“Thank you Ben!”

September 29th, 2016 by

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(Ben at the Opening Ceremony of the United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog Trials last Saturday in Gloucester Township, NJ)


A few emails from the past week that we were asked to share with Steeler Nation:

“A quick ‘Thank You’ to Mr. Roethlisberger and his foundation.

I stumbled across an article in a law enforcement publication about the support that is given to Law Enforcement / (public safety) and others.

Although I’m sure Mr. Roethlisberger is not alone with regards to this type of support being given by professional athletes of his caliber, it is so refreshing to hear about, instead of the negativity so commonly being reported by media outlets across the country.

The fact that this is ‘quiet support’ just goes to show you that the man is a class act.

I still have to root for the Patriots when the Steelers come to town, (if Tom Brady ever gets back to the playing field), but Big Ben certainly has my respect and gratitude. Thank you! — Lt. Craig S. Fournier, East Providence, (RI) Police Department.


“I am a retired Police Sergeant from Flagstaff AZ. I just read an article about the support Ben Roethlisberger gives to law enforcement, K-9 units specifically. I am not much of a professional sports fan, but I am now a fan of the Steelers and Mr. Roethlisberger.

Please forward my thanks to him for the good work he is doing.” — Gene Harris, http://wallbuilders.com/ – Presenting America’s Forgotten History and Heroes


scott“I just want to share my appreciation for Ben’s character and willingness to support law enforcement. His actions are positively impacting the lives of many people…it something folks who risk their lives everyday for people they don’t even know will never forget. I bleed black and gold. In fact, just last weekend I drove my family across PA to attend the home opener against the Bengals (photo).” — J. Scott Thomson, Chief of Police, Camden County (NJ) Police Department.


“Thank you for your support of law enforcement! You’re a stand-up guy and they deserve everyone’s support/respect!” — Diana Vigil.


“Thank you for your support of Law Enforcement, it was great to meet you at the K-9 trials recpetion in New Jersey.” — William Joseph.



And from Doug Wyllie, for Police One Magazine:

How one NFL star quietly supports American police -Despite perception to the contrary, numerous professional athletes show support for police — and in the case of Super Bowl Champion Ben Roethlisberger, with enormous financial donations

Even as professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem in protest over what they perceive to be an unfair judicial system that disproportionately targets minority populations, some of the elites who play games for money support law enforcement. This was most recently witnessed when four members of the Philadelphia Eagles stopped by to visit University of Pennsylvania Police Officer Ed Miller in the hospital, where he was recovering from wounds sustained over the weekend. Jordan Mathews, Trey Burton, Zach Ertz, and Jordan Hicks took time to visit with Miller before boarding their team plane to Chicago, where they proceeded to defeat the Bears.

Prior to that, we saw NBA star Dwyane Wade return to Miami — where he played for the first 13 years of his NBA career on the Heat — for a six-mile bicycle ride alongside police.

Bring on Big Ben

If American cops want to root for a professional athlete — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a good candidate.

Many officers may not know that for the past decade Roethlisberger has been quietly supporting police K-9 units across the country with generous donations from his foundation.

The most recent recipient of funds is the Arlington County (Va.) Police Department, which will use the grant funds to purchase ballistic vests for their existing seven K-9s.

In addition to supporting police and fire departments, Roethlisberger’s foundation supports a variety of community organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities and Make-A-Wish. Roethlisberger has pledged to donate $1,000 to his foundation for every touchdown he throws this season. That could amount to a substantial stack of cash. He connected with a receiver in the end zone 28 times in an injury-shortened season last year, and in 2014, he tied a career high with 32 touchdown passes. So send Big Ben some words of encouragement — and maybe add him to your fantasy roster.


You can read Mr. Wyllie’s full article here.



Fans can support future K-9 grants by joining Ben’s crowdfunding campaign on https://pledgeit.org/big-ben. Ben is pledging $1,000 per throwing touchdown this season to his foundation. Supporters can increase the impact by pledging to donate any amount per touchdown.


#WarriorWednesday – Toy Soldier Edition

September 28th, 2016 by

We recently received an email from Senior Airman Casey Hulllette, USAF (one of the “toy soldier” recreators below) that he wanted us to share with you!

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“First off, I want to thank you Ben for your support of the troops and all military veterans. Second, I want to introduce myself. I’m Casey Hullette, a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force.

