It may be cold and snowy now

January 14th, 2019 by

…but we’re looking ahead to warm weather, sunshine & Ben’s football camp in June!


Eileen Mess @Eimess76
Annual tradition continues!! Father’s Day with Ben and family!



That’s right, the Ben Roethlisberger Football ProCamp will be returning to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Fathers Day, June 16th!

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Robyn Freeh @rkfreeh
Thank you for an amazing experience!! This was Aiden’s first year at camp. He had an awesome time. @_BigBen7 @ProCamps



Campers will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with #7 himself.

And that’s not all!

Before the day ends, each camper will receive a souvenir autograph from BEN, have the opportunity to catch a pass from BEN, and receive a team photo with BEN.


“Thank You Ben for making Gabbys day! She has been a fan for many years and all shes ever wanted to do is meet you! THANKS AGAIN FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!” — Heather Troyer.



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As usual, Ben will be on-site to direct the event and will be joined by a selection of prep and college coaches from the area. The event is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. Proceeds benefit the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


Our little QB in the making had a BLAST today at Pro Camps!!! This was def an experience he’ll remember for a very long time!! Thank you Big Ben for being so amazing and for this amazing opportunity!! — Heather Zuzik.



A BIG SHOUT-OUT to our premier partners, #1 Cochran & Game On Mouthguards, media partners 97.3 The Fan and the 100.7 Star Pittsburgh. And of course, thank you to our event partners Citi, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, and Energice, Pizza Hut and of course, BigBen7.com.



Registration and more information is available at BenRoethlisbergerCamp.com.


You can see all the great photos from Ben’s past camps shared by parents & grandparents here.



Our first ‘Lil’ Fan Friday’ of the new year

January 11th, 2019 by

…and a what a beauty this Lil’ Fan is!


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Ariana had no choice but to be a Steelers fan. Her “NaNa Rose” wouldn’t have it any other way. I always joke that she’s the smartest baby in the world and speaks over 1,000 000 languages. Lol. But, Ariana’s parents are deaf and at six months old she was signing. She truly is an amazing baby. She’s always been a happy baby and makes her NaNa very happy too! Let’s go Steelers! — Submitted by her grandmother, NaNa Rose.




And speaking of Lil’ Fans:


You could say that he’s the doctor to the stars…Steelers stars, that is!


Our great friend Dr. Ronald Cypher not only delivers great photos of the Roethlisberger family, but he also delivered Benjamin Jr. in 2012, Baylee in 2014 and Bodie in 2016.


But he sure had his hands full earlier this month delivering two more baby Steelers in the same weekend!


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Jett Arman Haden was born on January 4th, and Lyon Carter Shazier was born on January 6th!


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Congratulations to Joe and Sarah Haden and to Ryan Shazier & his fiancee Michelle Rodriguez on the birth of their beautiful ones! (And thank you to Dr. Cypher & the West Penn Hospital – Pittsburgh for sharing the photos!)


Have a great weekend, Steeler Nation!


“Ben Roethlisberger’s extension hinges on bringing back Maurkice Pouncey first”

January 7th, 2019 by

He’s a guy my career hinges on because he means that much to me…as long as he’s around, I’ll be around.— Ben.



From Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

PounceyESPN reported Saturday the Steelers will try to restructure and extend Roethlisberger’s contract. That’s not exactly shocking news.

He has one year left on his current deal. He is 36 but still playing at high level and led the NFL in passing yards this season. Quarterbacks are playing into their 40s these days. The Steelers know they need Roethlisberger to win. He said he wants to play “for as long as they’ll have me.”

But there’s a little more to the Roethlisberger story than just signing him to an extension.

“They can come to me tomorrow and say we want to get your deal done. I’ll say, ‘Get Pouncey done first.’ That’s only because I want to make sure he’ll be here.”

Pouncey also will be entering the final year of his contract next season and is due for an extension this upcoming offseason.

