The Ben Roethlisberger Radio Show

November 24th, 2015 by

Just in case you missed today’s show, here’s a recap courtesy of 93.7 The Fan:

112415Ben joined The Cook and Poni Show on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan for the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show as he does every Tuesday morning at 11 am during the Steelers season.

The Steelers, at 6-4 are coming off their bye week. They will return to action Sunday in Seattle to face the Seahawks at 4:25 pm.

Being well rested coming off the bye, Ben talked about his health and said he’s not quite at 100%.

“As healthy as you can be this time of year,” Ben said in describing himself. “The foot is getting better, the knee feels good, you know it will take an offseason probably to get 100% but I feel well enough to hopefully play some good football.”

While Ben may not be 100%, he’s at least still playing, and that’s more than you can say for Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco as he suffered a season ending knee injury this past week. This is the first time in Flacco’s career that he will miss a game and Ben gave us his thoughts on that run coming to an end.

“When you talk about guys that haven’t missed a game, you can say what you want about that person being tough, and it definitely is toughness, but you have to be lucky…There’s some of the toughest guys that have ever played the game have missed games, so you definitely have to get lucky.”

Looking ahead to their first game back coming off the bye, Ben talked about going into Seattle and dealing with their rowdy fans, The 12th Man.

“It’s the last stadium I haven’t played in and heard a lot of amazing stories about Seattle and their fans and how loud it is there, so excited to go up there and play a great football team,” Roethlisberger told us.

When looking specifically at the Seahawks fans, Ben talked about how loud they can be, but adds that he’s not so sure you won’t see some Terrible Towels in the stands.

“That’s all I’ve heard is it’s the loudest place,” Ben said. “I’m excited, I know their fans are passionate. I’ll be interested to see how many Steelers fans, if there’s any Terrible Towels up there, I know that every place that I’ve gone to date there’s been tons, so it will be interesting to see how many, I know there will be some, but how many will be up there.”

Getting past the impact of the fans, Ben talked about the 5-5 Seahawks on the field and how tough that defense still is to play against and what they’re expecting from them.

“Physical, get up, get their hands on us,” Ben told us. “Obviously we know about their secondary but their pass rush really gets after it. Their front seven is as good as it gets as well and they’re going to get after it. Another big challenge for our O-line especially being that we’ll have to use the silent count, so that’s advantage them and their pass rush.”

It will certainly be tough sledding this week as the Steelers will be facing the second stingiest defense in the league in terms of yards per game, but Ben says he’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m excited. I’m excited for, like I said, the atmosphere that I’ve heard so much about, you see it on TV, you hear it. I assume that they’re over the Super Bowl from ’05, but maybe not, so maybe there’s still going to be some hard feelings, I don’t know.”

You can listen to Ben’s show right here.

The Birthday Boy has a song of his own

November 23rd, 2015 by

….for “Miss Erin” and he wants to share it.

Yes, Benjamin Jr, who turned 3 this past weekend, wanted to wish his website manager (who also works for his dad) a “Happy Birthday” as well.

So, with his little sister Baylee by his side – who is not quite ready to be a back-up singer just yet – and without further ado….

Benjamin Jr’s serenade:

Best birthday gift ever!! Thank you Benjamin Jr. & Baylee!

Happy Birthday Benjamin Jr.!!

November 21st, 2015 by

Yippee!!! Look who’s 3!!!

I sure had a crazy-busy time since my last birthday: picking out a Christmas tree, Baylee’s first Christmas, hanging out with Aunt Carlee, going to see Sesame Street Live with Mom and Dad, and sitting still long enough for my first hair cut…and that was just during the winter months!

Spring was all about being with my family at the beach, then it was Dad’s football camp and golf tournament in June, going to Idlewild Park with Baylee and my cousins in August, rootin’ for the Steelers and having lots of fun at a carnival in September…oh, and all that waving to my many fans while showing off my moves on stage at the Steelers Fashion Show. And finally, a GREAT time on Halloween with Baylee and Hercules!