I’m originally from the small town of Lincolnton, NC, and my beautiful wife, Caroline, and I have been blessed with 2 amazing little boys, Tripp 4 and Finnley 2. We are currently stationed at Dover AFB in Delaware.

Now just wanted to give you a little run-down of the other 3 guys, some of the best friends I’ve ever had, and together we made it through our deployment to Bagram AFB in Afghanistan, where this picture was taken. We are all Air Transportation Specialists (we do all of the cargo and passenger movements).

The toy soldiers from left to right: SSGT Alex Franklin (currently serving in Korea); Senior Airman Kyle Bowman (currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state); Me – with both weapons in the air; and Technical Sgt Russell Meredith (who just returned from another tour in Iraq).

From all four of us we thank you for sharing our picture with Steeler Nation.

And Ben, again, we want to make sure you understand the appreciation we have for your support of the troops. Congratulations on your success in the NFL.” — Casey.


Casey, Alex, Kyle & Russell: thank you so much for the email, and especially for your service. God bless all of you and keep you safe!


Wednesday: Ben’s “chat” with the media

September 28th, 2016 by

The Steelers’ Teresa Varley recaps Ben’s interview:

benbellBen Roethlisberger is getting a proven weapon back this week with the return of Le’Veon Bell, and he is looking forward to what he brings not just to the running game, but also the passing game.

“He is one of the best in the business at what he does,” said Roethlisberger. “He can block, he can catch, and he can run after catch. I am excited to get him back out there.”

Bell missed the first three games of the season after being suspended for a violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, but like he does year round he stayed in tip top condition the entire time. Roethlisberger said the only adjustments Bell might have to make returning to the field are dealing with some new things they have put into the offense while he was out.

“I don’t foresee there being any issues,” said Roethlisberger. “If there are we will iron them out in the next couple of days. There are some things we have put in since he has been gone, but I fully expect him to pick up on it and be ready to go.

“He has been working hard. I think the mental side of it is the big area, the question mark if you will because there are some new things. He was here early this morning. I know he will be ready in practice, asking questions. I don’t foresee any issue at all.”

More from Ben…

On the Chiefs’ defense that has eight interceptions through three games:

“They make plays. Not only when the ball is tipped in the air they make a play, but they make plays on the ball. When it touches their hands, they catch it. A very good defense.”


On bouncing back after the loss to the Eagles:

“That is looking back. We are not looking back, we are looking forward. We have a great team coming to town for Sunday Night Football at Heinz Field and this will be a big test for us.”


On if pump fakes are effective against Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who likes to jump routes and leads the team with four interceptions:

“Potentially, but then you have to have time to get it off because they have a real good pass rush on the other side of that.”


On how Alejandro Villanueva has grown since last year against the Chiefs, his first start:

“He has gotten more confidence, better technique. More trust and belief in himself and the guys around him. They have that in him. I think we have seen a player that has grown every week.”


On if his has talked to Markus Wheaton to help pump him up:


“I have been around Markus long enough. Our lockers are right next to each other. Just encourage him, let him know we are here for him. He is going to be harder on himself than anybody else is. Don’t need to bring him down anymore, just keep building him up and letting him know I have faith and trust in him.”


On the importance of getting him back into the game:

“He was down pretty early. Just to get back out there was good for him and all of us. I fully expect him to bounce back and have a great week of practice.”


On if Eli Rogers can’t go what they will do in the slot:

“We have guys who are veteran guys, even (Darrius) Heyward-Bey, who can fill in that spot. It does stink to lose a guy that has been your predominantly slot receiver and has done some really good things and has grown, but we have other guys we feel can step in and fill the void and be ready to move on.”


On the importance of the receivers taking pride in knowing all of the positions:

“That is huge. I think that is awesome they have the confidence, we have it, I have it in them that they can fill in and jump into a spot and we don’t miss a beat.”


On if Le’Veon Bell is an option at slot:

“In a way yes. We are not going to put him at wide receiver and use DeAngelo (Williams) at running back. But we will, I think, have them both on the field and move them out of the backfield. We are not going to take RB off the front of his name and put WR, but I definitely think he is one of our best receivers.”


You can watch video of Ben’s interview here.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

September 27th, 2016 by

Recap courtesy of 98.7 The Fan and CBS Pittsburgh:

092716Coming off the teams 34-3 bludgeoning at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, Ben Roethlisberger joined the Cook and Poni Show for his weekly #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show.

Both the offense and the defense failed to get things going against the Eagles but Ben said “there’s no panic.”

