Roethlisbergers on the Runway

October 25th, 2014 by

This year, the Black and Gold Style Fashion Show celebrated 40 years of Steelers Style.

This worthwhile event included dinner and a high-energy runway fashion show extravaganza prominently featuring the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers and their families modeling clothing from American Eagle, Nike, and the NFL, benefiting the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center.

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Big Ben, his beautiful wife Ashley, our favorite little website poster, Benjamin Jr, and his adorable baby sister, Baylee showing off their Steelers Style on the runway!

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The Steelers’ Teresa Varley snapped this great photo and shared it with us:

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Daddy & Baylee take a turn on the big stage:

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There better be a bottle waiting for me backstage! Looking THIS good THIS late at night is hard work! – Baylee




You can see more great photos of your favorite Steelers players here, and read Ms. Varley’s runway review here.!


Ben: ‘To see the joy is special’

October 24th, 2014 by

The Steelers made a wish come true for a special fan from Texas.


From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com today:

As a wide-eyed James Davila watched Ben Roethlisberger emerge from the Steelers locker room area his smile was wider than the entire state of Texas, a place the 15-year old calls home.

Davila stared silently as Roethlisberger jokingly walked past him and spoke with his younger brother, then his sister and parents, and then, in a playful way Roethlisberger walked over to the Make-A-Wish recipient and asked him, and who are you.

Davila couldn’t stop smiling, couldn’t even speak he was so overcome with excitement. He let out an excited laugh, but that was about all the tongue-tied teen could muster. And how could you blame him, his wish was coming true.

And it got even better when Roethlisberger handed him the cleats he wore in Monday night’s win over the Houston Texans at Heinz Field and then autographed them for him.


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“It’s so much fun,” said Roethlisberger. “To be able to have someone where you can see the joy and their face light up is special. To give him that surprise and hand him my cleats was really fun.”

Davila, who recently completed treatment for sarcoma of the liver that required a transplant, had been waiting a year for this wish to come true – to meet Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu, as well as the rest of the Steelers. And through the relationship between the Steelers and the Make-A-Wish of Western Pennsylvania, it was worth the wait.

“When I first started liking the team I was a lot younger and liked the black and gold,” said Davila. “Then I watched them a lot on television, seeing how they played and I really liked the way they played. I really like Ben and Troy.”

Davila and his family attended practice on Friday, meeting Polamalu, Coach Mike Tomlin and Art Rooney II, as well as the rest of the players, and will be at Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field.

“This has been so exciting. I used to play football, and I like watching it. I can’t play football anymore, so seeing professional football players, what I wanted to do some day, is really exciting. Seeing them in person and not on the screen … wow.”


You can see more great photos of James, with players like Troy, Brett, Heath and Ike right here.


*A BIG Thank You to Ms. Varley & of course, the Steelers!


Starkey & Bouchette “talk Big Ben” today

October 23rd, 2014 by

“We do whatever it takes around here!” – Ben.



From Joe Starkey, at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

102314Mike Tomlin calls his quarterback “a sick competitor.” The description seemed especially apt Monday night at Heinz Field, where Ben Roethlisberger pretty much lost his mind in the pursuit of victory.

Roethlisberger turns 33 in March. He does not have the security of a new contract. His body has absorbed untold punishment in the form of 406 sacks and countless hits.

Yet there he was in the second quarter, diving head-first into the shins of Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus in hopes of giving Antonio Brown an extra second to throw. The result was a Brown-to-Lance Moore touchdown that went a long way toward the 99th victory of Roethlisberger’s career.

One question, Ben: Why did you do that?

“It’s my job to secure the edge, and he came upfield pretty quick. So I had to make sure I slowed him down.”

So yes, “sick competitor” fits. “Prolific winner” does, too, even after back-to-back 8-8 seasons (Roethlisberger has never had a losing one).

If the Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Roethlisberger will improve his record to 100-50 and reach 100 wins faster than all but three quarterbacks in NFL history. And those three quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw) own 11 Super Bowl rings combined.

