Happy 2nd Birthday Benjamin, Jr.!

November 21st, 2014 by

Benjamin, everyday with you is a new adventure, and we love every minute of it! Happy 2nd birthday. We love you so much. – Mom & Dad.


Happy birthday big brother. I love you and will be running circles around you very soon. – Baylee.



Benjamin wanted to share some photos from his John Deere-themed birthday party with Steeler Nation (he loves tractors):


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Me and my dad were really excited for the start of the party (okay, so maybe I was just a little more excited than he was)!!



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Look at the decorations!! Balloons, yummy cupcakes…but I couldn’t wait to dig in to that cake, it was ALL MINE!!



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I sure do love Elmo! He’s my very favorite from Sesame Street!



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I saved the best part for last: my very own cake!!! And I figured since it was a John Deere tractor cake, I should just plow right in!! Anybody want a piece?




You can enjoy more family photos here.


Just in case you missed it…

November 18th, 2014 by

Ben was a call-in guest on the Rich Eisen Show today!






And if you missed The Ben Roethlisberger Show on 93.7 The Fan this morning, you can read a recap and listen to the podcast here.


Steelers 27, Titans 24

November 18th, 2014 by

“It wasn’t pretty early. It was not really one of those that you’re going to go home and watch the whole thing and be proud of, but at the end of the day it’s the scoreboard that matters.” – Ben, post-game.



From Larry Hartstein, CBS Sports:

111714_1Facing an onslaught of Titans’ blitzes, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 throws for 207 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Monday’s 27-24 road win.

Despite absorbing five sacks and several other big hits, Roethlisberger led consecutive second-half touchdown drives to secure the victory.



From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette:

The Steelers trailed the lowly Tennessee Titans by 11 points in the fourth quarter, and it looked as if another of the NFL’s bottom feeders would claim them as a victim.

And then the Bell went off in the fourth quarter for them.

Le’Veon Bell, who told his teammates Sunday night that he would rush for 150 yards, rushed for 74 of his 204 yards in the fourth quarter, including their first offensive touchdown, as he put the team on his back and carried them to a 27-24 victory.

“He was so impressive,” Roethlisberger said of the second-year halfback. “The things he does — catches the ball, runs the ball with power, finesse.”



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

You can check out a few game photos here.


Ben’s Foundation: Two K-9 Grants awarded in the Nashville Area

November 13th, 2014 by

Today, Ben announced the eighth and ninth grants of the 2014-15 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.


“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.” – Ben.



The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Oneida Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department outside of Nashville where the Steelers will play the Titans on November 17th on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

germanshephardpup_pumpkinsThe Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will purchase a dual purpose dog and two safety vests for its K-9s, while the Oneida Police Department plans to fill the void left in their unit with the passing of their only dog this past May.

This marks the eighth season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation 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. Roethlisberger and the Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish.

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said, “As Sheriff of Putnam County, Tennessee, I am proud and honored to lead the agency that has been chosen as a recipient of a Ben Roethlisberger Foundation K-9 grant. The citizens of Putnam County rely on our agency to provide a safe community. To achieve this, it is vital for us to have quality trained personnel and resources. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation grant will enable our agency to retire one of our older K-9s and purchase a new narcotics/patrol dog as well as pay for the necessary training and certification for our handlers and equip our patrol dogs with safety vests.”

K-9 Officer Steven Ward of the Oneida Police Department said, “In May of this year, the Oneida Police Department’s narcotic dog, Jinks, suddenly passed away while on duty. Our department is small and we have a very limited budget. Due to the high cost, we were concerned that we may be unable to purchase a new narcotics detection dog. But thanks to the kindness and generosity of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, our K-9 program will continue to play an important role in our schools and community.”

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.


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


Wednesday: Ben’s meeting with the media

November 12th, 2014 by

“I’ll start just by saying, since I didn’t talk to you yesterday, thanks to all of our veterans, our troops, people that have served (or) that are serving. Thank you for your support and your service both foreign and domestic. We couldn’t do what we do, which is play the game of football, without all of you. So thank you all very much.” – Ben.



From Steelers.com this afternoon:

Nov12What have you learned from Alejandro Villanueva and how cool is it that he is coming on this trip?

It’s great. We went to Coach Tomlin with an idea and we knew he’d be receptive to it. I think it’s the least that we can do for someone that has done so much for our country.