“No offense to anyone else, but I don’t want to play with another center,” Roethlisberger said. “I voted for him for MVP. I couldn’t do anything without him.”

The good news is Pouncey has no plans to retire. He just finished his ninth NFL season but still is 29. He was voted second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press, the only Steelers player to be honored.

Pouncey and Roethlisberger have been teammates since Pouncey’s rookie year in 2010. The Steelers current offensive line has been together, for the most part, for four seasons, although it could lose Ramon Foster, who is a free agent and on the wrong side of 30, and Marcus Gilbert, who has started just 13 of the past 32 regular-season games because of suspension and injury. It also could lose line coach Mike Munchak to a head-coaching gig.

“I’ve been spoiled to have that same group,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t think that happens very often in the NFL. I think I’m the luckiest quarterback in the league. I think they’re the best in the business. They are the engine that drives this team. It’s so much fun to play with them. I pray that we can keep them all together. That whole room is special.”


You can read the rest here.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

January 1st, 2019 by

Highlights from Ben’s final show of the season on 93.7 The Fan:


Ben on the “AB story” –

“He is such an incredible talent and I’ve been blessed to have him as my teammate and truly a good friend, one of my better friends on the team….That’s the kind of baffling thing to me is people are making a big deal about a walk-through on Wednesday, that there was a blow up, a fight between he and I, I don’t know anything about that…If there was a blowup or something I should as heck didn’t see it. This big deal was made about that, and I’m not really sure where that comes from. I talked to AB on Thursday morning – because after the walk through AB left on Wednesday. And on Thursday morning I talked to AB and everything was great and fine and then this story just keeps growing. So like I said, I consider him to be one of my closest friends on the team, so I’m not really sure where some of this blowup is coming from.”



When asked about “other teammates” complaining about the situation to the media –

“I think we’re frustrated because we want AB to play because he makes us all better. He had an amazing season this year, and like I said, he makes me who I am, so it makes all of us better. So it’s really, I think communication is the biggest thing for a lot of us.”



Asked if it will be “interesting” moving forward with the AB story –

“It is. And I’m obviously not the, I’m not the coach, or the owner. So I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Like I said, I love Antonio and I wish him nothing but the best and I hope he’s back here with me. Because he makes me better.”



Ben on whether it bothered him that he was not voted as team MVP –

“No, not at all. I voted for Pouncey. But I think JuJu is very deserving. I think there were a handful of guys that were deserving of the award – T.J. Watt, JuJu, AB…I always think the line is the most valuable group, but maybe I’m biased (laughs). I think James Connor did some great things. To me being a captain is a higher honor. And I think to say someone else should of gotten it takes away fom JuJu – I think JuJu earned it, he did a lot of great things for us!”



On Mike Munchak interviewing for head coaching positions –

“I pray and hope we can keep him. I try and tease Munch all the time about staying and this, that and the other. I just hope like last year, like I said, that we can keep him. But you got to understand that he’s got to do what’s best for him and his family.”



On how he feels about the team’s future –

“The linemen keep me healthy, I feel like my best football is ahead of me. We have a good group of guys, I love what the young guys did this season. I went into the wide receivers’ room yesterday and said something to each guy, to tell them how proud I was of them. I went to every room.”



On leading the lead in passing yards –

“The one and only thing that matters to me is winning. We won a passing title, not me, we won the passing title. That’s everybody – that’s wide receivers, that’s tight ends, that’s running backs, that’s the line, that’s everybody – that’s an awesome accomplishment for us as as a group, and that’s Coach Randy.”



On Ben’s future with the team –

“If they want to have me, I’d love to be here.”



You can listen to his full show here.


Week 17: Bengals 13, Steelers 16

December 30th, 2018 by

The Steelers won their last game of the regular season, but sadly, did not make the playoffs.

