The newest member of Steeler Nation

May 26th, 2016 by


…is watching his first Penguins playoff game tonight!!


We want to wish the #Pens “Good luck” for Game 7!


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Bodie was born this morning and weighed in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces and he’s 21 inches long. God is good!! #LETSGOPENS!! — Ben, Ashley, Ben Jr., Baylee, and our newest addition to the family, Bodie Roethlisberger.


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Benjamin Jr. is already lookin’ after his little brother, and Baylee can’t wait to help mommy take care of him!


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#7 with 7 topics on Day 1 of OTAs

May 24th, 2016 by

From Teresa Varley at Steelers.com:

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger liked what he saw on day one, even if it was ‘football in shorts.’

“It’s fun to get on the field with the guys,” said Roethlisberger. “It’s always fun because it’s football.”


Welcome back: The start of OTAs meant the return of a few familiar faces to the field, including running back Le’Veon Bell.

Bell suffered a season-ending MCL injury last year against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on Nov. 1.

“I was excited to have him back out there and excited to get him playing real football,” said Roethlisberger.


Center of attention: Also back on the field was center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed the entire 2015 season with an ankle injury he suffered in the preseason.

“It’s awesome,” said Roethlisberger of having him back. “If feels good to have him back out there. I am excited he is out there, healthy and our leader.”


Big Ben: He is still Big Ben, but there is a little less of him this season as Roethlisberger put in a lot of cardio work this offseason to drop some weight.

“It feels good,” said Roethlisberger. “You want to be the best you can be. You want to win Super Bowls. I just felt like it was the right thing at the right time.”

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Reaching for 30: The goal for the Steelers offense last season was to score 30 points a game, and while they came up shy of that with 26.4 points per game in the regular season, the goal is still the same this year.

“Coach (Todd) Haley goes over our goals today as we start this process,” said Roethlisberger. “That was one of our goals, 30 points. We were close last year, but didn’t get there so we didn’t reach our goal.”


7 to start: It’s referred to by Coach Mike Tomlin as ‘seven shots,’ a drill where the ball is placed at the two-yard line with the offense looking to punch it into the end zone. The offense throws everything at the defense, and the challenge is simple, stop them.

It was commonly run in training camp last year, and during the season, but Tomlin pulled it out to start off OTAs.

“That’s Coach Tomlin’s new thing, that’s seven shots,” said Roethlisberger. “We were a little surprised we were doing it, then we weren’t surprised because that is what he loves. He loves that little period.”


Time to step up: Roethlisberger knows the offense is going to miss receiver Martavis Bryant, suspended for the entire season, but he also knows that everyone else will pick up their game as a result.

“He is a big weapon for us, one of the best and had the chance to be one of the best in the NFL. It’s unfortunate,” said Roethlisberger. “All of us need to step up. We have had a lot of guys carry a lot on their shoulders. I would like to see some of the young guys take the next step, especially some of the young receiving guys.”


You can check out a video from the interview with Ben here.

And you can see all the photos from Day 1 here.


We’re back!!!

May 21st, 2016 by

Daddy’s off-season is our FAVORITE time of year! It ranks right up there with Halloween, Christmas, Easter and our birthdays!!

From snowman-making to swinging to swimming to shootin’ hoops, we’ve been there – done that, thanks to Mommy & Daddy. They’ve kept us super busy with super fun things to do so far this off-season, and we wanted to share some of our favorite photos with you:


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Hey Daddy, does snow come in flavors…like maybe chocolate?



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A little pick-up game with a couple of pals (can you tell by their faces that WE won? heehee).



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Lunch on the patio after a swim. It doesn’t get much better than this!



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Benjamin, don’t you wish we could stay here forever?



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A swingset on the beach is like one of the best ideas EVER!!



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Yup, we’re best buddies.



Thanks for stoppin’ by! We’ve got more fun stuff to do, but we’ll see ya soon! — Benjamin Jr. & Baylee.


“Thank you Ben!”

May 19th, 2016 by

From Great-Aunt Tammy:

On the 23rd of April, my great-niece Audrina was visiting her uncle in Pittsburgh – He plays for Pitt-Nick Yarnall #33. Ben was there for the Miami game and he very graciously signed a baseball for her.

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She was so happy and excited, she is definitely a huge fan of his! her birthday was this month, but he gave her an early (and the best) gift! I was so happy that she got to see one of the reasons we love him! I’m going to get her a #7 jersey to give her when I see her next month. Thank you, Ben! — Tammy Devine Palmer.



Tammy, thank you so much for sharing the story & photos with us!!


Tweet of the Week

May 17th, 2016 by

….or perhaps the “Tee of the Week” goes to:




Please take a moment to stop by the Highmark Caring Place website to learn about this wonderful organization!


One camper can’t wait…

May 13th, 2016 by

for the Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp to get here! He’s not only a life-long Steelers fan, but a return camper as well. His grandmother, Cathy, shared these photos with us:

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“When Aden Satterfield was just 6 months old he had his jersey signed by Mr. Dan Rooney.”


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“Aden proudly wears a #7 jersey from Ben’s college playing (and winning) days as a Miami RedHawk.”


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“Last year he had an amazing time at Ben’s camp, and he’s looking forward to camp again this year. In fact, his sister Addy will be participating too! Thank you for this Ben!” — Cathy Satterfield.


Want to join Aden and Addy?

The Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp will be in session for two days next month at Bethel Park High School (309 Church Road, Bethel Park, PA) and spots are filling up fast now! Don’t be left out.

