Foundation: Grant awarded to Renton & Bellevue Police Departments

November 25th, 2015 by

On Thanksgiving Eve, Ben announces the fifth and sixth grants of the 2015-16 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

ThanksgivingPostThe Foundation will be distributing grants to the Renton and Bellevue Police Departments, just south and east, respectively, of Seattle where the Steelers will play the Seahawks on Sunday, November 29th.

The Renton Police Department is planning to add a narcotics trained K-9 to their existing team of three tracking K-9s with their Patrol Division.

Renton Chief of Police Kevin Milosevich said, “This donation allows us to start a new canine program that will greatly improve our ability to investigate narcotic crimes in Renton. We are pleased to be selected for this grant, and appreciate the ongoing support the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation provides to police departments for their K9 programs.”

The Bellevue Police Department requested the grant to outfit their newest K-9, Ozzy, with a ballistic vest. K-9 Ozzy just completed his training in May of this year.

Bellevue Chief of Police Steve Mylett said, “We are very appreciative of this generous grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which will help provide a ballistic vest for K-9 Ozzy. Just as our officers wear ballistic vests when they are on patrol, this vest will help protect Ozzy while he is serving the people of Bellevue.”

During the 2015-16 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.

Turkey-DayThis marks the ninth season that Ben’s foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. His mission 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, PA. Ben also supports Make-A-Wish.

The Foundation distributed more than $130,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2014-15 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.3 million since 2007.

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

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut.

Big Ben makes an appearance…

November 25th, 2015 by

on “A Football Life: Bruce Arians” which premieres December 11th on NFL Network.

Watch the preview below:

More about the show and it’s scheduling through the month of December here.

The Ben Roethlisberger Radio Show

November 24th, 2015 by

Just in case you missed today’s show, here’s a recap courtesy of 93.7 The Fan:

112415Ben joined The Cook and Poni Show on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan for the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show as he does every Tuesday morning at 11 am during the Steelers season.

The Steelers, at 6-4 are coming off their bye week. They will return to action Sunday in Seattle to face the Seahawks at 4:25 pm.

Being well rested coming off the bye, Ben talked about his health and said he’s not quite at 100%.

“As healthy as you can be this time of year,” Ben said in describing himself. “The foot is getting better, the knee feels good, you know it will take an offseason probably to get 100% but I feel well enough to hopefully play some good football.”

While Ben may not be 100%, he’s at least still playing, and that’s more than you can say for Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco as he suffered a season ending knee injury this past week. This is the first time in Flacco’s career that he will miss a game and Ben gave us his thoughts on that run coming to an end.

“When you talk about guys that haven’t missed a game, you can say what you want about that person being tough, and it definitely is toughness, but you have to be lucky…There’s some of the toughest guys that have ever played the game have missed games, so you definitely have to get lucky.”

Looking ahead to their first game back coming off the bye, Ben talked about going into Seattle and dealing with their rowdy fans, The 12th Man.

“It’s the last stadium I haven’t played in and heard a lot of amazing stories about Seattle and their fans and how loud it is there, so excited to go up there and play a great football team,” Roethlisberger told us.

When looking specifically at the Seahawks fans, Ben talked about how loud they can be, but adds that he’s not so sure you won’t see some Terrible Towels in the stands.

“That’s all I’ve heard is it’s the loudest place,” Ben said. “I’m excited, I know their fans are passionate. I’ll be interested to see how many Steelers fans, if there’s any Terrible Towels up there, I know that every place that I’ve gone to date there’s been tons, so it will be interesting to see how many, I know there will be some, but how many will be up there.”

Getting past the impact of the fans, Ben talked about the 5-5 Seahawks on the field and how tough that defense still is to play against and what they’re expecting from them.

“Physical, get up, get their hands on us,” Ben told us. “Obviously we know about their secondary but their pass rush really gets after it. Their front seven is as good as it gets as well and they’re going to get after it. Another big challenge for our O-line especially being that we’ll have to use the silent count, so that’s advantage them and their pass rush.”

It will certainly be tough sledding this week as the Steelers will be facing the second stingiest defense in the league in terms of yards per game, but Ben says he’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m excited. I’m excited for, like I said, the atmosphere that I’ve heard so much about, you see it on TV, you hear it. I assume that they’re over the Super Bowl from ’05, but maybe not, so maybe there’s still going to be some hard feelings, I don’t know.”

You can listen to Ben’s show right here.

The Birthday Boy has a song of his own

November 23rd, 2015 by

….for “Miss Erin” and he wants to share it.

Yes, Benjamin Jr, who turned 3 this past weekend, wanted to wish his website manager (who also works for his dad) a “Happy Birthday” as well.

So, with his little sister Baylee by his side – who is not quite ready to be a back-up singer just yet – and without further ado….

Benjamin Jr’s serenade:

Best birthday gift ever!! Thank you Benjamin Jr. & Baylee!

Happy Birthday Benjamin Jr.!!