Did you know that Rodgers Freyvogel is a Marine?

I did not know that. Well thanks to Rodgers, too.


Is there a little extra motivation to get a win for Coach Munchak this week?

Well I think the biggest think for Coach Munchak this week is to make sure he goes to the right locker room (jokingly). If he goes to the wrong one (then) we’re in trouble. But I think you can tell a little bit today that he has a little extra in him. I’m sure the line can answer that question better than me because they’re around him all the time. But we want to win this game for everybody. It would be kind of special for him to go there and get a win.


What about facing Ken Whisenhunt?

Yes, and Ray Horton, and I’m not sure who is all on their staff that we know. It’s special because I know Coach Whiz, and I have a pretty good relationship with him now. We text and keep in contact throughout the seasons. It will be special to go against him again.


Did you and Whisenhunt always have a pretty good relationship?

Yeah, in the last 6-7 years for sure.


Did you have a good relationship the first couple of years you two were together?

I never really had an issue with coach. We butted heads as lots of people do, but I don’t think it was any issue. B.A. (Bruce Arians) and I butted heads, too, and you would have thought we were too close.


What will it take for the team for you to feel sure that it is mentally ready to face a 2-7 opponent?

Just go out this week and do what we always do (which is) to prepare and get ready to play.


What are your thoughts of William Gay being selected as the Steelers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year and his off the field efforts?

That’s great. It’s very, very well deserved. He’s a guy that I know is so passionate about the community, about foundations and charities are things that he’s tied very close to. Obviously his play on the field is spectacular. So I think that’s a very, very good pick.


Re: His new restaurant venture that he is planning in the North Hills:

The thing about it is my focus is on football. I’m lucky to have partners that do all of the stuff and I just have my name on it. It’s not like this is the first thing. We’ve got a couple of them down south, so we’re going to bring one up here. Like I said, I have to defer all my answers to them because I focus on football. I don’t focus on anything else right now.


Are you thinking about a second career after football?

No because I’m still playing football right now. That’s all that matters to me.


You can read more from his interview here.

You can watch the video of his interview here.


Did you miss The Ben Roethlisberger Show yesterday on 93.7 The Fan?


You can read the highlights and listen to the entire show here.


A Veterans Day salute

November 11th, 2014 by

To Noah Galloway!

“A big part of my success in the running for the Kenneth Cole’s Mankind and Men’s Health Ultimate Guy Search is owed to the amazing Steeler Nation that supported me all the way. Y’all Got me on the cover of the world’s largest men’s magazine, I can’t thank y’all enough.” – Noah.



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After meeting Ben at the airport on his way back from completing the White Sands Missile Range 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March in March of 2012, he and Ben became friends. In August of 2013, he was Ben’s guest at Steelers training camp, and made many more friends among Ben’s teammates.


The cover “story”:

Nearly 10 years ago, Iraq war veteran Noah Galloway was lying in a hospital bed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., grappling with having lost an arm and a leg due to a roadside explosion. His extensive injuries plunged him into depression. And as recently as five years ago, Galloway says was spending the majority of his days smoking, drinking, and sleeping. Today, the inspiring, super-fit 33-year-old is on the cover of Men’s Health—the first reader in the magazine’s 26-year history to score that honor.

Men’s Health received nearly 1,300 entries in its search for the “Ultimate Men’s Health Guy” to be featured on the cover of the magazine’s November 2014 issue. “There were so many amazing men, narrowing the pool down from 1,300 to our three finalists was torture,” said Men’s Health Editor in Chief Bill Phillips.

Ultimately, one line in Galloway’s video entry set him apart. “He said it was his choice whether to be bitter about what happened to him in Iraq, or to be better—and he chose to be better,” Phillips told Yahoo Health. “That’s a lesson we all can learn from. Every day, whether it’s your job or your relationship or somebody Tweets something nasty at you, it’s very easy to become a negative person. Noah reminds us that when we choose to be better, we can quite literally change our mindsets—and our lives.”


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The cover search was an exhaustive eight-month process. “It wasn’t like you just had to send us an email—it was like applying for the college boards,” Phillips said.