“We just had some mistakes here and there,” Ben told us. “That was a good defense. They made us one dimensional…We watched the film, we spent a lot of time there yesterday going over it so that we can move on and put it past us. There’s no panic. I know that some fans and the media and stuff will probably have a little bit of panic, but we’re 2-1.”

Ben said a big reason why they’re not panicking is because of how the teams views the season overall.

“We break the season down into quarters, four, four game quarters. Right now we’re 2-1 in the first quarter. Our goal is to win the first quarter and we can go and get this next one against a really good Kansas City team at home and we’ll all be feeling a lot better.”

Despite getting beat as bad as they did, Ben said there is something they can take from a game like this as it can serve as a wake-up of sorts.

“Oh absolutely. We can look back on this and say, ‘Boy, remember when we got thumped in Philly against an NFC team and kind of had our tails between our legs as we walked out of that stadium?’ Absolutely that can help us…Maybe that’s the silver lining. Maybe it is something where you say, ‘Boy, maybe we’re not as good as we think we are’ or, maybe we are and we just got beat. It’s the NFL, anybody can win any given Sunday.

There were lots of questions surrounding Mike Tomlin leaving Ben in the game late when it was clearly out of hand and Ben was asked if he’d ever consider coming out of a game.

“Heck no, not in anything I do. I don’t have that bone in my body.” Ben said. “I’ve never quit. People ask me ‘Why do you try to extend the play?’ That’s me not quitting. I’m not quitting on a play. I’m not going to just go down and take a sack. I’ve never been around anybody that wears a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform that has had that mentality either.”

One of the biggest reasons for the poor performance on the offensive side of the ball was the three dropped passes, one in the endzone, by wide receiver Markus Wheaton who was playing in his first game of the season coming off a shoulder injury. Ben told us why he still has faith in one of the team’s top targets in the passing game.

“I know he took it hard…He had a couple of drops. It might have been nerves, getting back into it. Maybe not playing at 100%, just a little bit of everything. Like I said, he took it really hard and he’ll put extra work in this week at practice to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

One thing that should help the Steelers offense get back on track next week is the addition of Le’Veon Bell as he has served his full 3-game suspension and will make his return next week against the Chiefs.

“Any time that you get a guy that I consider one of the best running backs, best all around backs or weapons in the game back, it’s going to be huge. It takes some pressure off of D-Will (DeAngelo Williams) obviously, take some pressure off AB (Antonio Brown), because we’ll be able to move him around because he goes to becoming maybe the second best receiver we have.”


Ben also shared his memories of Arnold Palmer and the time he was fortunate enough to play a round of golf with the legend. You can listen to excerpts from his show here.


On the passing of Mr. Arnold Palmer

September 25th, 2016 by

I was blessed to have known and golfed with Mr. Palmer.

The world lost one of the best golfers, and an even more amazing man today! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

There is no doubt in my mind that he will have the first tee time tomorrow in heaven! — Ben.




Game 3: Steelers 3, Eagles 34

September 25th, 2016 by

“There’s a lot of thumb-pointing to go around. It starts with me. We win as a team, we lose as a team…we stunk. We all stunk.” — Ben


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


Before playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday…

September 24th, 2016 by

Ben was an Opening Ceremony guest at the United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog Trials today in Gloucester Township, NJ!


Honored to be an honorary member of the US Police Canine Association! — Ben.



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Posing with all the K9 handlers at the event. — Ben


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GloucesterTwpPolice ‏@GloTwpPolice
@_BigBen7 welcomes K9 Officers today for the 2016 USPCA National Patrol Dog Trials in @GloTwpPolice #GTPD


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So this just happened! Our K9 Team ran into @steelers @_BigBen7 Ben Roethlisberger at the K9 National Trials. Tks for supporting police k9s!


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Mayor Mayer and GTPD welcomed Ben Roethlisberger at the opening ceremony of the K9 trials #GTPD


This year’s event is hosted by the Gloucester Township, NJ Police Department (just eight miles east of Philadelphia), and runs from September 25th to the 30th. All events are open to the public from 8am until 2pm (approximate end time). Donations to the Camden County Animal Shelter will be accepted at gate.


You can get more info right here.


2nd foundation grant of the season goes to…

September 22nd, 2016 by

Today, Ben announced that the second grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund will be awarded to the Willingboro Township Police in New Jersey – just northeast of Philadelphia where the Steelers will play the Eagles this Sunday.

