It’s a Fan Friday!

October 20th, 2017 by


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And this week, we’re introducing Mr. & Mrs. Black & Gold (aka Eric & Megan Herrmann)!



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This beautiful couple was married in Beaver Falls, PA just a few weeks ago.



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“We are so honored to share our Steelers wedding photos with Ben and Steeler Nation!” — Megan.



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And when they arrived in Cancun, Mexico for their honeymoon, their BIG Terrible Towel went with them! Now that’s representin’!


“The first thing we did when we got to the resort was check the score of the Steelers game!” — Megan.


Congratulations to Eric & Megan! May you have a long lifetime of happiness!!



Wedding photos: Haley Elizabeth Photography


Our ‘Throwback Thursday’ on the runway

October 19th, 2017 by

The Rock Steelers Style Fashion Show is tomorrow evening, so we thought last year’s “Roethlisbergers on the Runway” post would make the perfect ‘Throwback Thursday’ for today!


Backstage on October 8th, 2016….

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Black & Gold family!


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Daddy and all the lil’ bergers…or mini-bergers, or is that sliders?


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Ready for the runway!



And ON STAGE!!

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7, and 7, and 7 and 7 are IN DA HOUSE!


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And the R’s on the runway in their finest!


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Benjamin & Baylee graciously wave to their many fans!


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“I could sure use a bottle about now!!” — Bodie



You can see larger versions of these photos here.

You can see all the photos from the 2016 Fashion Show here.


And check out these fun, candid shots from our favorite family doctor & photographer, Dr. Ronald Cypher:

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The #7’s step into the spotlight….and suddenly Benjamin Jr. has A LOT to talk about with his dad!



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Benjamin Jr. & Baylee are enjoying their time in the spotlight!


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Hey guys, come on! We have to go! Guys!


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But Dad!! We’re not done connecting with our fans!! — Benjamin, Jr.


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Let’s go…keep it moving!


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You know, I really think my purse was a big hit with this dress! — Baylee.


Well, I need to walk over here and wave to my many fans before we call it a night! — Benjamin, Jr.



Once again, thank you so much to Dr. Cypher!!



Wednesday’s Q&A with the media

October 18th, 2017 by

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

101817The NFL knew what they were doing when, as a part of the league’s flex scheduling policy, they changed the start time of Sunday’s Steelers-Bengals game at Heinz Field to a 4:25 kickoff, making it a game that will go out to more of a national audience for CBS.

It’s going to be a battle of two tough defenses, the Steelers ranked No. 3 overall in the NFL, while the Bengals are one notch ahead, the No. 2 ranked defense in the league.

“I think you can stop after saying they are the No. 2 defense in the NFL,” said Roethlisberger. “That’s enough said. It’s a really, really big challenge for us.”

After a 0-3 start the Bengals have won their last two games, defeating the Browns, 31-7, and the Bills, 20-16, a lot of that due in part to their defense. They are holding opponents to only 159.6 yards passing per game, and just 262.8 yards of total offense per game. The Bengals are also ranked second in points allowed at just 16.6 per game.

“It doesn’t get any easier this week,” said Roethlisberger. “That is a really, really good defense. We have a lot of work ahead of us. It’s a familiar opponent. They know us as well. They have a lot of the same guys over there, they don’t have a lot of turnover on defense. They know each other, they played together, and they played together well.”


The Bengals are coming off their bye week, an opportunity for a team to oftentimes tweak things, or add new wrinkles on both sides of the ball. Roethlisberger expects some of that.

“Traditionally you expect something new, whether it’s a new blitz, a new look, new plays on offense, whatever it is,” said Roethlisberger. “They have had a week head start on us, just another eight ball we are behind.”

A tight situation: Tight end Vance McDonald had his first catch in a Steelers uniform against the Chiefs, and it was a clutch reception. McDonald caught a 26-yard pass from Roethlisberger, getting the Steelers out of a big hole as they were pinned at their own one-yard line.

“I missed him a little bit on that one deep ball early,” said Roethlisberger. “I know he can run. I put it out there for him, probably an inch or two too far. We connected later in the game on a big coming out play. I think repetition helps both of us.”

Roethlisberger, who for a long time had Heath Miller as his security blanket on offense at tight end, is comfortable having multiple tight ends he can count on and his rapport with McDonald is definitely growing.

“I think he has a lot of confidence,” said Roethlisberger. “He is learning this offense more and more every day, getting more reps, more practice time, more communication with me. I have seen steps every day, every week.”


You can watch the video from his Q&A here.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

October 17th, 2017 by

Did you miss Ben’s radio show this morning during Cook & Poni?