“I’m trying not to reflect right now, but it’s hard not to. But I think the biggest thing, I just got done seeing my linemen, so I think pride in my guys, pride in guys that stepped up today that had to move around in different positions…like James Washington! His big catch along the sideline – the big play that he had – was the exact same call that he missed in Denver. The exact same call. We’re standing on the sideline with Randy Fichtner and he said, ‘Who do you want, JuJu or James?’, and I said, ‘I want James.’ He came in the huddle and I said, ‘Hey, we’re going to do the same play we did in Denver and I want you to make the play’. And he did! And to me that’s just…I’m so proud of him!” — Ben, during his post-game press conference.



From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

123018_1The Steelers did what they needed to do on Sunday, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 16-13, at Heinz Field.

After the Steelers won, Heinz Field remained packed, including players from both teams on the field watching the end of the Browns-Ravens game on the scoreboard, an emotional rollercoaster of big plays by the Browns at the end but it wouldn’t be enough as a Baker Mayfield interception on fourth down ended it all.

Ben Roethlisberger, who finished the season with 5,129 passing yards and became just the seventh quarterback in NFL history to record 5,000 passing yards in a season, was disappointed after the game but also had pride in the job his teammates did.

The defense was dominant all day, holding Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel to just 95 yards passing and sacking him four times, while allowing just 125 yards on the ground, most of that coming in a 51-yard run by Joe Mixon.

Matt McCrane, who was signed on Friday after Chris Boswell was placed on injured reserve, hit three field goals, including the game-winner from 35 yards out.


You can read Ms. Varley’s full recap of the game here.


Now Ben doesn’t like me to post about his personal milestones, but I’m doing it anyway:

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“I’ve got one year left on my contract, as long as Maurkice Pouncey is back, I’ll be back!” — Ben, when asked if he will return for the 2019 season.


Congratulations to you Big Ben! We’re happy you’ll be under center again in 2019!


It’s a Steeler Nation Saturday

December 29th, 2018 by

…with Christmas wishes for Ben and his family from across the Nation and around the World!

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ❤️ n best wishes from Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿.” — Lynn Leckie.


Merry Christmas to your cute kids from Brazil!” — Isadora Bastos.


“God Bless you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing those special moments in your life with us. We love watching you lead your team. Go Steelers from Sea Isle City, NJ!” — Donna Gibson.


“Thank you for sharing your beautiful family! Merry Christmas from Winnipeg, Canada!” — Rachel Moore.


“Merry Christmas Big Ben and family, from your biggest fan from North Dakota!” — Jesse Bohara.


“Good looking family Ben. I’m from Pittsburgh, but I live in Santa Monica. I wish you the best on Sunday. I support you guys 100 percent! God bless! — Diane Landau.


“Merry Christmas, A Hug for you and your family, from MONTERREY, Mexico.” — Carlos De La Garza.


“Beautiful family! Continue to be blessed, from South Florida.” — Teri Harris Reid.



How was your Christmas? It was pretty Steelerific for these fans, even the youngest ones:


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Bakedbykatie @Godsgirl227
@_BigBen7 This little guy is 5 months old and already knows what he likes, and he likes Big Ben!!!


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ColonelAngus @JackFlash72
Replying to @_BigBen7 @JamesConner_ Same helmet as Ben Jr. different jersey tho…😂

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Porkroll King @JasonDow
This guys wants to be a future @steelers so bad, this is his @_BigBen7 uniform and he said now he wants an @AB84 and @JamesConner_ lol not bad for a 5 year old #HereWeGo


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Jenny Sydenstricker @JennySydenstric
@_BigBen7 we got your back. Let’s go!!


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David Obregon @Djobregon
Replying to @_BigBen7 @JamesConner_ Getting the next generation ready!


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Heather L Hagenmaier @Heather_Lynn25
Hey @_BigBen7 my Grandpa says I’m a Steelers fan what do you think?!


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Sarah Moen @moensarah
Replying to @_BigBen7 @JamesConner_ We had a similar request in this house.

