Starkey: Big Ben, as always, the key

July 24th, 2016 by

From Joe Starkey, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

010615There is one man, and one man only, whose prolonged absence would reduce the Steelers’ chance of winning the Super Bowl to precisely zero.

You know who it is. Every single person in the locker room, coaches room and board room knows, too.

Ben Roethlisberger missed four games last season, and the Steelers needed Rex Ryan’s help in Week 17 just to make the playoffs. They were 2-2 with a popgun passing game when Roethlisberger did not play. They were 8-4 with a dynamic aerial attack when he did — including a game in which he replaced an injured Landry Jones and turned in the most prolific relief appearance in NFL history, torturing the Cleveland Browns for 379 yards and three touchdowns.

The Steelers would have succumbed in the wild-card round without an injured Roethlisberger replacing Jones for the final drive.

Big Ben might be losing weapons, one by one, as training camp approaches, but he still has enough — notably the great Antonio Brown — to inflict serious damage in his age 34 season.

Truth is, his game has never looked better. He just needs to stay on the field.

If it seems like Roethlisberger has become terribly fragile, the record shows otherwise. He has started 43 of the past 48 games —- 46 of 51 including playoffs. And that doesn’t include his immaculate relief performance against the Browns.

On the other hand, he started a career-low 11 games last season, sustaining four significant injuries along the way (sprained MCL, sprained foot, concussion, damaged shoulder).

On the other, other hand, he has evolved into a quick-release passer who was sacked on just 4.1 percent of his attempts last season, easily the lowest mark of his career and fourth-best in the league.

If he can stay in one piece, Roethlisberger has the look of a quarterback who will remain elite for another handful of years, a la Tom Brady, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Joe Montana and others who were/are still getting it done into their late 30s.

Roethlisberger’s arm is in excellent shape. His deep ball has never looked so sweet. His short game isn’t bad, either, evidenced by his career-best completion percentage of 68.0.

You can read the rest here.

Cowher: ‘It’s amazing, but not surprising’

July 22nd, 2016 by

From Teresa Varley at

072216On the day Ben Roethlisberger was drafted, former Steelers’ Coach Bill Cowher made a comment that would hold more than true when he said, “This kid has a lot of upside.”

As Roethlisberger is on the doorstep of his 13th NFL season, Cowher smiles when he thinks of how far he has come and how much upside he really had.

“It is amazing, but not surprising,” said Cowher, an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. “It’s great to see where he is in his career. You look at him, he looks like he is in great shape. He is in a great place. He is without a doubt the face of this football team. He has accepted that responsibility. He is an elite quarterback. He is a special player. He has a special skill set. With him on your football team, you have a chance every Sunday.”

Cowher knows that as Roethlisberger goes, the Steelers go. But at the same time, he knows he is going to have to depend on the wealth of talent around him, from the offensive line, to receiver Antonio Brown, to running back Le’Veon Bell. They are all ingredients that can lead to a successful season for the black and gold.

“With this offense, you are talking about a pretty good offensive line,” said Cowher. “David DeCastro might be one of the best guards in the league and we all know it starts up front with them. Ben will be the first to tell you that. Antonio Brown is, if not the best receiver in the league, one of the best. Le’Veon Bell, as we have seen through the years when healthy, is such a dynamic player not just out of the backfield, but as a receiver.

“You couple that with a quarterback that has a great feel for the game, great vision for the game, who can see the field and is so resourceful. His improvisation is second to none. You put talent around him there is no limit to this offense. This is a team that is not just about playoffs, they are measured by championships which they should be.”

You can read more here.

Photo: Ben and Brett Keisel with Coach Cowher at the Sewickley Valley YMCA Summer Barn Bash last week!!

Happy Birthday Wishes…

July 20th, 2016 by

To Mr. Dan Rooney, Sr.


“People are what makes Pittsburgh special. Why the tradition, why the history, why the most Lombardi’s? To me it starts at the top. That’s him, Art his son and his family. When he was in Pittsburgh, we saw him every day. After every game win or lose. For us to see our owner every day, whether out at practice, just working out and them saying ‘hi’ to you, sit down and have lunch with you, to me that speaks volumes.” — Ben, from an interview with the Irish Examiner, July 4, 2014.

