 11th.

“We appreciate The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for their generous grant. The foundation supports a great cause and tremendously helps many agencies all around the United States. Our K9s are important to us and to the citizens we serve. They help track missing people, locate fugitives and provide extra safety for officers who must confront very dangerous situations. We wouldn’t be able to do this without this grant funding.” – Sheriff Rex Coffey, Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office will apply the grant funds to the purchase and training of a new dog to replace recently retired K-9 Atos, who served with the department for over eight years.

ben_foundation_1During the 2014-15 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area and will consider a grant to a non-NFL market city in the United States for each playoff game in which the Steelers compete. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

This marks the eighth season that Ben’s foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh.

Ben and his Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish.

The Foundation distributed $157,600 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2013 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.2 million since 2007.

You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.

You can also see some great photos in Ben’s foundation album here.

Inside the Locker Room: Big Ben

September 9th, 2014 by

Ben weighs in on this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

090914_1Are there any thoughts that you want to share regarding everything that is happening in Baltimore?

No, we’re in Pittsburgh. We’re getting ready for a game. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. But we’re going to control what we control and that’s the game (and) what we can do on Thursday night.

How does a team go about keeping the outside distractions outside and staying focused?

It’s just about your guys in the locker room. There are distractions and a lot of it comes from media, family, friends outside, but if you keep it tight in your locker room that’s the best way that I feel you go about it.

Do you notice any new tweaks with Baltimore’s defense this year?

They’re a real good defense. They’ve got a lot of the same faces that are great players and some new ones. This is not going to be easy for us, especially on a short week. Preparation is quick. It’s going to be a physical game we anticipate and not an easy one for our offense.

What was the difference between the first half and the second half against Cleveland? Was it them or is there something that you can improve on?

A little bit of both I think. They’re a good team (and) a good defense. And we maybe weren’t as aggressive in the second half as we were in the first half. You learn from it.

What do you mean when you say you weren’t as aggressive?

We weren’t as aggressive. It means a lot of things.

What’s the biggest challenge in playing in a short week?

Getting prepared, both mentally and physically I know for myself. A lot of guys are beat up, just typical soreness after a football game and then turning it around to a couple days later to play probably one of the most physical games you’ll play all year. Just mentally being able to get your body as ready to play as your mind is.

Is this the best rivalry in football?

I think so but I’m playing in it so it’s different as I’m sure a lot of other teams will say that theirs is. But for a football fan I think you have to love it because it’s usually close, it’s usually low scoring. It’s two very like-minded teams and it’s physical as anything I’ve ever played in.

Will you be more aggressive in your play-calling?

It depends on the situation. You have to be smart, you have to know what’s going on situationally around you to score down and distance, players (and) things like that.

Re: Possibly starting the season 2-0 and be able to set them back to 0-2:

No, we’re just trying to get one win. I know that the record would be 2-0 but the slate is kind of wiped clean if you will. We’re trying to get our first win and it’s an AFC North game so it means that much more. It’s at their place, first game on the road, so it’s going to be a mighty test for us.

You can read & listen to Ben’s full interview with the media here.

Just in case you missed it:

The Ben Roethlisberger Show is back on 93.7 The Fan!

Ben’s first show of the new season was heard this morning as part of The Cook and Poni Show.

You can both read about it, and listen to it here.

A Steeler Nation Shout Out:

090914_2“Her name is Kaniese O’Dell and she is 16 years old. She has been having a really rough time with her health. She has chronic pancreatitis, which requires a special diet. She is in pain every time she eats, no matter what it is. She has already had one surgery last year.

Three weeks ago, we took her to the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor because she was having problems swallowing. The doctor said that she needs to have surgery soon to remove a mass from her nose and throat. She will also have her tonsils taken out at the same time. Her surgery is next Monday, September 15th.

Kaniese is such a strong young lady. She NEVER complains, and she always tries to uplift other people even though she feels like she cannot bear take any more pain.

She absolutely LOVES Ben and the Steelers. Win or lose, our whole family supports the team.

I really want to do special things for her because she has done so many things to help me. I have been out of work because I broke my neck in a car accident when a drunk driver hit me. She nursed me back to health and put herself and her pain second.” – Proud mom, Jami O’Dell.

Please keep this young lady and her family in your thoughts and prayers!!

Watch it on Wednesday!

September 9th, 2014 by

Ben will be featured on the prime time special “Under the Lights” on Wednesday, Sept. 10th at 9:00pm ET on CBS.

The one-hour special will be hosted by Jim Nance, the CBS Sports‘ lead NFL play-by-play announcer and the voice of Thursday Night Football, and will celebrate some of the greatest and most memorable moments in the history of prime time football. The show will also preview the Thursday Night Football schedule.