Recap from 93.7 The Fan:

First question was on Martavis Bryant –

“He doesn’t want to go anywhere. The person that broke this story first was the same person that broke the story that I wanted to be traded and I know there’s zero-percent truth to that, so I kind of take some of the stuff that he says with a grain of salt.”


On the since deleted tweets by Bryant’s girlfriend that seemed to support the idea that he wants out –

“I don’t know if it’s one of those things where at home you’ve got a bunch of people that are saying ‘Why aren’t you getting the ball? Why don’t you do this? Why don’t you do that?’ Almost just kind of gassing him up if you will. Like I said, Martavis is an asset to this football team. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. Obviously his numbers probably aren’t what he was hoping and expecting, and probably aren’t for all of us to a certain extent, but you also understand he’s been gone for a whole year, it’s not like he missed six games, four games, eight games, it was a whole year, and that’s tough.”


On that great catch by Antonio Brown against the Chiefs –

“We got him matched up on what we’d call their third corner and AB ran a quick little wheel route and the safety was still cheating over the top, I kind of got caught between, ‘Ok, do I throw it over the top?’ If I do, the safety might be able to get there and he might catch it, he might get a hit, a lot of things could happen, so look for a back shoulder type throw. The problem with the back shoulder is that AB had the guy beat, so the back shoulder is not the best option but I did it anyway, it came out a little lower than I wanted it to, and I guess the good Lord wanted it to go our way this time.”


On James Harrison –

“In the locker room, I always speak to the team after coach does and I kind of said something, I said, ‘Hey Debo, it’s about time they got you off the shelf.’ I’m sure Steelers fans loved it, we loved it.”


You can read more or listen to the audio here.


Just a few of “Karl’s Top Pics”

October 16th, 2017 by

Check out this collage of some of Steelers photographer Karl Roser great photos from Sunday’s game:

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See all of Karl’s favorites right here.



Week 6: Steelers 19, Chiefs 13

October 15th, 2017 by

“I am proud of this team. We had some guys filling in, doing an awesome job. This is not an easy place to play, and a great team we played against. I am just proud of everybody the way we pulled through against this team.” — Ben.



From Teresa Varley at Steelers.com this evening:

101517_1It came down to the last minute, but the Steelers pulled out a key AFC win, taking down the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, 19-13. The Steelers improved their record to 4-2 on the season, and maintain the lead in the AFC North.

After the Steelers lost to the Jaguars last week, Coach Mike Tomlin said, “I’m interested in how we respond.”

Well, his players responded.

Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 32 times for 179 yards and a touchdown, while Antonio Brown had eight receptions for 155 yards and a circus catch for a touchdown.

The defense swarmed all day, never allowing the Chiefs to get in sync and containing one of the league’s most potent offenses.

The Steelers got the ball to start the game, and moved it early in the drive. Ben Roethlisberger connected with JuJu Smith-Schuster for five yards, and Antonio Brown for 12 yards. Le’Veon Bell carried the ball three times for 10 yards, but after that struggled. Bell was hit for a four-yard loss, but then James Conner added an 11-yard run. On third-and-three from the Chiefs 34-yard line Dee Ford broke free from his block and sacked Roethlisberger for a seven-yard loss, knocking them out of field goal range and forcing a punt.

Things got interesting after the punt. After a holding call the Chiefs were pinned back at their own nine-yard line. Center Zach Fulton snapped the ball over Alex Smith’s head and out of the end zone, giving the Steelers a safety and a 2-0 lead.

The Steelers had a huge opportunity in front of them with the ensuing free kick, but from the looks of things Brown lost sight of the ball in the sun, and Jehu Chesson recovered the ball at the Steelers’ 32-yard line.

With great field position handed to them, the Chiefs now looked to be the team with the huge opportunity. But the defense wouldn’t have it. Kareem Hunt could manage only a three-yard gain, and then T.J. Watt pushed him out of bounds after a one-yard reception. The Chiefs had to settle for a 46-yard field goal by Harrison Butker, taking a 3-2 lead.

With the ball back, the offense went to work. Bell pounded it out on the ground, and the Chiefs couldn’t stop him. Bell carried the ball eight times for 65 yards on a drive that would finish with him taking it for a three-yard touchdown run, to give the Steelers a 9-3 lead.

The defense continued to be dominant on the ensuing drive, aided by Mike Hiltonknocking Tyreek Hill for a nine-yard loss, and eventually forcing another punt.

The Chiefs got their biggest play of the half when Marcus Peters intercepted Roethlisberger at the 42-yard line, and returned it 10 yards to the Steelers 48-yard line. The defense stepped up again, forcing a three-and-out and a punt.

