Christmas, Steeler Nation style!

December 22nd, 2014 by

The colors of Christmas for some Steelers fans are Red, Green, Black & Gold!


Our December Fan Photos post with a little holiday flair:

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Brian Confer, Dick Ognen, and Brad King give their traditional Christmas trees some serious Steelers Style!



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Ashley Bright and Brian Stephenson put the Christmas spotlight on their favorite Steelers players.



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And Bella wants to know why she always gets stuck putting on the lights, while Taz is resting up as he waits for Santa….or maybe waits for next Sunday’s game?


We have more photos of the season to share from the best fans in the world, including some Lil’ Fans, a Lil’ Teammate, and a dog who was born to be a Steelers fan!


Thank you so much to all who sent their photos to share with us & Merry Christmas Steeler Nation!


Steelers win game & playoff berth

December 21st, 2014 by

Final Score: Steelers 20, Chiefs 12

“We are going to move on. We’re going to enjoy this win, but we’re not going to say that we’re a finished product by any means.” – Ben.


122114The Steelers’ third straight win means they have at least a wildcard play-off spot and will win the AFC North title for the first time since 2010 if they beat the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field next Sunday.

Ben passed for 220 yards, Le’Veon Bell ran in for a one yard touchdown and Shaun Suisham kicked two field goals as Pittsburgh ran out winners.

“I’m not looking past this next game, there’s no way!” – Ben.


Antonio Brown also caught seven passes and scored a touchdown for Pittsburgh, who have won seven out of nine games.


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

You can see photos from today’s game here.


Regios de Acero – the Good Luck Club!

December 18th, 2014 by

The media isn’t exaggerating when they say that Steelers fans “travel well”. They travel far too!

Roger Saucedo and his Steelers Mexico Fan Club, Regios de Acero, were on the move again….this time it was a 20-hour bus trip to Atlanta to see their beloved Steelers play the Falcons at the Georgia Dome last Sunday.

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Why yes, there ARE quite a few Big Ben fans within the Regios de Acero Fan Club!


You may remember, they came to Pittsburgh last year to see the Steelers play at home.

The team won that time…and they won THIS time. Obviously having Regios de Acero in the house, whether at home or on the road, is VERY good luck!

Roger wanted to share the story of their trip to Atlanta with Steeler Nation:

December 11th, Thursday, 7:00 am - 85 people ready to board the buses that take us once again to another NFL stadium to support our team: a 2014 appointment is Atlanta, GA. It would be 20 hours trip from Monterrey, but doesn’t matter because all we wanted is to be in the Georgia Dome waving our Terrible Towels and support the Steelers.

Friday - We finally arrived to our hotel in Atlanta. We were tired but our love for the Steelers is bigger than any fatigue. After resting in the hotel, we went out that evening in our Steelers jerseys to downtown Atlanta. Some went to dinner, others went to a basketball game in the Phillips Arena, but at the same time all together to tell to the Falcons fans: we are here, we are the Steeler Nation!

Saturday morning - After breakfast we went to downtown to visit some places of interest, like the World of Coca Cola, the Aquarium, the Hall of Fame … we had a good time especially because we saw more Steelers fans, and because the local people were surprised to see them too: lot of fans wearing the Steelers jerseys in the territory of Atlanta Falcons.

Sunday, game day! We arrived early at the Georgia Dome area, and we were happy to see that the streets were full of fans wearing black and gold! Inside the stadium we felt proud to see that we were thousands of fans waving Terrible Towels, we are sure that our team feels like home. It was a very exciting game! We were lucky because we not only saw the Steelers win the game but also was the day that Ben and his teammates, Brown and Bell, set new franchise records! yeah, it was a great day!! At the end of the game we started the journey back to Monterrey, Mx. – another trip of 20 hours, but it was worth it because Big Ben Roethlisberger and our Steelers gave us a great game!

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Roger, thank you and Regios de Acero for sending the photos and your story!!



One of our favorite “website photographers” was at the Georgia Dome on Sunday as well!

Now Dr. Ronald Cypher didn’t travel quite 20 hours, but he and his wife Deb did make the trip from Pittsburgh – luckily for us, he took his camera along.

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Great shot of the Captains walking out to the center of the field for the coin toss.


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The Steelers D and Coach Lebeau stand at attention during our National Anthem.


You can see more of his photos in Ben’s Fans Capture the Action album!


A wonderful way to start a Wednesday!

December 17th, 2014 by

It’s also a Steelers tradition!

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Ben and Coach Tomlin enjoy Christmas music performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this morning.


More photos can be found on the Pittsburgh Steelers Official Facebook page.



And after the Symphony performance and Steelers practice:

Ben talked about game against the Chiefs this weekend right here.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

December 16th, 2014 by

Did you miss Ben’s show today?