This isn’t some statistician’s phony milestone. It’s not consecutive games with 15 completions for 150 yards. This is 100 wins.

This is big, even if Roethlisberger downplayed it Wednesday.


You can read more here, including “seven snapshots culled from those 99 wins”.


“He’s got it all. His anticipation, his vision, his awareness, especially when things are breaking down and [he is] finding guys and dumping the ball off and getting to his check-downs. He’s playing really good football.” – Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Ben.



And from Ed Bouchette, at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

102314_1Only three quarterbacks in the history of the NFL won their 100th game by their 150th start. Two are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the other is headed there.

They are Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady.

Ben Roethlisberger can become the fourth. All he and the Steelers must do is beat the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Heinz Field. It will be his only chance to match the other three because that will be Roethlisberger’s 150th regular-season start.

“I guess if you play long enough, you’re going to get those milestones,” was Roethlisberger’s reaction.

Well, no, not this one. Plenty of quarterbacks played many years without achieving 100 wins, never mind in their first 150 games. Roethlisberger always maintained that his most important statistic is wins and this would put him in rare company, not to mention two of the other three having strong Pittsburgh connections. Bradshaw and Montana each won four Super Bowls, Brady has three, Roethlisberger two.

“The guy is just a tremendous quarterback, he’s a future first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

Pagano knows what it’s like to prepare his team to play against Roethlisberger. As the Baltimore Ravens secondary coach and then defensive coordinator from 2008-11, his defenses went against Roethlisberger six times in the regular season (Roethlisberger missed two games against the Ravens in that time) and two playoff games.

With Roethlisberger playing, the Steelers went 6-2 in those games, including both in the postseason.

“I’ve gone against him obviously numerous times, some good and a lot of bad,” Pagano said.

Pagano detailed why it was so difficult preparing to play Roethlisberger.

“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s accurate, he’s got great, great vision, strength. You can’t get him down in the pocket. The way he’s able to throw on time, throw on rhythm, throw the deep ball and the way he can extend plays and escape and brush off would-be blitzers and things like that and find guys, it’s amazing.

“He’s completing 66, 67 percent of his passes. He’s only thrown three interceptions. He’s managing the game extremely well. He’s getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers. From a physical standpoint it looks like he’s in great shape. The movement, the mobility is still there. The arm talent has not diminished; he still throws one of the nicest balls in the entire National Football League — deep balls, check-downs, crossers, it doesn’t matter.”


You can read more here.


Steelers “Community Spotlight” on Ben

October 22nd, 2014 by

“Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shows his caring side when it comes to kids and animals”


From Teresa Varley at Steelers.com today:

2013LawEnforcementAward_HPSteelers’ fans see Ben Roethlisberger the football player, the guy on Sunday afternoons throwing touchdown passes, eluding defenders and making incredible plays on the football field.

But what they don’t often get to see are those tender moments when Roethlisberger is at his best, making kids smile, bringing happiness to a sick child who through the Make-A-Wish Foundation wants to meet the Steelers and Roethlisberger in particular.

“When a person has a last wish, or one wish to be granted, and they want to hang out with me, or hang out with the Steelers,” started Roethlisberger, pausing for a minute as he realizes the enormity of what it means. “For all of the things they could do and they want to do that …it’s pretty amazing.”

He also has a soft spot in his heart for those that protect and serve the community, in particular the K9 units as his love for animals has grown into a passion for helping law enforcement through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

Each year Roethlisberger provides a grant to a law enforcement agency or fire department in the Pittsburgh area, as well as to one in the cities where the Steelers play. The grant is to be used for the K9 units, bomb sniffing dogs or rescue dogs.

“I don’t think the service people get enough recognition and credit for the things that they do and the tireless efforts that they put in,” said Roethlisberger. “If I can do just a little bit to help them, then I am happy about that.”

The foundation, which started awarding the grants in 2007, has donated in excess of $1.2 million. He was honored by the Amen Corner last year at Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon, becoming the first non-law enforcement individual to be honored by the organization, receiving an award for his contribution to K9 units of police and fire departments in the Pittsburgh area and throughout the country (photo above).