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Amanda Rose @artoodeee2
@_BigBen7 my mom got an autographed football for Christmas! I don’t know how I’m gonna outdo that!


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Robert Greco @RobertRgreco21
@_BigBen7 you know what it is!!

“Merry Christmas from Charleston SC. My husband surprised me with a beautiful framed photo of you!” — Lisa Smith Stine.


“Merry Christmas to you and your family from a Steelers fan in Utah! — Edwin Embry.


“Merry Christmas from Wisconsin.” — Ray Scott Papapetru.


“Aloha, Ben…Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou from the McClellan Ohana to your Ohana, Mahalo!” — Archie McClellan.


“Merry Christmas from Waterford Wisconsin.” — Sandra Zimmer.


“Merry Christmas from Lebanon Tennessee!! — Tammy Renee Brown.


“See ya on Sunday! Coming in HOT from Whitefish, Montana! — Tony Veseth.


“Merry Christmas from the Ward’s in Missouri.” — Joe Ward.


“Merry Christmas from New Mexico. Forever Black & Gold faithful here. You have no idea how much I LOVE STEE7ERS football.” — Brons Wood.



Sharing our Christmas with you!

December 25th, 2018 by

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Cookies and carrots are ready for Santa and his reindeer!


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Papa Bear and his Lil’ Bears.


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Two bear-y cute ladies waiting for Santa!


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Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas, and everyone remembers the real reason for the season, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. — Ben, Ashley, Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.



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And on Christmas morning…look what Santa brought Benjamin Jr….exactly what he asked for!



The Ben Roethlisberger Show

December 24th, 2018 by

“I have every intention of playing next year. But I don’t want to even think about next season until this season is over.” — Ben.



122418Ben’s show was moved to this morning at 11am because tomorrow is Christmas Day. Recap provided by 93.7 The Fan:

The Steelers season could be shortened after a 31-28 loss in New Orleans on Sunday – which could mean no playoffs as they now are on the outside looking in. But Ben is not counting out a Christmas Miracle.

He thought one might come at the end of the game yesterday when they were driving down the field late.

“You love having the ball in your hands trying to win a football game. It’s unfortunate how it ended but proud of the way the guys fought to the end.”



The way it ended was a fumble from Juju Smith-Schuster that ended any chance the Steelers had for a miracle come from behind win on the last drive, Ben shared some of the things he discussed with JuJu after the game saying if he plays this game long enough he will have many more chances of making winning plays and some more disappointments.

“I told him I was proud of him. He is one of the main reasons we had a chance to win that game…I was heartbroken for him.”



The loss really hurts the Steelers chances of making the playoffs….They will need a win and help. But Ben is not giving up hope.

“We have to take care of our own business. Nothing happens for us if we don’t win on Sunday.”



It also doesn’t mean the Steelers are in the playoffs by just winning either…they will need help and it must come form the Cleveland Browns who will need to beat Baltimore or a Steelers win and Tennessee/ Indianapolis tie.

Both games have been flexed by the league to 4:25 pm, but that doesn’t mean the Steelers players won’t see what is going on the scoreboard.

“We’ve been here before. We have had situations where we need a team to win, need a team to lose things like that so you’re gonna have people cheering and booing whatever it is so it’s gonna be hard not to at least see or know what is going on or hear it but, like I said, the focus has to be on Cincinnati.”



You can listen to Ben’s full show here.


Merry Christmas Eve, Steeler Nation! Praying you have a Blessed Holiday!


Week 16: Steelers 28, Saints 31

December 23rd, 2018 by

“The story’s not written yet. I told the guys in there, ‘Listen, it’s not over yet. This chapter of the story is not done.’ We don’t control it, but let’s see what happens.” — Ben, during his post-game press conference.





From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

122318The Steelers will need to win on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field (4:25 p.m. kickoff) and the Cleveland Browns will have to beat the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium for the Steelers to make the postseason.