November 21st, 2015 by

Yippee!!! Look who’s 3!!!

I sure had a crazy-busy time since my last birthday: picking out a Christmas tree, Baylee’s first Christmas, hanging out with Aunt Carlee, going to see Sesame Street Live with Mom and Dad, and sitting still long enough for my first hair cut…and that was just during the winter months!

Spring was all about being with my family at the beach, then it was Dad’s football camp and golf tournament in June, going to Idlewild Park with Baylee and my cousins in August, rootin’ for the Steelers and having lots of fun at a carnival in September…oh, and all that waving to my many fans while showing off my moves on stage at the Steelers Fashion Show. And finally, a GREAT time on Halloween with Baylee and Hercules!

Oh gosh! I almost forgot! I also learned the months of the year this year!

Whew! I can only imagine how busy THIS year is going to be now that I’m 3!! I hope you’ll be along for the ride once again, Steeler Nation! – Benjamin, Jr.

“Ben Roethlisberger and 9-year-old cancer survivor bond over cleats”

November 18th, 2015 by

From Jeremy Fowler, at

111815Carson Boyle is such a Ben Roethlisberger fanatic that he once designed a “Ben Roethlisturkey” for a school holiday arts and crafts project. He collected football cards and scouted the Pittsburgh Steelers while other kids played in the snow.

Fittingly, when he got his hands on a set of signed Roethlisberger cleats last week, the 9-year-old protected them like a left tackle.

“He wouldn’t let hotel room service in our room,” said Jennifer Boyle, Carson’s mother.

The Boyle family, from Minersville, Pennsylvania, visited the Steelers last week thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last November, Carson was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. After several surgeries, Carson has been cancer-free since January, but for a few more years, there’s a one-in-three chance the cancer will surface in his lymph nodes.

Carson’s wish was obvious to those who know him — meet Roethlisberger. So a limo transported the Boyles to the Steelers facility, where they met the coaches and players. They spent about 20 minutes with Roethlisberger, who had signed cleats waiting for Carson.

“To Carson, there’s nothing bigger than meeting him and getting something autographed,” Jennifer said. “He literally couldn’t even speak. He was speechless. The look on his face, he was just in total amazement that he was there. [Ben] was really, really nice.”

Carson did muster the courage to ask a few questions about Roethlisberger’s favorite team growing up (49ers) and his favorite player (Jerry Rice). Roethlisberger signed autographs for Carson’s brothers, too.

111815_1Running back DeAngelo Williams also stopped to talk with Carson for a while. Make-A-Wish had told the Boyles that Williams — an outspoken breast cancer awareness advocate — was great with kids.

“He spent probably as much time as Ben Roethlisberger,” Jennifer said. “Carson was shy, so he said, ‘Well, let me ask you some questions?’ Carson definitely started to warm up after that.”

After a rough few months of treatment, Carson is healthy and living happily, especially after this weekend, which included tickets to the Steelers-Browns game.

“He said this was kind of like a storybook — it had a really rough beginning and a really happy ending,” Jennifer said.

You can read more from Mr. Fowler’s blog here.

Congratulations to Ben!!

November 18th, 2015 by

From today:

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 10 performance, it was announced today.

Roethlisberger completed 22-of-33 passes for 379 yards with three touchdowns for a passer rating of 123.2, after entering the game in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns due to an injury to Landry Jones. Roethlisberger’s 379 passing yards set a single-game NFL record for the most passing yards by a quarterback that did not start the game.

It marked his 41st career 300-yard game during the regular season and the 32nd time he tossed at least three touchdowns in a regular-season contest. Roethlisberger has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 36 straight home games, the second-longest streak among active players and the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. His three passing touchdowns also tied him for the 14th-most passing touchdowns in league history.

This marks the 13th time Roethlisberger has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and the second time of the 2015 season (Week 2).

The Ben Roethlisberger Show

November 17th, 2015 by

Ben shared the airwaves once again with the Cook & Poni Show for his weekly show, which was pushed back to 1pm this afternoon from it’s regular 11am time because of a morning practice.

Recap, courtesy of 93.7 The Fan:

111715What was the plan going into Sunday’s game – was he expecting to play?

“I talked to coach on Saturday and he basically said, ‘if we can rest you, we’re going to rest you. If you feel comfortable, I feel comfortable with you being the number two in case of emergency.’ Obviously seven plays into the game, there was an emergency.”

How does the injured foot feel after playing the majority of Sunday’s game against the Browns?

“It’s definitely a sore Monday and Tuesday, the adrenaline wears off. No setbacks, just typical game soreness.”

Will he be ready to take on the Seattle Seahawks after the bye?


On working with Antonio Brown and their chemistry together -

“He is special. It’s not always the prettiest thing and that’s something that I harp on him about a lot. No improvising until I improvise. Be on your details, be on your P’s and Q’s and I need to know exactly where you’re going to be every single time. And like I said, I stay on him about it because he’s not always perfect, but the thing is that even when he’s not perfect or I’m not perfect we still seem to make things happen and it’s a credit to our chemistry. We work together a lot. We talk a lot and when he’s on his P’s and Q’s and he’s in the spot he’s supposed to be, there’s so much trust.”