Last year the loss of K9 Rocco, who died from injuries in a stabbing attack, struck the Pittsburgh community hard. Roethlisberger knew he had to do something to give back, and the foundation purchased a new dog, Beny, for Officer Phil Lerza, Rocco’s handler.

tempBen_Community_001_4--nfl_mezz_1280_1024Roethlisberger’s other passion is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He never hesitates when it comes to spending time with wish recipients, enjoying quiet moments with the kids after practice and always bringing laughter to even some shy, timid kids.

“He understands it, he gets it,” said Leigh Ann Lubarsky, Senior Manager of Program Services at Make-A-Wish in Pittsburgh. “He knows of all things this kid could have wished for, he wished to come there and meet him. He takes that time out of his day and that’s everything to a wish kid. He gets that. He is able to put everything aside and comes out to see the kids and is so approachable and jovial. Sometimes he will pretend he is not Ben, and the kids are so in awe.

“There is that moment you can see he connects with that kid. It’s so profound. When he is standing there he almost can’t believe the kid is that awestruck because it’s just him. It’s so special. For a kid to stand there and be like, ‘Ben is coming,’ that is so exciting. That moment is going to live forever with that family and it’s great.”

Lubarsky said some of the best moments are after the visit has ended and they are headed back to their hotel, that the child realized what just happened.

“That’s when it really hits them it happened,” said Lubarsky. “They are so excited. It’s so in the moment. When we sit down and on the way back there is that exhale moment and it really sinks in. It’s always he is so much taller than we ever thought, and they can’t believe how nice he is, how down to earth. People build the team up and in their mind they are a football player. They have no idea what their personality is going to be like. They are so surprised he is as funny and approachable as he is. They are like I can’t believe I just met Ben, and did you hear what he said.

“Every moment he spends with them they talk about and relive it. It’s a precious memory for them. Then they call family and relive it again. He then becomes more of a personal connection, and not just the football player they wanted to meet.”

Roethlisberger’s connection to Make-A-Wish doesn’t stop there. He has a rare relationship where not only is he someone who is able to grant a wish, but he helps wishes come true with donations from his foundation. The foundation began a yearly grant two years ago and so far has provided $55,000 to help make wishes come true.

“He has the unique perspective of granting wishes that have nothing to do with him,” said Lubarsky. “I don’t know how else to say it other than he is a double threat. He has impacted kids by meeting them and providing the funding. We don’t always see that.

“I am so thankful that we are a recipient of a grant from his foundation, but I am most excited that he is growing the relationship with us and it’s mostly about the wish recipients for him.”


You can read more & see photos here.



Did you miss The Ben Roethlisberger Show yesterday?


You can read the recap & listen to the audio of his entire show here.



And since it’s Wednesday -

That means Ben was surrounded by the media in the locker room after practice!


You can watch Ben’s interview here!


Just in case

October 21st, 2014 by

…you missed Ben’s One-on-One sit-down interview with Sally Wiggin last night prior to the game, you missed her look back at Ben’s first One-on-One interview with the rookie quarterback in 2004!

“To be like somebody, somebody like a Joe Montana that won a ton of Super Bowls. That’s obviously the ultimate goal.” – Ben, from that first One-on-One.


From Ms. Wiggin:

SallyWiggin10 years ago when the Steelers drafted a young Miami of Ohio quarterback, it had been 24 years since they had taken a quarterback in the first round. Quite frankly, that Ben Roethlisberger was none to happy he was the third quarterback taken in the Draft after Eli Manning and Philip Rivers.

Then, during the season, the starter, Tommy Maddox, went down and was injured, and [Ben] became the first rookie quarterback to go 13-0 in a season. That quarterback said he was motivated by a chip on his shoulder.

Now that it’s a decade later, what advice would the 32-year old Roethlisberger have for the 22-year old rookie?