The show will revisit classic moments in NFL history and feature conversations between CBS and NFL stars including Mark Harmon, Tom Selleck, LL Cool J, Billy Gardell, Jerry Rice, Andrew Luck, Julio Jones and of course Big Ben!

If you are unable to watch on Wednesday, you can tune in to a re-airing of the special on NFL Network on Tuesday, September 16th at 10pm ET.

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For GMC’s Never Say Never Moment of Week 1 in the NFL:

090914Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers hold off furious Browns comeback: The Pittsburgh Steelers stormed out to a 27-3 halftime lead, and appeared to have the game well in hand. However, the second half was another story as the Cleveland Browns scored 24 unanswered points.

The Steelers managed to shift momentum late in the fourth quarter and get into position for Shaun Suisham’s game-winning 41-yard field goal in a 30-27 win. The win helped quarterback Ben Roethlisberger improve his career record to 18-1 against the Browns, the best mark of any quarterback against one team since at least 1970 (minimum 15 starts).

Cast your vote here.

Worth Repeating:

From sportswriter Tom Reed at the Cleveland Plain Dealer -

“Ben Roethlisberger is a 6-foot-5, 241-pound quarterback armored in pads and coated in Teflon. He extends plays with his feet, shakes off would-be sackers like a golden retriever spraying bath water and makes defenders squirm in their seats during Monday morning film sessions.”

Ben: “I love where my life is right now with my family and with football”

September 8th, 2014 by

“Without a doubt, he is a high-echelon quarterback in the NFL. He’s consistently productive and he has been one of the toughest players I have seen in the league. I only coached him three years, but he played with a number of different injuries. I have never seen a more competitive guy on Sundays. He has a great feel for the game.” – Bill Cowher.

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“Big Ben reflects on a decade as quarterback”

090814_3The first decade of Ben Roethlisbeger’s NFL career appears as a kaleidoscope, bursting with color and breathtaking images here, there, everywhere.

From bright lights to dark shadows, from uncommon success to humiliation, it has been some ride for the Steelers quarterback, his teammates, his employers and his fans.

No one knows that better than Roethlisberger, who heads into his second pro decade against Cleveland today at the top of his game.

“In 10 years, I’ve had a lifetime worth of experiences, both on and off the field.”

What can a decade yield for one quarterback? Three Super Bowls, two Lombardi Trophies, virtually every Steelers passing record, the only rookie NFL quarterback to go 13-0, no losing seasons, a horrific motorcycle accident, many broken bones and sprains, a four-game suspension, a wedding, the births of two children. Is he, at 32, a better man and quarterback for it all?

“I love where my life is right now with my family and with football,” Roethlisberger said, reflecting one day this summer on all that has occurred since he embarked on his pro career as the Steelers’ first draft pick in 2004.

The Steelers love where he is, as well. He delighted, frustrated and even angered many of them over the past decade, but they agree with his own assessment of where he finds himself today.

“I think Ben is in the prime of his career,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “He looks to be in great shape, looks good on the field. I think he’s primed and ready to go.”

Roethlisberger, who played every snap last season, has missed nine games because of injuries and one, the 2006 opener, after an appendectomy. He was rested twice in meaningless season finales before the playoffs and suspended by the NFL for four other games. He should have missed more, including a couple in 2011 when he had a severe ankle sprain in the first half of the 13th game against Cleveland.

090814_4“It was a pretty serious injury,” Colbert said. “I went down at halftime to sort of comfort him, to say, ‘Hey, you’ll be fine; in four, five weeks, you’ll be good.’ He’s in there getting strapped up, talking to [quarterbacks coach] Randy Fichtner about what they were going to do in the second half.”

There were many examples of that toughness, including his return to start training camp barely six weeks after he sustained multiple facial fractures in that 2006 motorcycle accident that required seven hours of surgeries. His head bounced off a car windshield and hit the street.

“He almost lost his life,” Cowher said. “He went through training camp, but didn’t take any hits. We had to ease him back into it. It took him at least half a year to feel comfortable back in that pocket, which was totally understandable.”

There would be another offseason wreck four years later, only this time his personal and professional life hit the pavement, splattered in a humiliating incident in the college town of Milledgeville, Ga.

Milledgeville and its repercussions proved to be a crossroads for Roethlisberger.

“It forced me to grow up really quick,” he said.

It knocked him for a loop like no sack ever could.

“Absolutely. It was like, ‘OK, you need to get your act together.’ To me, that meant football, it meant family, it meant life, friends,” Roethlisberger said. “It was a total awakening. The Lord used that as a slap in the face, but he hit me with a brick.”

