Varley: “Lighting a fire”

March 25th, 2019 by

“The second half of the season Ben had a talk with me and it really helped me a lot. It helped me to relax…I think my production went up after that talk. I was able to be more relaxed and play the game that I’ve being doing since I was a kid. He hadn’t given up on me, because in my eyes it had felt like that. When he told me that it was like a second lung. Every day he challenged me. It was like he gave me tough love. He explained things to me. And he kept believing. I appreciated it.” — James Washington.

From Teresa Varley’s interview with James Washington at

032519_JamesWashingtonA rookie season is one filled with lessons learned.

And for receiver James Washington, the biggest lesson he learned came from a play he would likely rather forget.

Against the Broncos, in a 24-17 loss, Ben Roethlisberger threw deep to Washington. Washington dove for the ball, resulting in a dropped pass. Washington knew he should have run through it, something Roethlisberger said he should have done, and something he wish he would have done.

“I’ve always been a guy that it’s my actions, it’s my bed I have to lay in it type of deal,” said Washington. “I’ll never run from my mistakes. I like to look at myself as a man and I’ll own up to my mistakes and try to correct them and do what I can do to get better.”

Getting better was delayed slightly. The following week, Washington found himself on the sideline against the Los Angeles Chargers, inactive and not having the opportunity to redeem himself.

“It stunk,” said Washington. “But you learn a lot that week because you’re sitting there watching the game, watching the guys who are playing. You see how those guys are executing in situations that you had and maybe you can take something from. That really got me. It gave me time to think about it and how I could do this better.

“It lit a fire under me. It makes you mad, but you are mad at yourself because it’s about what you do.”

Washington definitely responded. Before the Chargers game he had eight receptions for 77 yards. In the last four games of the season he had eight receptions for 140 yards.

You can read the full interview here.

Jamin’ was JAMMIN’!!

March 24th, 2019 by

How do you know if your son enjoyed his first concert?

Can anyone tell he’s having fun up on stage with Toby? Haha! — Ben.

Go Jamin’!! Go Jamin’!! Go!!!!

Saturday Night is Family Night

March 23rd, 2019 by

And what a way to spend it!


The kids’ first concert. We love TobyMac. Thanks buddy – for the show & the love!


Also a BIG ‘Shout Out’ to Gabe Patillo, you are a true beast and so incredibly talented! — Ben.

Let the Royal Trumpets sound!!

March 19th, 2019 by

We have a family birthday message for Princess Baylee:


Happy 5th Birthday! We love you so dearly and have enjoyed watching you grow so much this past year.


Whether you’re having fun at the beach or at school…


playing with your brothers or practicing your ballet, it truly has been such a blessing to watch you grow & enjoy life…


And even more of a blessing to call you OUR daughter, sister, niece & granddaughter!


Most importantly, we want to let you know how loved you are! We sure do love you Bay Bay!! — From your whole family!

*You can see larger versions of Baylee’s photos here.

Local grants announced

March 4th, 2019 by

Today, Ben announced the final grants of the 2018-19 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing eight grants totaling $70,000 to police K-9 programs in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

“The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund was able to help us start our first K-9 program back around 2010. Since then, the Foundation has provided additional funding to support the program. Our K-9 ‘Ingo’ has been responsible for over $1.1 million in drug seizures over the past 8 to 9 years. Ingo is now reaching an age where he will retire by the end of March this year. The timing of this funding could not be any better due to Ingo’s retirement, who will live his retired life with his handler Sgt. Cindric. Thanks to The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, the Center Township Police Department will continue to have the tools we need in taking drugs off the streets of America.” — Chief Barry Kramer, Center Township Police Department.

The K-9 departments receiving funding from Ben’s foundation this year include the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office (above), Beaver County Sheriff’s Office, Center Township Police Department, Conewango Township Police Department, Connellsville Police Department, East Liverpool Police Department, City of McKeesport Police Department and Salineville Police Department. These departments will be utilizing their respective grants in a variety of canine-focused initiatives including the establishment of new K-9 units, replacement of retiring dogs, acquisition and updating of K-9 vehicles, purchasing of safety and training equipment, and training and certification of new and existing K-9s.

“Thanks to this grant, the Connellsville Police Department will be able to develop its first K-9 unit in approximately 40 years. Our K-9 will be available to the City of Connellsville and surrounding jurisdictions, working alongside other agencies in Fayette County, Pennsylvania to increase officer safety, combat the drug epidemic, and help forge relationships between police and the communities we serve. The Connellsville Police Department would like to thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for its incredible support for our organization and others like us throughout the nation. This funding allows us to significantly enhance our law enforcement and public safety services in a timely manner.” — Patrolman James T. Garlick, City of Connellsville Police.

This announcement completes the foundation’s 12th grant cycle, during which it distributed 17 grants totaling more than $145,000 to K-9 units around the country. In addition to the Pittsburgh grants announced, the Foundation distributed grants to K-9 units of police departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. Last summer, Ben invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

“At a time when the responsibilities associated with protecting and serving our citizens is becoming greater, and our budgets are becoming smaller, the grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office is truly a Godsend.” — Sheriff Tony Guy, Beaver County Sheriff’s Office.

The mission of Ben’s foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States, with a particular emphasis for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $2.1 million since 2007, $1.7 million of which has specifically benefited K-9 programs. In addition, Ben and his foundation have hosted a number of events to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, his high school alma mater and other organizations close to his heart.