Ben: Enjoy it. It goes fast. I remember when I got here, I tell the story all the time – Jerome pulled me aside at one point, and said, ‘Enjoy this because it goes really fast’. I remember thinking to myself, ‘right, okay whatever.’ Now, It’s amazing it’s been ten years. I tell the young guys the same thing Jerome told me.


SallyWiggin_2014Sally: In that time, there was the glory of winning two Super Bowls, the pain of injury, the humiliation of scandal, and the start of a family. How would you analyze your evolvement?

Ben: I would answer your question with, ‘Yes, people can change, and people can grow up.’ I think it’s to each individual what they want to do. I’m thankful for the freedoms we have in this country, that I’ve got a loving family. You can make smart choices and decisions when it comes to your life.


Sally: That loving family, with wife Ashley, grew in the off-season. Daughter Baylee was born in March, joining her big brother Ben Jr…

Ben: Life is fun, especially when you go home! I tell my son, come here and give me a hug! Can I get a hug? ‘Yep’, he will run over and give you a hug. That’s the big thing – the patience, kindness, love. It makes you appreciate your life so much more because these children are – they are totally dependent on you.


You can watch it here.


Steelers 30, Texans 23

October 21st, 2014 by

Watt a game!!

“I feel like offensively we still left a little bit out there. But we scored enough.” – Ben.



Ben was 23 of 33 for 265 yards, two TDs and no interceptions as the Steelers rallied to beat Houston 30-23 and improve to 4-3. Ben threw his two TD’s while the Steelers were taking advantage of two Texans turnovers to score 21 points over the final 87 seconds of the first half.

Antonio Brown threw for a touchdown during the scoring flurry and had nine catches for 90 yards.


From Will Graves, AP:

14One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night.

Pittsburgh (4-3) needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Texans self-destructed while losing their third straight.

Roethlisberger finished with 265 yards passing. Le’Veon Bell racked up 145 yards of total offense and rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught a momentum-swinging touchdown pass in his first NFL start.

Arian Foster ran for 102 yards for Houston (3-4), but just 29 over the final three quarters.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 32 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the Texans were undone by three turnovers.

Watt recovered a fumble and picked up his third sack of the season but was neutralized for most of the second half.

By then, the Steelers were on their way to the win.

One frantic stretch turned the tide.

Pittsburgh was listless for the first 25 minutes, letting Foster and Fitzpatrick do whatever they wanted as the Texans raced to a 13-0 lead that seemed larger.

A 44-yard Shaun Suisham field goal with 3:08 left in the half gave the Steelers a minor boost.

A strike from Roethlisberger to Bell provided a much larger one shortly after the 2-minute warning. Roethlisberger hit the versatile back for a 43-yard gain — Pittsburgh’s longest pass play of the season — to move the ball to the Houston 35.

Roethlisberger then hit Bryant, who struggled staying healthy in the preseason and spent the first six weeks on the inactive list, with a beautiful rainbow Bryant caught at the back of the end zone to make it 13-10 with 1:27 left.

The Steelers were just getting started.


You can read more here.



And from Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

16The Steelers trailed, 13-0, midway through the second quarter. It wouldn’t be quite accurate to say the offense was doing nothing because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had lost a fumble, leading to a Houston field goal. The crowd, such as it was minus about 9,000 no-shows, was booing lustily. There was an overwhelming feeling the home team was headed toward another crushing loss at Heinz Field that surely would put their season in jeopardy.

Bell didn’t allow it to happen. He took a little dump pass over the middle from Roethlisberger on a third-and-10 play and, after shrugging off Houston linebacker Brian Cushing, turned it into a 43-yard gain. It was the play of the game. It gave the Steelers life. They had to settle for a field goal, but, as it turned out, it was just the start of their best offensive quarter of the season. They scored three touchdowns in the final 1:27.

“I saw it was man-to-man coverage,” Bell said. “I knew I had a chance to get the rock. I made sure I won the match-up [against Cushing].”

Roethlisberger loved it.

“That play was huge. It flipped the field. I think it was our first third-down conversion. It got us started.”