Dustin Colquitt pinned the Steelers at their own one-yard line on the punt, but Roethlisberger quickly got them out of trouble when he hit Vance McDonald for a 26-yard gain. Roethlisberger added completions to Smith-Schuster for 15 yards and Brown for 26 yards. Bell added a 17-yard run to the Chiefs’ two-yard line, but they couldn’t punch it in the end zone. Boswell hit a 24-yard field goal, giving the Steelers a 12-3 lead they would take into the half. The Steelers dominated the stat sheet for the half, with 232 yards of total offense, while the Chiefs managed only six yards.

“The old cowboy’s got a little left in him.” — Ben, referring to himself.


The defense picked up where they left off in the first half, forcing a three-and-out on the opening possession of the second half as they continued to stymie the Chiefs offense. On the Chiefs next possession, the defense was equally menacing, allowing just one first down on the four-play drive that ended in another punt without going anywhere.

Roethlisberger got the offense clicking again with a 30-yard pass to a wide-open Brown, Smith-Schuster pulled in a 12-yard reception, but Bell’s 26-yard run was negated by a holding call on B.J. Finney, starting for the injured Ramon Foster. Brown got some of the yardage back on a 17-yard reception, when he held on despite being upended, but an incompletion to Bell forced a punt.

Taking over at their own 10-yard line, the Chiefs offense got moving for the first time all day. Smith hit Hill for 10 yards, then Hunt for 19 yards. Smith then hit Hunt, who broke free for a 37-yard gain. A roughing the passer penalty on Mike Mitchell was tacked on, giving the Chiefs a first down at the 12-yard line. But when you challenge this defense, they answer. Hunt was stuffed on third down, and the Chiefs chose to go for it on fourth-and-two. Smith’s pass to Demetrius Harris was incomplete in the end zone when Sean Davis wrestled the ball out of his hands.

While they were unable to sustain a scoring drive on their next possession, the Steelers moved the ball deep out of their own territory and flipped the field, with the Chiefs taking over at their 18-yard line. This time, though, they would take it all the way. Smith engineered an eight-play, 82-yard drive, that finished with a 57-yard touchdown pass to De’Anthony Thomas, to cut the lead to 12-10.

101517When the going got tough, the Steelers’ offense got going. And it was one play that said it all. On third-and-two from the 49-yard line, Roethlisberger aired it out, and truth be told it looked like it was either going to fall incomplete or be intercepted. But somehow Brown, between two defenders, never lost focus and pulled in the ball that tipped off a defenders helmet and then took off for a 51-yard touchdown, extending the Steelers lead to 19-10.

The Chiefs battled back, with Butker’s 33-yard field goal closing the gap to 19-13.

The Chiefs got the ball one more time, and with just 1:42 to play and one timeout, and Hill on the sidelines after taking a hit on the punt return, it didn’t look promising. And it wasn’t. The defense stepped up, with James Harrison sacking Smith for an eight-yard loss on third down, and then held on fourth-and-18, securing the win.


You can read more and watch video of Ben’s post-game interview here.


Ben Roethlisberger Foundation: Two new grants

October 12th, 2017 by

Today, Ben announced the fifth and sixth grant awards of the 2017 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

101217The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Bonner Springs Police Department and the Independence Police Department, just outside of Kansas City where the Steelers will play the Chiefs on October 15th.

The Independence Police Department will use the grant funds to replace a K-9 close to retirement, while the Bonner Springs Police Department will use the funds to purchase training equipment to better their K-9’s skills in both narcotics detection and patrol.

Fans:

You 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 percent of the purchase price to the foundation.


Click here for more info on Ben’s foundation or you can contact Jessica Duffaut at The Giving Back Fund.


Wednesday’s Q&A with the media

October 11th, 2017 by

Recap from Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

101117Ben Roethlisberger put last week’s disappointing loss to Jacksonville behind him the minute the team wrapped their meetings and finished watching film of the game on Monday afternoon.

It’s nothing unusual. It’s the same thing he does after a big win as well, because he knows on the horizon is another challenge.

And this week it comes from the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, who sit atop the AFC at 5-0.

“They do a lot of unusual things on offense and their defense gets after the quarterback, ball hawking in the secondary,” said Roethlisberger. “We are going into an awesome environment this week with the last undefeated team, a football team that is playing really well, that leads the AFC. What an awesome challenge for us.”

The Chiefs have four interceptions on the season, but that number doesn’t speak to the aggressive approach the secondary plays with.

“They are really good,” said Roethlisberger. “(Marcus) Peters may be one of the best in the business. Always seems to around the ball, making plays. Even when it’s man coverage he leaves his man to intercept balls. I have a lot of film study to do to get ready for this team.

“You play a great team like this, a great team on the road, with the environment they always have there at Arrowhead. I am just excited for it. You do this long enough you get excited for these matchups.”