Check out the highlights right here from 93.7 The Fan & CBS Pittsburgh:

121614_1Following a key road victory against the Atlanta Falcons that has his team one win away from clinching a playoff berth, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined “The Cook and Poni Show” for his weekly “Ben Roethlisberger Show.”

Despite the Falcons coming into the game with a record of 5-8, Roethlisberger had stressed all week that they were a good team and reiterated that sentiment.

“Getting a win on the road against a good team, I don’t care what people think and say about numbers and records, they were a good football team,” Roethlisberger said.

Despite not throwing for a touchdown, Roethlisberger still had a solid performance going 27 of 35 for 360 yards. He talked about one of the more impressive plays he was a part of – Antonio Brown’s 28-yard catch, which he just managed to get both feet in bounds.

“I didn’t want to take anything away from the catch because the things he can do are flat out special,” Roethlisberger said. “We see it almost every single day in practice, so when you see it every day, I think I get more surprised when he doesn’t. If he wouldn’t have made it, I would have been more shocked than surprised. The outside world and the fans, when they see that catch they rave about it, which they should because it was a phenomenal catch and phenomenal footwork. It’s like when Heath Miller drops a pass in practice, we all stop and laugh and act like the world is coming to an end because things like that don’t happen.”

Playing with a lot of young guys on his offense, Roethlisberger talked about their flourishing offense, but said there are still areas where they can be better.

“We feel like we’re doing a lot of good things, but we still feel like there’s some mistakes being made,” Ben said. “It’s not big things, it’s just little things here and there. The good news in my eyes, is that we still feel like we can get better. Obviously, the O-line is playing great and [Le’Veon] Bell is having an MVP-caliber season and AB is doing what he’s doing, but we still have some little things here and there that we feel like we can get better on.”

There was one key play from the offense though, where they put their foot down and secured a victory with a gutsy call on third-and-one by airing it out to Heath Miller for 25 yards rather than playing it safe and running the ball.

“[Todd] Haley said, ‘Hey, which one of these two plays do you like?’” Ben said. “To my surprise, they were both passes, and to me it just makes you feel good that they trust you to have the ball in your hands at the end of the game when it really matters and I felt like I earned that kind of trust.”

One of the plays from this week’s game that has gotten the most attention is the clean hit linebacker Jason Worilds put on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan that was flagged for roughing the passer.

Roethlisberger weighed in on the hit saying it was clean, but that he doesn’t mind the league protecting its quarterbacks.

“Obviously, we didn’t like it because it was a penalty against our guys,” Roethlisberger said. “When I talked to Clete [Blakeman] the referee, he said it happened so fast he didn’t feel like he led with the crown of his helmet, he just felt like he hit him a little bit too high. You can’t be mad at a guy that made a judgment call like that in a split-second situation. Everyone’s human, there’s going to be mistakes.”

Roethlisberger talked more about the current state of football where hits like that are often flagged and fans think the game is being softened.

“It’s a violent, violent sport,” Roethlisberger said. “You get old men like me out there playing with these young pups that are flying around and hitting you. We don’t mind sometimes that they protect us quarterbacks. The NFL’s got to protect its investments. That’s the game of football now, it changes and transitions like anything else, so we play it the way that it’s supposed to be played.”


You can listen to the podcast here (bottom of page).


You can listen to Ben’s show LIVE every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. during football season on “The Cook and Poni Show ” on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM).


*Thank you to Joe Kapp!


Terrell Suggs favorite QB?

December 16th, 2014 by

You guessed it, but probably not for the reason you think!


From Matt Grassie, Yahoo Sports today:

Divisional Playoffs - Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers“I just like tackling quarterbacks,” said Suggs on The Dan Patrick Show. “But I do have my favorite.”

Though Patrick was initially curious about Suggs’ desire to bring down rookie quarterback, and thorn in the side of NFL veterans everywhere, Johnny Manziel, the Ravens’ outside linebacker had another signal-caller in mind: Ben Roethlisberger. And according to Suggs, one major reason a sack of the sizable Steelers’ quarterback is so satisfying is the difficulty of the feat.

“He’s very tough,” said Suggs. “It’s tougher than everyone thinks. He’s probably the toughest quarterback in the NFL to sack just because of his physical stature.”

Roethlisberger is listed at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 241 pounds. Suggs estimates the 32-year-old is an inch taller than he’s listed. As for the weight, we’d wager that Roethlisberger hasn’t been under 250 pounds since the day he was drafted. The combination of size and mobility makes for a pass-rusher’s nightmare, and Suggs has plenty of anecdotes describing what it’s like to try to bring down “Big Ben.”