Editors narrowed the 1,300 entrants down to a group of 10, who then had to submit videos and answer questions. The November issue includes profiles of the three finalists—Galloway, Finny Akers, and Kavan Lake—and tips from the top 10 finalists. (The digital edition of the magazine features two additional covers with Akers and Lake).

“From where he was in 2010 with his drinking and depression, he’s made an incredible journey,” said Phillips, “and he has a lot of that journey left. He’s eager to get better at everything, and that’s what this is really about.”




“Thank you for all the ongoing support. Ever since the first time I was on Ben’s site I have gotten numerous new fans on my Facebook page and kind messages from a lot of them. I have been shown so much love from Steeler Nation and thankful for all of it.” – Noah.



His cover hits newsstands this month, just in time for Veterans Day. Perfect!!


You can also read it online here.

You can keep up with Noah on Facebook & Twitter.



And a Veterans Day Shout-Out:

To all these wonderful fans who have shared their photos with us over the past few Veterans Day holidays!

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Fighting for the Red, White & Blue…rooting for the Black & Gold!




Meet our latest Veterans Day fan contributor:

“Born in West Virginia, raised in the Steel City, and a graduate of Bethel Park High School class of 1988 – I joined the military in the Spring of 1988 and served until 1996 as a United States Navy SEAL. This job took me around the world, but I always carved time to back my boys – the Pittsburgh Steelers. While in the Teams, I was known as a man who tried to make converts – I passed Bibles and Steelers jerseys throughout my career and including to this day. I am the CEO of a global risk mitigation company called Templar Titan that still upholds the policies and objectives of the U.S. military and adheres to a strict code of ethics as noble warriors bound to service.” – Lew Knopp.



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Left: Lew Kopp, top row on the left, posing with his combat diving crew. Top right: In the South Pacific Ocean at Easter Island diving (before the Denver Broncos playoff victory & pre-Detroit Super Bowl). Bottom right: That’s Lew in the #92 with “2 SEAL converts (Jake & Bobo) #43 and 83, Swick on the far right, and Hellmann in white (childhood brothers).”



THANK YOU TO ALL THE VETERANS OUT THERE! GOD BLESS YOU!


Jets 20, Steelers 13

November 9th, 2014 by

“We can’t turn the ball over and we did it too much…We’re going to sit here and chew on this loss, and get to come back to work tomorrow. It will be a new week and new challenges.” – Ben.



Ben finished 30 of 43 for 343 yards and connected with Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard touchdown with 1:16 left in the game, but the Steelers only first-half points came on a 53-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham that cut the deficit to 17-3 as time expired in the second quarter. They attempted an onside kick after that last-minute touchdown, but the Jets’ Eric Decker recovered to seal it for New York.


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


New Jersey & New York police departments receive grants

November 6th, 2014 by

Today, Ben announced the sixth and seventh grants of the 2014-15 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Washington Township Police Department and the Scotch Plains Police Department near where the Steelers will play the Jets on Sunday, November 9th.

“We are so pleased to be a recipient of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, a Foundation that, among other achievements, supports the important work of K-9s in law enforcement. Our K-9 unit provides a unique resource to the community and we are grateful for this funding so our K-9 unit can continue to achieve such positive results. We applaud the work of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and appreciate their generosity.” – Deputy Chief Thomas Cicerelle, Washington Township Police Department.


“We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund in support of our local K-9 program. Our program has been a tremendous success since its inception and the chance to enhance our efforts at providing safety and security to the people of Scotch Plains. Many thanks go out to Ben and this great organization.” – Chief of Police Brian T. Mahoney, Scotch Plains Police Department.



BRF_logoThe grant funds will help the Washington Township Police Department meet unexpected medical expenses for their four-year-old German Shepherd, Arek, while the Scotch Plains Police Department will expand their K-9 unit.

During the 2014-15 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.

This marks the eighth season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation 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. Roethlisberger and the Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish.

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.

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


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


93.7 The Fan: The Ben Roethlisberger Show

November 5th, 2014 by

“A win is a win to me, that is all that matters. I don’t care what my stats are as long as we win the football game. I did feel during the game I wasn’t playing my best football. I know the stats are one thing, but I felt like I left some plays out there. It was probably the adrenaline early, so I missed a couple of early throws, but I think we all calmed down, myself especially, as we moved on to the ladder parts of the game. I was a little disappointed. I just thought I could have played better.” – Ben, during Tuesday’s show.