He is not thankful for the events, but is grateful “that it did wake me up and snap me back into who my parents raised me to be. I’m thankful for the person I have become because of it.”

090814Afterward, his parents moved from Ohio to the Pittsburgh area. He married in July 2011 and his wife Ashley gave birth to a son in November 2012 and a daughter in March. He went back and earned his degree from Miami University two years ago (“How do you tell your kids how important school is if you don’t even have your degree?”). He no longer rides a motorcycle, although he says he will when his career ends.

He was named the Steelers’ 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year, which recognizes a player’s excellence on the field and his community service. The local Pro Football Writers voted him for The Chief award after the 2010 season for his cooperation with them.

By many accounts, the personal actions of the Roethlisberger of the past four years have been quite different from the ones of his first six with the Steelers. Many have noticed the difference.

“Above it all, watching him grow off the field – a mature father, husband, and listening to him talk and speak as I see in the media – he’s so much more mature now,” Cowher said. “He has a great sense of perspective now. He’s in a great place.”

You can the rest here.

*Thank you to Mr. Bouchette.

Steelers win nail-biting home opener 30-27

September 7th, 2014 by

“That is why we put the work in. That’s where it all comes from. We make an adjustment last minute, no one blinks, no one flinches. They run the proper play and we get into field goal range.” – Ben

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Roethlisberger improved his record against Browns to 18-1 (.947), best mark of any QB vs. 1 team since 1970 merger.

From Mary Kay Cabot,Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“Ben Roethlisberger owns the Cleveland Browns”

090714_pgAfter all these years, Ben Roethlisberger is still making the Browns pay for passing on him in the draft in 2004. He can improve to 18-1 over the Browns with a victory and 10-0 against them at home. He’s also looking to go to 8-1 in home openers — and is still seemingly indestructible.

“When you’ve got a quarterback that’s damn near impossible to bring down, it opens up a lot of room for success,” said Browns defensive end Billy Winn. “One guy will miss a tackle, two guys will miss a tackle and basically all of his receivers are just out there playing backyard football, getting open and creating opportunities. You have to have multiple guys getting to the quarterback. It’s not good enough having one guy back there. You have to have constant pressure.”

Roethlisberger shows no signs of slowing down at 32. Last season, he finished No. 3 in the NFL with a 92.0 passer rating, No. 7 with 28 touchdowns and No. 9 with 4,261 yards.

You can read more here.

From Pat McManamon, ESPN – AFC North blog:

“Roethlisberger reads and the Browns fail”

090714_pg1Sunday’s 30-27 Steelers win in Heinz Field was greatly influenced by two plays, one the Steelers made, the other the Cleveland Browns didn’t. Taken on their own, they were two plays in a game that had 131. Taken in the context and situation of the game, the two plays had large significance.

Both came on the last possession for each team with the score tied at 27.

Pittsburgh’s was successful, and led to the game-winning field goal.

Cleveland’s was not, and contributed to a punt that gave the Steelers the ball for their game-winning drive.

For the Steelers, Roethlisberger’s savvy and poise were on display with 20 seconds left. As he walked to the ball at the Cleveland 44-yard-line, he realized the play the Steelers had called would fail.

“[The Browns] showed a coverage that the initial play that we called wasn’t going to be good with,” Roethlisberger said.

So he signaled to Markus Wheaton and told him to run a different route. Wheaton broke open against what looked like zone coverage by the Browns, and his 20-yard reception at the Browns 24 set up Scott Suisham’s game-winning field goal.

You can read the rest here.

From Jim Corbet, USA Today:

“Steelers edge Browns after squandering huge lead”

090714_pg2Ben Roethlisberger worked his comeback magic once more, leading the 33rd comeback win of his 11th-year career. Roethlisberger fired a 20-yard slant to Markus Wheaton down to the Cleveland 24 yard-line, spiking the football with :05 left. Shaun Suisham calmly banged a 41-yard field goal to save the Steelers.

The Steelers heeded their summer-long mantra of starting fast after last year’s 0-4 start doomed them to a second consecutive 8-8 season. You can’t start much hotter than Roethlisberger did, firing for 278 yards on 16 of 22 passing, the highest first-half passing yardage of his career. What he did best was shrug off a diving interception by linebacker Karlos Dansby as if it never happened.

You can read more here.

You can listen to Ben’s post-game interview here!

And you can check out some photos from the game here.


WHAT: Nothing at this time


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


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.




8/9 Pre-Season – NYG Loss: 20-16
8/16 Pre-Season – Buffalo Win: 19-16
8/21 Pre-Season – @ Philadelphia Loss: 31-21
8/29 Pre-Season – Carolina Loss: 10-0
9/7 Cleveland Win: 30-27
9/11 @ Baltimore Loss: 26-6
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