That front flip into the endzone -

“You know, he gets caught up in the moment. I said listen, ‘if you get hurt, was it worth it? Whether it’s career ending or season ending, was it worth it?’ And he is so apologetic about it. He’s like, ‘No, I’m so sorry.’ I told him, “AB, that was probably one of the most athletic things I’ve ever seen anybody do…that was so impressive, don’t ever do it again.”

You can listen to more from Ben’s show here.

Week 10: Steelers 30, Browns 9

November 15th, 2015 by

“You have to be ready when your number’s called.” – Ben

“All he needed was the phone booth and a cape.”– Ramon Foster on Ben’s performance.

“I drink a lot of milk!” – Ben, on his quick recovery.

From Bob Labriola,

111515He wasn’t supposed to play, but Ben Roethlisberger saved the day for the Steelers.

For Clark Kent, it was the telephone booth, and when he emerged from it after changing clothes, he became Superman and was ready to save the day. For Ben Roethlisberger, it was nothing quite so dramatic, and there was no change of clothes required. The process simply involved exchanging a baseball cap for his helmet, and then the short trip from the sideline to the huddle was all that was required to go about the business of saving the day for the Steelers.

Just one week after spraining his foot in a victory over Oakland, Roethlisberger had healed sufficiently to participate in enough practice sessions during the week to earn the status as the backup quarterback to the game’s starter, Landry Jones, with Mike Vick being inactive. Roethlisberger as the backup didn’t last very long, because eight offensive snaps into the game, Jones sprained an ankle and turned things over to Superm … er, Roethlisberger.

From there it was pretty smooth sailing to a 30-9 victory over the Browns that raised the Steelers’ record to 6-4, with Roethlisberger completing 22-of-33 for 379 yards, with three touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 123.2. There also were four pass interference penalties called on the Browns that gained another 141 yards, and so Roethlisberger’s impact on the Steelers passing attack was in the neighborhood of 520 yards.

Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

You can read more here.

And from Jeremy Fowler at

111515_1Ben Roethlisberger notched a career milestone that even the ambitious quarterback couldn’t have expected.

After passing for 379 yards in the Steelers’ 30-9 victory Sunday over the Browns, Roethlisberger now owns the NFL’s best regular-season quarterback relief performance, eclipsing Wade Wilson’s 374 yards from 1990.

“I kinda surprised myself,” said Roethlisberger, who entered the game on the third series after starter Landry Jones limped off the field with a left ankle injury. “My foot was basically black and blue [early in the week].”

Roethlisberger, the team’s regular starter, was not expected to play because of a midfoot sprain suffered last week. But as soon as Jones went down after a third-down pass in the red zone, Roethlisberger jogged to the sideline, grabbed a football and started warming up. He put on his helmet shortly after that and took the field with 8:06 left in the first quarter, which prompted a roar from the Heinz Field crowd.

Roethlisberger had 286 passing yards in the first half against the Browns, the second-most in any first half in his career.

After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin praised Roethlisberger’s effort “on little to no reps of preparation” in practices. Jones performed most of the quarterback duties at Friday’s practice.

After the game, Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward called Roethlisberger a “heckuva guy.”

“When we needed him, he stepped up,” Heyward said. “I wouldn’t have had any other quarterback out there.”

You can read more here.

You can watch the video of Ben’s post-game press conference here.

You can see more photos here.

Steeler Nation, these two members need cheers (and your prayers) too:

Kathy Rivera, from Corona, CA rests in a hospital bed during a long struggle with cancer. She is a fighter though, and is always faithful to her favorite team and her quarterback, both are as tough as nails!

Lil’ fan Colt Wieland was born two months premature, and as he gets stronger, he is already cheering for his Steelers and Big Ben!

Fridays in November have been about making wishes come true!

November 13th, 2015 by

On Friday, November 7th:

Make-A-Wish GPA & WV ‏@MakeAWishPAWV
10 y/o Andrew is having a pretty great Friday.Thanks @Steelers @_BigBen7 @AntonioBrown84 & Heeeaaaaaath!

And on Friday, November 13th:

Teresa Varley ‏@Teresa_Varley
Carson just had his wish come true thanks to @_BigBen7 @CoachTomlin and @MakeAWishPAWV #Steelers


WHAT: Nothing at this time


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).


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


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.




9/10 @ Patriots L: 28-21
9/20 49ers W: 43-18
9/27 @ Rams W: 12-6
10/1 Ravens L: 23-20
10/12 @ Chargers W: 24-20
10/18 Cardinals W: 25-13
10/25 @ Chiefs L: 23-13
11/1 Bengals L: 16-10
11/8 Raiders W: 38-25
11/15 Browns W: 30-9
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