Just in case you missed Ben’s radio show yesterday, 93.7 & KDKA posted a re-cap and a podcast:

110514_2The Steelers are coming off a very convincing 43-23 win over the rival Baltimore Ravens. It’s the Steelers third straight win at home and has them right in the thick of the AFC race.

Roethlisberger followed up his record-setting day over the Indianapolis Colts with another 6 touchdown performance over the Ravens.

Ben told the guys the win over the Ravens felt even more sweet knowing it was at home in front of the Heinz Field crowd on the night when they honored the greatest Steeler ever, when they retired Mean Joe Greene’s No. 75 at halftime.

“To do it on primetime, at night against a division opponent on Joe Greene night, how much more special does it get?” Roethlisberger said. “To see all of those towels waving and the energy that came out of that stadium. To be able to win for the fans and make it just an extra special night was awesome.”

Roethlisberger told the guys he was disappointed only in the fact that since the ceremony was at halftime he didn’t get to see much of it, but did take the opportunity to congratulate Greene and ask him to sign his program that featured the legendary Steeler on the cover.

The Steelers offensive outburst over the past three games (scoring 124 points) may have silenced those fans and members of the media who were calling for offensive coordinator Todd Haley to be fired.

“I said it after last week and I will say it again this week. I thought he called a great game,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve all worked well together. You look at things like taking ego off the table. The play right before the touchdown to Marcus, you know I go over to the sideline and he’s, ‘Hey, Ben what do you like here? What do you want to do?’ And I told him what play I wanted, and he said good let’s do it. To check his ego I think speaks volume to him and I’m just excited we can silence the critics a little bit, and like you say, get them off his back a little because we’ve been playing good games but he has been calling good games.”

Ben said the play calling has been so effective over the past few games they have not needed to run any no huddle plays. He said the plan has been to do whatever they can to possess the ball and keep it away from the other offenses and give their defense a rest.

Speaking of defense, Ben tells the guys that the defense came up huge against the Ravens and it was on the offense to make sure they took advantage of the opportunities that the defense provided them and they did.

The score may not have looked like a typical Steelers-Ravens game, but it was a chippy like one, and Ben said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was right in the middle of it, but he talked with Suggs and both agreed they were fine with it as long as it was kept clean and there were no dirty hits.

110514_1Ben did take a nice blow to the jaw from Courtney Upshaw that provided some fun from the fans comparing Ben to Popeye after making some unusual faces to loosen up his jaw.

“You know what as soon as the game was over and my wife, friends, and family were telling me about the TV showing my face I knew right away there was going to be a lot of funny things going on so I guess I can laugh at it since we won so it’s not so bad,” Roethlisberger said. “I just wanted to move it around and make sure that my jaw was in one piece, and obviously, it made for some fun for people on the Internet.”

So, does Ben think that his play over the past two weeks has put him into a possible MVP discussion?

“It’s on to the Jets,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s something at the end of the season we can look back on it and talk about it and think about it, but for me, like I said, it’s back to reality.”

Ben said the focus is on continuing to win games. He said there is no time to sit and dwell on individual stats or records. It’s about moving forward as a team and getting better each week so they can reach the ultimate goal.
The Steelers may be looking at a trap game this Sunday when they travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets who are (1-8) on the season.

“Were going on the road playing a good defense, and it’s an AFC game and we need to go on the road and get an AFC win,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re looking at this like it’s the biggest game of the year because it is. This is the next one up. We need to give it everything we have ‘cause this is a better football team than the record shows, and as we all know it’s any given Sunday in this league. We got to be prepared to give it everything we have.”


You can read more & check out the podcast (link at the bottom of the page) here.

You can also watch & listen to Ben’s interview with the media today (video) here.


Congratulations to Ben!

November 5th, 2014 by

For the second straight week, Ben has won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance, this time against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday!

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From Steelers.com:

This marks the 11th time that Roethlisberger has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the first time he has been honored in consecutive weeks and the third time he has won the award multiple times in a season (Weeks 5 and 8 in 2011, Weeks 10 and 16 in 2007).


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 1:00PM
12/7 @ Cincinnati 1:00PM
12/14 @ Atlanta 1:00PM
12/21 Kansas City 1:00PM
12/28 Cincinnati 1:00PM