Oh gosh! I almost forgot! I also learned the months of the year this year!

Whew! I can only imagine how busy THIS year is going to be now that I’m 3!! I hope you’ll be along for the ride once again, Steeler Nation! – Benjamin, Jr.

“Ben Roethlisberger and 9-year-old cancer survivor bond over cleats”

November 18th, 2015 by

From Jeremy Fowler, at

111815Carson Boyle is such a Ben Roethlisberger fanatic that he once designed a “Ben Roethlisturkey” for a school holiday arts and crafts project. He collected football cards and scouted the Pittsburgh Steelers while other kids played in the snow.

Fittingly, when he got his hands on a set of signed Roethlisberger cleats last week, the 9-year-old protected them like a left tackle.

“He wouldn’t let hotel room service in our room,” said Jennifer Boyle, Carson’s mother.

The Boyle family, from Minersville, Pennsylvania, visited the Steelers last week thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last November, Carson was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. After several surgeries, Carson has been cancer-free since January, but for a few more years, there’s a one-in-three chance the cancer will surface in his lymph nodes.

Carson’s wish was obvious to those who know him — meet Roethlisberger. So a limo transported the Boyles to the Steelers facility, where they met the coaches and players. They spent about 20 minutes with Roethlisberger, who had signed cleats waiting for Carson.

“To Carson, there’s nothing bigger than meeting him and getting something autographed,” Jennifer said. “He literally couldn’t even speak. He was speechless. The look on his face, he was just in total amazement that he was there. [Ben] was really, really nice.”

Carson did muster the courage to ask a few questions about Roethlisberger’s favorite team growing up (49ers) and his favorite player (Jerry Rice). Roethlisberger signed autographs for Carson’s brothers, too.

111815_1Running back DeAngelo Williams also stopped to talk with Carson for a while. Make-A-Wish had told the Boyles that Williams — an outspoken breast cancer awareness advocate — was great with kids.

“He spent probably as much time as Ben Roethlisberger,” Jennifer said. “Carson was shy, so he said, ‘Well, let me ask you some questions?’ Carson definitely started to warm up after that.”

After a rough few months of treatment, Carson is healthy and living happily, especially after this weekend, which included tickets to the Steelers-Browns game.

“He said this was kind of like a storybook — it had a really rough beginning and a really happy ending,” Jennifer said.

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

Congratulations to Ben!!

November 18th, 2015 by

From today:

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 10 performance, it was announced today.

Roethlisberger completed 22-of-33 passes for 379 yards with three touchdowns for a passer rating of 123.2, after entering the game in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns due to an injury to Landry Jones. Roethlisberger’s 379 passing yards set a single-game NFL record for the most passing yards by a quarterback that did not start the game.

It marked his 41st career 300-yard game during the regular season and the 32nd time he tossed at least three touchdowns in a regular-season contest. Roethlisberger has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 36 straight home games, the second-longest streak among active players and the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. His three passing touchdowns also tied him for the 14th-most passing touchdowns in league history.

This marks the 13th time Roethlisberger has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and the second time of the 2015 season (Week 2).

The Ben Roethlisberger Show

November 17th, 2015 by

Ben shared the airwaves once again with the Cook & Poni Show for his weekly show, which was pushed back to 1pm this afternoon from it’s regular 11am time because of a morning practice.

Recap, courtesy of 93.7 The Fan:

111715What was the plan going into Sunday’s game – was he expecting to play?

“I talked to coach on Saturday and he basically said, ‘if we can rest you, we’re going to rest you. If you feel comfortable, I feel comfortable with you being the number two in case of emergency.’ Obviously seven plays into the game, there was an emergency.”

How does the injured foot feel after playing the majority of Sunday’s game against the Browns?

“It’s definitely a sore Monday and Tuesday, the adrenaline wears off. No setbacks, just typical game soreness.”