“There was one time,” said Suggs. “It was a Sunday-night game in Baltimore in 2010 (photo above). They had just gotten a turnover and I was trying to get the ball back and I just couldn’t get him down. He was able to escape from me and throw the ball out of bounds.”


You can read more here.



Ben has been nominated for the FedEx Air Player once again!

“Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards for a 109.2 passer rating in the Steelers’ 27-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons.”

Also nominated are Alex Smith (297 yards/2 TD’s in the Chiefs’ 31-13 win against the Raiders), and Drew Brees (375 yards/3 touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-15 win over the Bears).


You can cast your vote here.


Steelers 27, Falcons 20

December 14th, 2014 by

“I’m a guy who never wants to have a losing season. Eight gets you a non-losing season. We got nine, and we’re going for 10 now.” – Ben.



From the AP tonight:

121414The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer stuck on eight wins.

Ben Roethlisberger made sure of that.

Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards, pushing his season total to a career high, and capped his performance with a third-down pass to Heath Miller that clinched the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

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Ben Roethlisberger broke his own Steelers single-season passing record with 4,344 yards. #PITvsATL


William Gay scored off an interception return for the Steelers (9-5), who remained a half-game behind Cincinnati in the AFC North with their second straight win. The Bengals stayed on top of the division by routing Cleveland 30-0.

“We’re not a perfect group by any stretch,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, “but we’re a group that will fight to the end together.”

With Roethlisberger, they always seem to have a fighting chance.

He’s on a mission to get Pittsburgh back to the playoffs after they missed the last two years, going 8-8 each time. This was his third straight game with more than 300 yards passing, and eighth of the season.

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.@steelers QB @_BigBen7 has now defeated all other 31 teams in the @nfl


Pittsburgh led 13-0 after Gay picked off Matt Ryan’s pass over the middle on the first play of the second quarter, returning it for a 52-yard TD. The Steelers extended the lead to 27-13 with Le’Veon Bell’s second touchdown, a 13-yard run in the opening minute of the fourth period.

The Falcons made a game of it, pulling within a touchdown on Ryan’s 4-yard pass to Roddy White.

But the Steelers wrapped up the victory by running the final 4:34 off the clock. They converted twice on third down, the clincher coming when Roethlisberger found Miller all alone for a 25-yard completion on third-and-1 from the Atlanta 39.

Roethlisberger completed 27 of 35 and increased his season total to 4,415 yards, surpassing his previous franchise record of 4,328 from 2009 with two games to go. Bell also scored on a 1-yard run, but fell short of becoming the first player in NFL history with four straight 200-yard games in total yardage.


You can read more here.

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

And you can enjoy a few photos from the game here.


“Thank you Ben!”

December 11th, 2014 by

On December 4th, Ben announced that his alma mater, Miami University, would be receiving a grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. At the time, MU Officer Keith Hibberd thanked Ben for his generosity:

“Thank you Ben for giving back to your alma mater, Miami University, and supporting our mission of keeping our campus and surrounding communities safe.”


As it turns out – he wasn’t finished, and wasn’t the only one that wanted to thank Ben for the grant to the University! The grant will be used for training that will not only benefit MU, but surrounding agencies who will be able to train at venues on the campus. Below are some awesome photos with thoughts from those agencies that will be positively affected by this grant.


Check out this photo: It’s MUPD K-9 Figo posing in front of Big Ben’s locker!

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“The results handlers are able to achieve from their K-9 partners are a reflection of the work they put in. Joint training has enabled regional handlers to get the best possible results from their partners. Both human and animal.” – Patrol Office Keith Hibbard, Miami University Police Department.



In these photos: Patrol Officer Keith Hibbard of the Miami University Police Department with his K9 partner, Figo, and Deputy U.S. Marshal Aaron Fisher, Department of Justice (top left). Deputy Dan Kissing, K-9 Knut and Investigator Ron Stemen of the State of Ohio Fire Marshal Office (top right). Officer Patrick Murray of the Cincinnati Police Department and his K-9 partner, Duke (bottom right). Officer Ryan Sikora of the Oxford Police Department, and his K-9 partner, Cole (bottom left).

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“The grant that was awarded to the Miami University Police Department K-9 unit will allow for continued effective joint training, leading to seamless operations between K-9 teams. This forward thinking allows for a greater preparation in real world instances when we’re needed.” – Deputy U.S. Marshal Aaron Fisher, Department of Justice.


“The Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal would like to thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for their continued support of police and fire working K-9 teams. With the continued support of public and private groups, like Ben’s, the success of each K-9 team is limitless.” – Investigator Ron Stemen, State of Ohio Fire Marshal Office.


“Mutual cooperation and trust are paramount for a successful conclusion. If you ask another department for help, and you don’t know the officer or K-9 team, you can’t easily trust their tactics and reliability. Regional cooperation is crucial for law enforcement.” – Police Specialist Patrick Murray, Cincinnati Police Department.