Roethlisberger has stressed the importance of the offense playing with more detail, and playing at Arrowhead Stadium, one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, is definitely going to require everyone to be on point, particularly in the red zone where the Steelers were 0 for 3 last week.

“It’s a shorter field, things happen quicker,” said Roethlisberger. “You have to understand reads quicker. Sometimes defenses give you looks you are not prepared for, when I say not prepared for, not a look they gave somebody else that you saw on film study. That happened to us. You have to make in game adjustments as well. You have to have your preparation and practice field stuff ready to go.”

Wanting the ball: Earlier this week Le’Veon Bell said he would like to have seen the offense run the ball more against the Jaguars. Bell carried the ball 15 times for 47 yards.

“I don’t think we got enough attempts,” said Bell.

Roethlisberger said he knows it’s never easy to make all of his weapons happy with spreading the ball around, but you have to go with what the defense gives you.

“Everyone wants the ball,” said Roethlisberger. “That is what got people to this level, their desire, their abilities. As guys grow in their roles and understand the NFL and understand defenses and looks and reads, guys understand when it’s a good look and when it’s not.

“Last week they had eight or nine guys in the box. That is not a good week to run the ball. You can try to force it at times, but it’s not. The way the game is flowing dictates how a ball gets distributed. I am not worried about guys complaining about wanting the ball. We have a lot of guys who can make plays for us, we just need to make them.”


You can watch video of Ben’s interview here.


If you’re wondering why the website isn’t updated later this week….

I’m heading out of town to a place with questionable internet connectivity, so updating may be a bit of a problem! But I’ll be back on Wednesay! — Erin.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

October 10th, 2017 by

“If you’re asking me is my heart into it, I’ll say 100%. I love this game, I love this sport, I love my teammates, the fans, I give it everything I have. Like I said, I’m going to put it behind me, just because I put it behind me doesn’t mean I don’t care about it.”



Just in case you missed Ben’s show this morning on Cook & Poni, here’s the recap, courtesy of 93.7 The Fan:

   Coming off his five interception performance in a 30-9 loss at home at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ben Roethlisberger joined The Cook and Poni Show for The #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show and made it obvious that he’s not lacking any confidence in himself.

“You wake up Monday morning and you realize, ‘Man, I’m still one of the best in the world that do what I do,’ and I’m gonna have that confidence, I’m gonna have that when I go out there Wednesday to practice and Sunday when we go into Kansas City. I have that belief that I’m one of the best that’s ever done it, one of the best that’s ever played this position and you have to have that confidence.”

One thing Ben addressed about his play is that it’s not a mechanical issue and isn’t due to injury.

“I talked to my agent…he played quarterback in college and worked closely with a lot of people. I asked him ‘Have you seen anything, do you notice anything?’ He said, ‘No, I honestly think that you’re throwing the ball as well as you ever have.’ So I don’t think there’s anything there. Honestly, I think your talent, it doesn’t go away, it goes awry sometimes, but it doesn’t go away. We just got to come back out and be ready to play some great football.”

Ben though isn’t the only one that is struggling on the offensive side of the ball and he told us that “we’re all frustrated.”

“We’ve got to get into the end zone and we’ve got a lot of talent on this side of the ball and we’ve got to utilize that.”

While there are obvious issues on the field for this team, Ben was asked about reported issues off the field. A CBS Sports report said that there are issues between Ben and Antonio Brown because of how the National Anthem was handled before the game in Baltimore this year. Ben answered that question with a simple answer.

“No, none whatsoever.”


You can read more and listen to audio from today’s show here.


Week 5: Jaguars 30, Steelers 9

October 8th, 2017 by

“Doing this long enough, you understand not to panic. I’m not going to hit any buttons where it’s like, ‘Oh man, what do I do to change all this and that, go see people.’ Just come out on Wednesday and be ready to practice.”


Ben speaks to reporters after a very tough loss today. More from the Steelers here.


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2017 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/10 @ Browns Win: 21-18
9/17 Vikings Win: 26-9
9/24 @ Bears Loss: 23-17
10/1 Ravens Win: 26-9
10/8 Jaguars Loss: 30-9
10/15 @ Chiefs Win: 19-13
10/22 Bengals 4:25pm CBS
10/29 @ Lions 8:30pm NBC
11/5 BYE N/A
11/12 @ Colts 1pm CBS
11/16 Titans 8:25pm NBC/NFLN
11/26 Packers 8:30pm NBC
12/4 @ Bengals 8:30pm ESPN
12/10 Ravens 8:30pm NBC
12/17 Patriots 4:25pm CBS
12/25 @ Texans 4:30pm NBC/NFLN
12/31 Browns 1pm CBS