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.


Steelers: the “AFC dark horse” this season?

July 13th, 2014 by

From Peter Schrager at FOX Sports this morning:

111713news_1No NFL postseason contender — not the Broncos, the Patriots and likely not even the Seahawks —wanted to see the Steelers make the playoffs last year, but Pittsburgh came awfully darn close in the end.

There are high expectations in Steel City, and in the 40th-anniversary season of the 1974 team that won the franchise’s first Super Bowl, the fan base is looking for a much better result than 8-8.

The Steelers enter the season undoubtedly younger and faster than they were a season ago. The team was uncharacteristically active in free agency this offseason, adding veterans Mike Mitchell, Cam Thomas, Lance Moore, and LeGarrette Blount while maintaining a level of consistency by signing deals with veterans Jason Worilds, Heath Miller, Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor. Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier is expected to contribute right from the start, with recent draft picks Jarvis Jones, Cameron Heyward and David DeCastro expected to take on bigger roles.

Pittsburgh’s roster, solid just about everywhere, has two question marks at the offensive tackle positions. This is nothing new for Ben Roethlisberger, a grossly underrated quarterback who’s played behind questionable offensive lines for the bulk of his NFL career.

Tomlin is one of the best coaches in the league, Roethlisberger is a gamer, and the defense should be faster and hungrier than it was a season ago. The core unit is back, with key additions all over the field. No one wanted to face the Steelers at the end of 2013. I can’t imagine foes wanting to line up against them in 2014, either.


You can read more & watch the roundtable discussion (video) here.


It’s a Throwback Thursday & a “Thank you”

July 10th, 2014 by

….rolled into one!

Ashley Bright recently became aware of Ben’s website through Twitter, and wanted to not only share a photo, but finally get the chance to thank Ben!

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@_BigBen7 – Chance to say Thank You!! For a lifetime moment for an 8 year old boy! 2010 in Denver, Co.! Thank You!!



And more from his email to the website:

My son’s name is Caden Hines Bright (notice the middle name) – He was 8 years old at the time! It was a pre-season game in Denver, Colorado in August of 2010! Ben was warming up about 20-yards away. After the warm-up, he ran right towards us! I am the man that is going crazy with excitement because he came right up to my son (in the yellow cap)!

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The pictures were from the Denver Post as they covered the whole thing! That’s why they are so good!

We are lifetime Steelers fans that live in Wyoming! We have the football in a plastic case in Caden’s room! He was the most popular person that day among all the Steelers fans!! It was his first NFL game, albeit a preseason game!!

Thrilled to reach out and thank Ben for this lifetime moment!! – Ashley Bright


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“That day was one of the greatest days in my life and thanks to Mr. Roethlisberger for giving me the football!” – Caden Bright




And a little bit about this Steeler Nation family:

On the day Mr. Bright emailed, he and his family were anxiously awaiting the arrival of a little orphaned boy with special needs from China! They were offering their home and their love to this youngster through an organization called Project 143.

He sent photos when Le arrived!

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“Here is a photo of Caden and Le! In the second photo is my daughter Kirsten and son Caden standing with Le. Our family gave him Steelers sunglasses right away!” – Ashley Bright



Thank you to the Bright family for not only sharing their photos and story from 2010, but also the photo of the newest member of their family as well as the Steelers family!


“One of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history”

July 9th, 2014 by


This is the third of three plays nominated as the most memorable play in team history.


From Scott Brown, ESPN AFC North blogger:

SBXLIII_1Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes played pitch and catch so effortlessly that it seemed as if they were in a backyard.

The two were, in fact, on one of sports’ biggest stages, and the Arizona Cardinals were powerless to stop them at the end of Super Bowl XLIII.

A Larry Fitzgerald 64-yard touchdown reception had given the upstart Cardinals a 23-20 lead with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game. After a holding penalty moved the Steelers back to their own 12-yard line, Roethlisberger and Holmes went to work.

They connected three times in moving the Steelers to the Cardinals’ 6-yard line with less than a minute to play.

A first-down pass from Roethlisberger to Holmes in the back left corner of the end zone looked like it would give the Steelers the go-ahead touchdown. But a leaping Holmes could not hang on to the ball.

“When I threw it and it looked like he had it, I was celebrating and I just remember, ‘Oh man,’ but coming back to the huddle I was encouraging. He wasn’t down at all,” Roethlisberger said recently. “He was disappointed he didn’t catch it, but there was no worry about going to him on the next play.”

Roethlisberger did just that.

After eluding the Cardinals’ pass rush and going through his progression of reads, Roethlisberger spied Holmes in the opposite corner of the end zone where he had almost made the game-winning catch a play earlier.

Three Cardinals defensive backs were also in the area, but Roethlisberger threw the pass anyway.

“When it came off my hand, I thought the defender (cornerback Ralph Brown) in front was going to turn around,” Roethlisberger said. “I really thought it was intercepted when I let go of it, but it ended up just over his hand and where [Holmes] could make a play.”

Roethlisberger had thrown the ball where only Holmes could make a play on it. And Holmes turned in one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history when he leaped for the ball and then got both feet inbounds by inches after pulling it in.


You can read more from Mr. Brown, and vote for what you think is the “most memorable play in Steelers’ history” here.


The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation: 2014-15 Guidelines for Grant Requests

July 6th, 2014 by

This marks the eighth grant cycle for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. 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.

“My department received a grant from your foundation during the last NFL season to purchase a new K9 for our department. I was chosen to be assigned to the K-9 unit and be the dog’s handler. Let me start off by saying that I am extremely grateful and can not describe in words how thankful I am that our department was chosen for this grant.

K9 ‘Ajax’ and I will be completing our first training school (Narcotics Scent Detection) in approximately two weeks. Then in September we will be starting “Patrol School” together. K9 has always been a goal and a dream of mine and because of your foundation I was able to achieve it. Once again, thank you very much for your generosity and for choosing our department.” – Officer John G. Reuter, Fort Lee (NJ) Police Department, in an email to the website on March 27, 2014.



Police & Fire Departments: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund grant guidelines for the 2014-2015 grant cycle -

1stDayOnTheJob_wpBen’s foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2014 NFL season.

He is inviting 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 XLIX.

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.

Eligible departments must apply to The Giving Back Fund by August 15, 2014.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


You can view the full grant requirements, eligibility and evaluation process, please visit http://www.givingback.org/documents/RFP_2014_BRF_app.pdf.

You can also see the guidelines on Ben’s Foundation page here.

And you can enjoy more photos in the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation album here.


One year ago today…

July 4th, 2014 by

Big Ben spent his 4th of July in Ireland:


Happy Fourth of July Weekend Steeler Nation!

Celebrating Independence Day at the Irish U.S. Embassy with Ambassador Rooney, who is hosting a flag football game today:

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Ben, Ashley and Mr. & Mrs. Rooney pose in front of the Ambassador’s residence this afternoon.



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Big Ben and Ambassador Rooney pose with Dublin Footballers Eamon Fennell, Barry Cahill, Jason Sherlock and Tomás Quinn this morning at the Ambassador’s house prior to the game.



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Ben and Mr. Rooney pose with the parachuters who delivered the Steelers flag as well as the U.S. and Irish flags before kickoff.


You can see more photos here!


*Thank you to Eamon and once again to Mr. Lauten, Steelers.


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