The Willingboro Township Police will use the grant funds to add a dual purpose (patrol and narcotics) K-9 to their unit.

“We extend our gratitude to Ben Roethlisberger and his foundation for donating funds to purchase a police K-9. This grant will allow the police department to enhance the service that it provides to the community by adding a new K-9 team on patrol. It is evident that Mr. Roethlisberger is a committed community partner, and we will be forever grateful for the support from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.” — Lieutenant Ian S. Bucs, Unit Supervisor, Willingboro Township Police Department.



foundationpledge4During the 2016 NFL season, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is 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. Ben invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs this past summer.

This marks the 10th season that Ben has distributed grants to K-9 units. His mission 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’s foundation also supports Make-A-Wish.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2015 NFL season, including $93,250 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.5 million since 2007.


Would you like to get involved?

Fans can support future K-9 grants by joining Ben’s crowdfunding campaign on https://pledgeit.org/big-ben. Ben is pledging $1,000 per throwing touchdown this season to his foundation. Supporters can increase the impact by pledging to donate any amount per touchdown.


For more information about his foundation or about The Giving Back Fund, please visit Ben’s foundation page or contact Charisse Browner at www.givingback.org.



And while we’re on the subject –

092216Before playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Ben is expected to make a stop at the United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog Trials on Saturday for their Opening Ceremony!

This year’s event will be hosted by the Gloucester Township, NJ Police Department (just eight miles east of Philadelphia), and runs from September 25th to the 30th. They are expecting 150 police K9 teams to participate in this year’s trials!

All events are open to the public from 8am until 2pm (approximate end time). Donations to the Camden County Animal Shelter will be accepted at gate


You can get more info on this amazing event right here.


Thank you Ben!

We are beyond amazed and grateful for the things that Ben does in the K9 community. My husband was a K-9 Deputy for 8 years in Florida, and he did 3 years and Iraq working with a bomb dog. We now own a kennel in Tennessee called Kilo 2 Working Dogs Kennels, where we sell police dogs. Our website is www.K9LifeClothing.com. Again, Ben is absolutely amazing and he holds a special place in our hearts for helping the K9 community. — Thank you so much, Jenny & Tim Rowand.



Just in case you missed Tuesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show”

September 21st, 2016 by

Jimmy Fallon: Who is the quarterback [for the Steelers]:

Sofia Vergara: “B…B…Ben…Big Ben….Big Ben Cheeseburger…..Rawburger. Big Ben!!”


Close enough!!




Ben responded to Sofia today with a little pronunciation assistance (video)!


Which Sofia clearly appreciated:

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Ben also spoke to the media today –


From Teresa Varley at Steelers.com:

082616_Preseason_Saints_MattFreed_240It will be a battle of the Pennsylvania undefeated teams this weekend when the Steelers and Eagles face off at Lincoln Financial Field.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger knows it’s going to be a battle, as the Eagles defense will present a huge challenge, especially up front.

“They are very good,” said Roethlisberger. “Fletcher (Cox) and the rest of those guys, they get speed on the outside getting around the edges and then Fletcher and the other guys get push up the middle. That is where it starts for them, getting pressure on the quarterback. Maybe not blitzing all of the time, but counting on those four, five, six man rushes to get it done.”

While the season is still young, the Eagles defense ranks fourth overall in the NFL and Roethlisberger can see why.

“They put you behind the chains,” said Roethlisberger. “First and second down, making you in second-and-long, third-and-long situations so then their zones, they can sit back and rush the passer. Then how good they are in the red zone, not allowing any points.”

The defense isn’t the only area where the Eagles are dangerous. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has come out of the gates strong, and is making the necessary adjustments a young quarterback needs to.

“The speed of everything that happens. Reading a defense, understanding your offense, all have to happen really fast,” said Roethlisberger. “I think he is doing a really good job of that now, just letting the game come to him. Not forcing it. You see him throwing balls away, not trying to make too many crazy throws down the field, and then using his legs when needed.

“He is a really smart guy, smart player, physically gifted. His preparation is very good.”

It wasn’t just the Eagles that Roethlisberger talked about, as having a healthy group of receivers back at his disposal with the return of Markus Wheaton is definitely a positive for the offense.

“(He is) a guy that has been here, knows the offense, good speed,” said Roethlisberger. “Someone I have trust and faith in as well.”

With Wheaton back, and having Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Eli Rogers, Roethlisberger has a good problem on his hands with such an arsenal.