“I cannot say enough on behalf of the residents of Warren County, the appreciation we feel being accepted and awarded this extraordinary gift through this wonderful program. In June of 2018, our Warren County K-9 Officer died in a tragic training accident. As a rural county in northwestern Pennsylvania this K-9 Officer was ‘one of us’ and a loved member of our community; the loss was heartfelt by all. This award will not only allow the continuation of the K-9 program in Warren County, but open the possibilities for expansion to keep Warren County a safe place to visit and raise a family.” — Chief County Detective Brian K. Zeybel, Conewango Township Police Department.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is grateful for its generous supporters who have enabled it to maintain its K-9 grant program, including Pro Camps, as well as caring individual donors from around the country.

“The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and its hard-working K-9 Unit is profoundly grateful to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for its indispensable support. Our agency’s K-9s are devoted to their vital work upholding the safety of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and, most importantly, the thousands of citizens who visit facilities every year. Funds provided by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will ensure our K-9s receive the ultimate medical, nutritional and overall care, as the majority of these costly expenses are financed by donations and fundraiser proceeds.” — Sheriff William Mullen, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.

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


You 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 Roethlisberger Foundation.

“Thank you for awarding the Saline Police Department the 2019 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation K-9 grant. We are both humbled and honored to have been selected. Being a small community with limited financial resources, we often find that our needs surpass our available funding. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation K-9 grant will help tremendously in meeting our goals of reestablishing the Salineville Police Department K-9 Program.” — Chief Matthew Devlin, Salineville Police Department.

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

Dad’s birthday is always a great day…

March 2nd, 2019 by

to tell him just how much we love him!!


Happy Birthday to not only the best dad and husband in the world, but one of the greatest men we know!


Keep trusting in the Lord in everything. Your faith brings us endless joy and inspiration. — Love, Ashley, Benjamin, Baylee, and Bodie.


Ben’s ProCamps Birthday Contest in 5, 4, 3, 2….

March 2nd, 2019 by

And thank you to everyone who entered the contest.

Today is Ben’s birthday and he wants to give the gift of a free day at his football camp to one lucky youngster!

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Just be the 100th emailer today – or have mom or dad be the emailer, starting at 10:10 AM (EST) and YOU can be Ben’s guest at his Ben Roethlisberger Football ProCamp on Father’s Day, June 16th at
the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Fathers Day, June 16th!*

Email us at starting at 10:10 AM (ET).

Campers will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with #7 all day. And before the day ends, each camper will receive a souvenir autograph from BEN, have the opportunity to catch a pass from BEN, and receive a team photo with BEN.

Now if you’re not the 100th emailer, you can get more information and register at….but uh, wait until after the contest ends first! 😉

A BIG SHOUT-OUT to our premier partners, #1 Cochran & Game On Mouthguards, media partners 97.3 The Fan and the 100.7 Star Pittsburgh. And of course, thank you to our event partners Citi, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, and Energice, Pizza Hut and of course,

You can see all the great photos from Ben’s past camps shared by parents & grandparents here.


*Contest is only to attend his one day camp for free. It does not include transportation or accomodations.

Bye Bye Beards!

February 15th, 2019 by

Tonight was Brett Keisel’s Ninth Annual Shear Da Beard event to benefit cancer programs at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh!

This year, there was an extra beard to shear — and it belonged to Steelers Defensive Captain, Cam Heyward!

Big Ben was back to snip at the Big Beard once again (and offer a little encouragement), as well as take a snip or two from the “baby beard“.


#7 even got into the bidding early on, but sadly was outbid on a treasured keepsake:

You can read about this fun evening for a great cause and see all the photos here.

(Photos: Karl Roser)

It was a Monster Jam kinda Saturday!

February 9th, 2019 by

Start your engines!

Not sure who is happier to be there, Benjamin Jr. or Bodie?!

Look out! Benjamin Jr. AKA “Monster Jamin” is behind the wheel and ready to smash some cars!

Bodie, you better jump in, buckle up and hang on little dude!

The wheels on the Bus…er…Monster Truck go round and round!

Thanks to Mommy & Dad for the funnest Saturday EVER for us guys!

The Monster Jam Fam: Big Ben, Brett Keisel, Cam Heyward, Vance McDonald, Al Villanueva, Stephon Tuitt, B.J. Finney all brought their families to enjoy the show!

“A challenge worth taking”

February 7th, 2019 by

The Keisel/Armstrong Challenge:


During the 11th annual WDVE Rocks Children’s Radiothon, Brett Keisel and Colby Armstrong had a friendly challenge to see who could raise more funds for Children’s Hospital during the Pens hour broadcast. Brett put in a good fight, but — unfortunately for him — Colby came out on top, meaning Brett went through a series of hockey skills and drills on the ice which you can watch right here.

Wait! What was #7 doing there you ask? Click on the link to watch the video and find out!

While you’re there, you can also enter for a chance to win autographed hockey sticks or autographed jerseys used by the guys during DaBeard’s big day on the Da Ice! All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

You can follow Brett’s news & events here!


WHAT: Nothing at this time


WHAT: The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience
WHEN: June 17, 2018
WHERE: Steelers Practice Facility, Pittsburgh, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here.






9/09 @ Browns Tie: 21-21
9/16 Chiefs Loss: 42-37
9/24 @ Buccaneers Win: 30-27
9/30 Ravens Loss: 26-14
10/7 Falcons Win: 41-17
10/14 @ Bengals Win: 28-21
10/21 BYE N/A
10/28 Browns Win: 33-18
11/4 @ Ravens Win: 23-16
11/8 Panthers Win: 52-21
11/18 Jaguars Win: 20-16
11/25 @ Broncos Loss: 24-17
12/2 Chargers Loss: 30-33
12/9 @ Raiders Loss: 24-21
12/16 Patriots Win: 17-10
12/23 @ Saints Loss: 31-28
12/30 Bengals Win: 16-13