“The Oxford Police Department is very fortunate to have another department (MUPD) nearby. The partnership between our agencies helps keep the entire community safe, and we look forward to upholding these high standards through joint training.” –Officer Ryan Sikora, Oxford Police Department.


*Thank you so much to Ritter E. Hoy!


You can enjoy more photos in Ben’s Foundation album here.



Also Today:

Ben announced the the 12th grant of the season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Roswell Police Department just north of Atlanta where the Steelers will play the Falcons on Sunday, December 14th.

The Roswell Police Department will use the grant to secure and train a new K-9. This police dog will be instrumental to the department and community working on various tasks including narcotic detection and search and rescue calls.

Roswell Chief of Police Rusty Grant said, “The Roswell Police Department is excited to partner with the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and is thankful for the funding for a police K-9. Our police K-9s play an important role in our mission to protect the community.”

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger 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.”


Remember:

You can support Ben’s foundation in their effort to make future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (www.SarrisCandiesFundraising.com), using a special purchase code of 77-7777. Sarris will donate 25% of the purchase price to the Ben’s foundation.


You can both donate to & learn more about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation here.


Media Day: Ben talks Atlanta Falcons

December 10th, 2014 by

“I have been fortunate to play with a Hall of Famer in Jerome (Bettis), I know he is. When I came in, to have a leader and a player like that was so beneficial. One of the great running backs of all time and it’s awesome. I think that Bell is on his way. (He’s) still young but the things that he can do in all three phases of the game to run, to catch the ball and to block are some of the most special things I’ve ever seen a running back do.” – Ben, on Le’Veon Bell.



From Steelers.com today:

121014Re: The mentality in facing a below .500 team on the road:

We have to win it. They’re a division leader. We know that we’re going to get everything that they have. We’re going to do everything we can to give it our best shot.


Re: A lot of talking heads saying that you can score a lot of points against a defense that’s not very good and what have you seen on film:

I disagree with the talking heads because they’re a good defense. They’re playing at home in that Georgia Dome where it’s loud and they’re on turf. It’s a big, tough task for our offense.


What are some of the challenges that Atlanta’s defense poses?

I think that they get after the quarterback. They have a good pass rush. I also think their secondary, they have some young players back there that are making plays, ballhawks that are very opportunistic. When the ball is in the air and they find a way to come down with it.


When the defense is getting hit with big plays do you feel that the offense has to respond with big plays and scores?

We always want to respond regardless. We always talk about answering a score with a score. So regardless of if or how the other team does it, we feel we want to do that anyway.


How important is that and who does it benefit more mentally?

I think any time the other team scores, if you go score (or) answer the score with a score, it really kind of picks you back up because the momentum is starting to change and shift. Whether it’s with the crowd or with the team, if you can answer another team’s touchdown with a touchdown of your own it’s really beneficial for you.


Re: The offense being on pace to set records for points:

We don’t care about that. We’re just trying to win football games. We have a lot great football players on both sides of the ball and I think each guy individually is just doing everything they can to help this team win football games.


What has Matt Spaeth given the offense especially as a blocker?

The thing (is) that he catches two balls last week and everyone makes a big deal about it. He’s just an unselfish player. That whole room is a very selfless group. They’ll pull, they’ll do a lot of grunt work up front that they don’t get all the credit for. But I know that here in this building, and Le’Veon will tell you, how much those guys mean to him and to us as an offense.


You can read more here.


Did you miss Ben’s radio show yesterday?

You can read the highlights and listen to the podcast here.



Busy today, busy yesterday morning….what about last night?

Ben joined several of his teammates to support Brett Keisel and Cam Heyward as they co-hosted the 65 Roses Sports Auction to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event took place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square.

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Ben lined up with co-hosts Brett and Cam to autograph items for attendees. Photo: Teresa Varley

You can read more from Ms. Varley here.

You can enjoy a few more photos here.


Trip to the Christmas tree farm

December 8th, 2014 by

The Roethlisbergers headed out to find that special tree today:


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Ashley, Benjamin Jr. and Baylee the Bunny all bundled up and ready to inspect.



But Benjamin Jr. may be in the market for a tree to put in his bedroom too!

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Hey Dad!! What about this one?




Happy Holidays Steeler Nation! You can enjoy more family photos right here.


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 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 Win: 51-34
11/2 Baltimore Win: 43-23
11/9 @ New York Jets Loss: 20-13
11/17 @ Tennessee Win: 27-24
11/24 BYE N/A
11/30 New Orleans Loss: 35-32
12/7 @ Cincinnati Win: 42-21
12/14 @ Atlanta Win: 27-20
12/21 Kansas City Win: 20-12
12/28 Cincinnati 8:30PM