“It’s competition,” said Roethlisberger. “If they can play well enough to keep the other guys off the field that should be their goal.”

One player who won’t be kept off the field is Brown. Even though he had only four receptions for 39 yards last week against the Bengals, he made contributions other ways and his numbers will definitely be on the rise.

“He is the best in the world,” said Roethlisberger. “We won the game, that is most important and I think that is most important to him too. He will get his catches. He will get his yards. He will help us win football games. He is helping us even when he is catching three or four balls because he is taking a lot of attention away from other guys. That is the reason the tight ends were open across the middle, because he is attracting two or three sets of eyes. He is helping us win even when he is not catching balls.”


A little more from Ben:

010516On if he was surprised the Browns passed on Carson Wentz:

“Yes. I thought he was AFC North all the way.”


On if the offense was made simpler for him when he was a rookie:

“I don’t know. I was blessed with a great defense, and you weren’t afraid to make mistakes because you knew they were either going to get the ball back for you, or stop them. (We had) A great running game with Jerome (Bettis), and Willie (Parker), and Duece (Staley) and those guys. They didn’t ask me to do too much, we didn’t ask our offense to do too much. I think (Bill) Cowher’s stats when leading at half time—I threw the ball three time in the second half so many times because we were leading. That’s just the team we were, the team we were dictated the offense, I think.”


On how he determined whether to wear a glove last week:

“I don’t like to wear it when it’s raining. I want to feel the ball with my own skin. Really windy or really cold, I’ll consider it. But for the most part, I’ve kind of gotten away from wearing one on my right hand.”


On the scramble when he connected with Coates last week:

“We try to practice things like that in practice, when I try to scramble, scramble drill-type of things. I thought he did a great job. There was no hesitation, I kind of pointed for him to go deep and he took off right away and made a great play. That’s some really good positive stuff you see from a young guy who hasn’t had a lot of experience and playing time with me.”


On how to keep a rhythm when the receivers are rotating:

“We rotate in practice. I’m throwing to every one of them every day, multiple times. For me, when they’re out there I should know who’s out there. It should just be a constant flow of whose going. I have faith in all them and they have faith in me that we can get it done.”


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

September 20th, 2016 by

“You guys know me, I could care less about records. The records I want to get are Super Bowls….I’ve said many times, I’d rather throw five interceptions and still win the game, than throw five touchdowns and lose. I think all of us need to keep that mindset, that winning is number 1.” — Ben, when asked about breaking NFL & team records.



From his weekly appearance on the Cook & Poni Show this afternoon:

092016Following his teams 24-16 AFC North victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined The Cook and Poni Show on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan for his weekly #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show.

Despite getting the win and starting the season 2-0, Ben said after watching the tape, he saw some mistakes the entire team could work on.

“You know, I thought that there were a lot of mistakes by all of us, little ones,” Ben said. “Nothing major, there weren’t a bunch of mistakes on one particular play.”

There was an expectation that the game between the two bitter rivals might turn ugly last week, to the point where the league put its officials on notice. Ben told us what it was like on the field between the two teams and how he feels today.

“You know what it felt like? It felt like a good AFC North football game. It was physical. I mean, I’m super sore today, a lot of us are sore. It was hard-fought. There was nothing cheap, there was nothing dirty that I saw…none of that.”

Despite getting the victory, it wasn’t a great statistical day for the Steelers offense and Ben was asked about how Antonio Brown feels after games like that as it has been speculated that he could have one of the best statistical seasons for a wide receiver in league history.

“AB’s going to get his catches, he’s going to get his yards because he’s the best in the business and we all know that. We just need AB not to get down if he has a game like this,” Ben said. “He knows he’s the best, we all know he’s the best…and he wants to break records, I mean records are meant to be broken. It’s awesome when you do it. It’s awesome when you help teammates break records but at the end of the day, I think AB just wants to win a championship.”

Things wrapped up with Ben as he looked ahead to next weeks matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, a place he has yet to record a victory.

Ben has only played in Philly once in his career and doesn’t have great memories of that game.

“I’m not a big ‘remembering games’ type guy, especially losses, but that’s one that I do remember vividly. I remember getting sacked 8 or 9 times. I remember driving home from the airport after that game and thinking to myself, ‘do I want to keep doing this? Do I really want to keep playing football.”


You can listen to excerpts from his show here.


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2016 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/12 @ Redskins Win: 38-16
9/18 Bengals Win: 24-16
9/25 @ Eagles Loss: 34-3
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