“We weren’t able to get the necessary stop when we needed it on defense,” said Tomlin. “I chose to go for a fake punt and we were unsuccessful there. I take responsibility for that. I just wanted to be aggressive. I wanted to ensure we had the opportunity to win the game. I thought we had the chance to get it. I thought if we did not stop them we would have the opportunity to have the ball last. Which we did. Unsuccessful nonetheless.”

The loss masked a strong performance by Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 33 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns and Antonio Brown, who had 14 receptions for 185 yards and two yards.


You can read Ms. Varley’s full recap here.




From Jeremy Fowler, ESPN.com:

122318_1The Steelers would be dangerous in these playoffs. But a Week 1 tie in Cleveland and a Week 14 loss in Oakland probably put their playoff hopes to bed. Now they need Baker Mayfield’s magic in a Week 17 game at Baltimore to force the Ravens into relinquishing the divisional lead.

The game won’t be without controversy. In a game this close, the image of Joe Haden gently patting Alvin Kamara on the back in coverage of a first-quarter pass that neither had a chance at catching will fume Steelers fans for days. Haden’s penalty, a highly questionable call at best, turned a would-be stop on fourth-and-2 into a 33-yard penalty to the Saints’ 1-yard line, which Mark Ingram converted into a rushing score.

On offense, Pittsburgh turned to the two players who have won clutch games for the team many times before — Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger, who dazzled in the second half as Pittsburgh went to an near-all-passing attack.

Roethlisberger was near-flawless with 380 yards on 33-of-50 passing and three touchdowns, and Brown continued to spin around Marcus Lattimore for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 14 catches.

Between the second and third quarters, the Steelers’ offense broke off scoring drives of 97, 75 and 66 yards with only five rushing attempts, none in the third quarter.

In what might be his throw of the season, Roethlisberger split two defenders with a back-of-the-end-zone dart to a streaking Brown late in the third quarter.

And the game had tilted Pittsburgh’s way when linebacker L.J. Fort blocked New Orleans’ field goal attempt with 6:13 left to protect a 28-24 lead. The Saints were moving the ball swiftly, but Pittsburgh locked up inside the 40. The Steelers got three impressive second-half stops on one of the game’s best offenses.

It wasn’t enough.


You can read more from Mr. Fowler’s blog here.




Just in time for Christmas…

December 20th, 2018 by

Today, Ben announced the ninth grant award of the 2018 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

FoundationHis Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Kenner Police Department, west of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome where the Steelers will play the New Orleans Saints this Sunday, December 23th.

The Kenner Police Department plans to use the funds to purchase much needed training and safety equipment for their three-dog K-9 unit.

“With this generous grant, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will significantly assist and enhance the Kenner Police K-9 Unit’s ability in helping investigate and solve crimes while saving lives and making the City of Kenner a great place to live, work, and raise families. The Kenner Police Department appreciates and salutes the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation with its generous support of our two-legged and four-legged K-9 Officers who are invaluable in protecting our every day.” — Kenner Chief of Police Michael J. Glaser.



In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “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.”

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 percent of the purchase price to Ben’s foundation.

You can also donate directly here.


If you’d like more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation you can check out his foundation page here. For more detailed information, please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.


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2018 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/09 @ Browns Tie: 21-21
9/16 Chiefs Loss: 42-37
9/24 @ Buccaneers Win: 30-27
9/30 Ravens Loss: 26-14
10/7 Falcons Win: 41-17
10/14 @ Bengals Win: 28-21
10/21 BYE N/A
10/28 Browns Win: 33-18
11/4 @ Ravens Win: 23-16
11/8 Panthers Win: 52-21
11/18 Jaguars Win: 20-16
11/25 @ Broncos Loss: 24-17
12/2 Chargers Loss: 30-33
12/9 @ Raiders Loss: 24-21
12/16 Patriots Win: 17-10
12/23 @ Saints Loss: 31-28
12/30 Bengals Win: 16-13