Tomlin agreed.

Roethlisberger called Bell “phenomenal.”

“It’s not that he can do anything. He can do everything. He’s such a difference-maker.”

Bell caught a 28-yard screen pass to set up the Steelers’ first touchdown, cutting the Houston lead to 13-10. Later, he had a 2-yard touchdown catch to give the Steelers a 24-13 lead. He finished with eight catches for 88 yards.

“His awareness is unbelievable,” Roethlisberger said. “On that touchdown play, he went in motion and he was supposed to run a fade pattern. He saw the coverage and broke it off [outside safety D.J. Swearinger]. He made that play.”

Roethlisberger said he never doubted the Steelers offense would get rolling. “We always believe and have faith regardless of how things are going.” But Roethlisberger was mighty glad Bell stepped up and led the way. “I say it all the time. I think he’s one of the best all-around backs in the game. He proved it again.”


You can read more here.

You can watch video of Ben’s post-game interview here.

You can check out a few game photos here.


Tune in!

October 18th, 2014 by

Ben sat down for an interview today at Steelers HQ with ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew.

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The interview will air during the Monday Night Countdown Show, which starts at 6:00 PM (ET).


Daddy’s ON DUTY!!

October 16th, 2014 by

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“Dad’s got the kids tonight and it’s dinner time! Man, this isn’t easy! Moms, you guys are the best!!!” – Ben



“Markus Wheaton puts in extra time with Ben Roethlisberger”

October 15th, 2014 by

From Scott Brown, ESPN.com’s AFC North Blog:

Ben_WheatonPittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been patient with Markus Wheaton but that might be running a little thin after the second-year wide receiver caught just four passes last Sunday in Cleveland despite getting targeted 11 times.

He and Ben Roethlisberger seemed to be operating off different scripts, something that became painfully obvious to the Steelers on a critical third down early in the second quarter.

Roethlisberger said before the Steelers’ first practice of the week that Wheaton is still adjusting to the speed of the NFL game after playing just 152 snaps as a rookie and missing four games because of a broken finger.

“In college you can kind of wait for a receiver to come out of a break before you throw it,” Roethlisberger said. “Here you have to throw it before they come out of their break. He’s working hard to make sure he gets the proper depth, to get his hands around with his head and make the play. I know he will.”

Wheaton followed through on a promise he made after the Steelers’ 31-10 loss to the Browns. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder showed up at the Steelers’ practice facility early Wednesday morning so he could watch film of the game with his quarterback.

“I think that speaks volumes about him wanting to get in there, wanting to learn, to be corrected,” Roethlisberger said. “I broke down every single pass play that he did and told him what I thought he did right and what he did wrong. He’s the type of guy that’s going to take that and make him better. I have all the confidence in the world that Markus will come out and be better than ever.”


You can read more here.

You can watch Ben’s regular Wednesday interview with the media here (video).


“Thank you Ben!”

October 14th, 2014 by

From a recent email received to the website:

101414_OfficerSmithMy name is Jay Rusch and I am the General Manager at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken, SC.

Earlier this evening, I was reading an article about Ben Roethlisberger and it pertained to Aiken, SC.

I was a little surprised and excited especially after I finished the article. I am a HUGE Steeler fan (born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA) and I currently live in Aiken, SC, I thought to myself, this is awesome!

A close friend of mine, Clark Smith is a K-9 Narcotics Officer for Aiken Department of Public Safety and his K-9 partner, Fox (Belgium Malinois – photo attached) are an amazing team and asset to our community.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Ben Roethlisberger for the grant to ADPS. – Best regards, Jay Rusch, PGA.


Thank you to Jay for taking the time to send us the email and the photo of your friend and his partner!


You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

WHAT: Nothing at this time
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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 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 Win: 37-19
9/28 Tampa Bay Loss: 27-24
10/5 @ Jacksonville Win: 17-9
10/12 @ Cleveland Loss: 31-10
10/20 Houston Win: 30-23
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