Stop by the ProCamps website this weekend and sign your child up with our special promotional code, BigBen7.

The Camp, sponsored by SunnyD, is open to boys and girls, grades 1 through 8, and Ben will be joined by a selection of the top prep and college coaches from the area.

Each day, campers will experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills of football.

Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum instruction.

Group rates are available for your team, school, or group of friends! For more information, please contact Alex at aland@procamps.com.

Ben will give daily talks highlighting the finer points of the game of football and beyond, as well as be on the field EVERYWHERE helping coaches, helping your child, and throwing those passes. Parents and guests will be able to listen to camp guests in designated areas at each location.

Dates: June 18th – June 19th, 2016

Times: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM on June 18th.

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM on June 19th.

Place: Bethel Park High School, 309 Church Road, Bethel Park, PA.

Cost: $199. Use the code BigBen7 for $20 off the registration fee.


Fan Kevin J. Cousino does it again!

May 10th, 2016 by

In March, Kevin (KJC Custom Sports Figures) made an incredible 3-figure “Big Ben – Threw the Years” display for the man himself (Yes, “threw” the years!).

Now he’s created a special piece as a tribute to all the work Ben does with his foundation:

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“In honor of Big Ben and The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation: Ben with a German Shephard K9 officer! ‪Thank you for what you do Ben!!” — Kevin.



You can see a larger, close-up version of the collage here.


*Thank you so much for sharing with us again, Kevin!



And check out this Lil’ Fan:

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Young Isaiah Raciti decided that he just can’t wait for the season to start to wear his #7 jersey, so it has become his Spring attire! His mom Murielle is wondering if she’ll be able to get it off of him long enough to put it in the washer?!


*Thank you for the photos, Murielle (and good luck)!


Mother’s Day message…

May 8th, 2016 by

from Benjamin Jr. and Baylee:

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Mommy, we love you!

Mommy, we know you love us by the way you show you care,
You always hug and kiss us, and when we need you, you’re always there.

Mommy, we’ll love you always, and from our hearts we want to say,
We’re so glad you’re our mommy, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!



Ben looks ahead

May 3rd, 2016 by

“It’s tough to lose Heath Miller, a guy I think everyone knows is a great friend and one of my favorite, best teammates of all time and a comfort, security blanket for me. It’s going to be tough. It’s not going to feel right going to training camp, or OTAs or minicamps and him not being there. I haven’t quite wrapped my head around what it’s going to be like not having him.

“We have guys that are going to step up. I know Sammie Coates is working his tail off, and really did some good stuff in that playoff game (at Denver). Markus Wheaton has gotten better. We know what we get from A.B. and we hope that there will be maybe a young guy, an Eli (Rodgers), someone that will step up.”



From his interview with Mike Prisuta at Steelers.com:

021916Moving on without Heath Miller is going to take some getting used to for Ben Roethlisberger. Free-agent addition Ladarius Green has already been penciled in to replace Miller.

And Roethlisberger likes what he’s heard regarding the Steelers’ new tight end.

“We’ve talked, we’ve communicated,” he said. “I know some guys for the Chargers that have told me that he’s a really good player and a guy that has more speed at tight end than I’ve ever seen. I’m just excited because I know he’s excited to help us. He wants to win and wants to win right now.”

Roethlisberger and the Steelers won’t exactly be starting over when OTAs commence this month, he said.

But nor should they perceive themselves as a team that was almost good enough to win the Super Bowl last season based on their near-miss in Denver in the postseason.

“You can’t look at the ‘what ifs?’ in football because there’s too many of them,” he said. “We have a good group that’s coming back, a lot of guys coming back, so we’re not really starting from scratch but we’re starting kind of where we always do.”

As for how long he intends to play, “I feel good,” Roethlisberger said. “I feel healthy. Thanks to the guys around me we’ve been playing pretty well. I turned 34 in March. I’m going to play the season at 34 and I’ll be all right.

“Everyone has a different mentality and mindset on it. I’ll stay firm with my answer, that it’s either until Mr. Rooney or the Good Lord says I can’t.”


You can read the latest on the team here.


What’s better on a Spring day…

April 27th, 2016 by

than a little tackle football with Dad?

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Oh no!!! #7 has been sacked by not one, but TWO tough defenders!!



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And there’s a fumble….and it looks like a scramble for the ball!



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But…but Mr. Referee, I didn’t mean to get unnecessarily rough, truly I didn’t. He’s just tough to bring down!



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Whew!! #7 is able to recover the ball AND fight off both defensive (but adorable) threats AND takes it in for a Steelers touchdown. The crowd goes wild!!



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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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2016 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/12 @ Redskins 7:10PM – ESPN
9/18 Bengals 1PM – CBS/KDKA
9/25 @ Eagles 4:25PM – CBS/KDKA
10/2 Chiefs 8:30PM – NBC
10/9 Jets 1PM – CBS/KDKA
10/16 @ Dolphins 1PM – CBS/KDKA
10/23 Patriots 4:25PM – CBS/KDKA
10/30 BYE Week N/A
11/6 @ Ravens 1PM – CBS/KDKA
11/13 Cowboys 4:25PM – FOX
11/20 @ Browns 1PM – CBS/KDKA
11/24 @ Colts 8:30PM – NBC
12/4 Giants 4:25PM – FOX
12/11 @ Bills 1PM – CBS/KDKA
12/18 @ Bengals 8:30PM – NBC
12/25 Ravens 4:30PM – NFLN
1/1 Browns 1PM – CBS/KDKA