It’s the ‘Summer of Babies’ for the Roethlisbergers!

July 18th, 2016 by

Welcome the newest member of our family….

A little Vizsla puppy named, Remington “Remy” Roethlisberger!

You can see all our family photos here!

Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie are vacationing…

July 17th, 2016 by

But they are never on vacation from telling their Mommy how much they love her…especially on her birthday!

Mommy we love you, whether we are behaving like perfect little Angels…

Or impatiently waiting for popcorn for a snack…

If we are getting a hug from you on the pier…

Or taking our very first swim with you…

Or just sunbathing at the pool…

We want you to know you’re the best Mommy ever, and we love you more than words can describe. Happy birthday Mommy. — Love Benjamin, Baylee, Bodie, and Dad.

*And a BIG shout-out to Dad for helping us with these words and pictures.

Dad’s big girl, ‘Bay’

July 15th, 2016 by

…enjoying dinner out with the fam, and all of a sudden –


“Daaad! Seriously?? I’m trying to eat. Stop taking pictures, please!!”

(You know, it’s tough being a celebrity toddler sometimes. Sigh!!)

“Thank you Ben!”

July 12th, 2016 by

David Arlott, a Pittsburgh native who now lives in Houston, Texas sent us this photo & story to share with you:


“In June, I took my son, Alex, to Pittsburgh for his 13th birthday. That was his first time visiting. Aside from the Pirates game and getting to see the Pens win the cup we also went to the US open during the Monday practice round. It was there we saw Ben visiting with the golfers on the practice range. We were walking away from the range and Ben happened to be walking around the corner and my son quickly asked him to take a photo with him. Big Ben obliged. Definitely made Alex’s day! Thank you Ben!!” — David.

The deadline is just around the corner!

July 6th, 2016 by

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund is still accepting applications for the 2016 grant cycle, but only until August 15th.

OnyxThis marks the 10th grant cycle for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. The majority of the grants distributed will help police and fire department K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of needs are also considered.

The Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2016 NFL season including Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, Baltimore, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Buffalo and Cincinnati areas. Ben is inviting police and fire departments in these eight cities & surrounding communities to submit proposals detailing their needs. 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 LI.

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. Ben and his foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish. His foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2015 NFL season, including $93,250.00 just in the Pittsburgh community alone.

The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.5 million since 2007.

“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.

For the first time in 10 years, Ben’s foundation is utilizing a paperless application process and all applications must be submitted online via

Note: Hard copies of the application received by mail, fax or email will not be accepted. Again, all applications much be submitted electronically by the Monday August 15th deadline.

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.

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut at 310-649-5222 or email her at

Who is our cover girl?

That’s K9 Officer Onyx! Onyx, a two-year old Labrador Retriever, is partnered with Detective Pritz of the Fairfax County, VA Police Department. Onyx is trained to detect the odor of numerous narcotics. She completed her certification in September, 2014, and has been a hard working officer ever since! Oh, she’s also a BIG Steelers fan, and has been hoping her photo would make it on Ben’s website for quite some time now!

A beautiful evening for a wonderful cause

July 5th, 2016 by

The Arians Family Foundation 4th Annual Georgia Celebrity Golf Classic is in “full swing” tonight with a Welcome Reception & Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton in Reynolds Plantation

And Ben & Ashley are in attendance once again to support their friends, Bruce & Christine!

The tournament itself will begin bright and early tomorrow morning at the Reynolds Plantation golf course.

The Arians Family Foundation motto is “A Voice For Children” by supporting and developing programs which strives to prevent and ameliorate the abuse and neglect of children. The Arians Family Foundation supports CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in making sure that children who are involved in the Court system, as a result of abuse or neglect by their families, receive the love and help they need. — From their website.

You can learn more about the Arians Family Foundation here.

Starting the holiday weekend off right

July 1st, 2016 by

…with Billy Joel at PNC Park!!

Not bad for a first concert, Bodie! Hope you enjoy the “Piano Man” as much as Dad does!


WHAT: Nothing at this time


WHAT: The SunnyD Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: June 18th & 19th, 2016
WHERE: Bethel Park High School, 309 Church Rd., Bethel Park, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).








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