Will he be ready to take on the Seattle Seahawks after the bye?


On working with Antonio Brown and their chemistry together -

“He is special. It’s not always the prettiest thing and that’s something that I harp on him about a lot. No improvising until I improvise. Be on your details, be on your P’s and Q’s and I need to know exactly where you’re going to be every single time. And like I said, I stay on him about it because he’s not always perfect, but the thing is that even when he’s not perfect or I’m not perfect we still seem to make things happen and it’s a credit to our chemistry. We work together a lot. We talk a lot and when he’s on his P’s and Q’s and he’s in the spot he’s supposed to be, there’s so much trust.”

That front flip into the endzone -

“You know, he gets caught up in the moment. I said listen, ‘if you get hurt, was it worth it? Whether it’s career ending or season ending, was it worth it?’ And he is so apologetic about it. He’s like, ‘No, I’m so sorry.’ I told him, “AB, that was probably one of the most athletic things I’ve ever seen anybody do…that was so impressive, don’t ever do it again.”

You can listen to more from Ben’s show here.

Week 10: Steelers 30, Browns 9

November 15th, 2015 by

“You have to be ready when your number’s called.” – Ben

“All he needed was the phone booth and a cape.”– Ramon Foster on Ben’s performance.

“I drink a lot of milk!” – Ben, on his quick recovery.

From Bob Labriola,

111515He wasn’t supposed to play, but Ben Roethlisberger saved the day for the Steelers.

For Clark Kent, it was the telephone booth, and when he emerged from it after changing clothes, he became Superman and was ready to save the day. For Ben Roethlisberger, it was nothing quite so dramatic, and there was no change of clothes required. The process simply involved exchanging a baseball cap for his helmet, and then the short trip from the sideline to the huddle was all that was required to go about the business of saving the day for the Steelers.

Just one week after spraining his foot in a victory over Oakland, Roethlisberger had healed sufficiently to participate in enough practice sessions during the week to earn the status as the backup quarterback to the game’s starter, Landry Jones, with Mike Vick being inactive. Roethlisberger as the backup didn’t last very long, because eight offensive snaps into the game, Jones sprained an ankle and turned things over to Superm … er, Roethlisberger.

From there it was pretty smooth sailing to a 30-9 victory over the Browns that raised the Steelers’ record to 6-4, with Roethlisberger completing 22-of-33 for 379 yards, with three touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 123.2. There also were four pass interference penalties called on the Browns that gained another 141 yards, and so Roethlisberger’s impact on the Steelers passing attack was in the neighborhood of 520 yards.

Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

You can read more here.

And from Jeremy Fowler at

111515_1Ben Roethlisberger notched a career milestone that even the ambitious quarterback couldn’t have expected.

After passing for 379 yards in the Steelers’ 30-9 victory Sunday over the Browns, Roethlisberger now owns the NFL’s best regular-season quarterback relief performance, eclipsing Wade Wilson’s 374 yards from 1990.

“I kinda surprised myself,” said Roethlisberger, who entered the game on the third series after starter Landry Jones limped off the field with a left ankle injury. “My foot was basically black and blue [early in the week].”

Roethlisberger, the team’s regular starter, was not expected to play because of a midfoot sprain suffered last week. But as soon as Jones went down after a third-down pass in the red zone, Roethlisberger jogged to the sideline, grabbed a football and started warming up. He put on his helmet shortly after that and took the field with 8:06 left in the first quarter, which prompted a roar from the Heinz Field crowd.

Roethlisberger had 286 passing yards in the first half against the Browns, the second-most in any first half in his career.

After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin praised Roethlisberger’s effort “on little to no reps of preparation” in practices. Jones performed most of the quarterback duties at Friday’s practice.

After the game, Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward called Roethlisberger a “heckuva guy.”

“When we needed him, he stepped up,” Heyward said. “I wouldn’t have had any other quarterback out there.”

You can read more here.

You can watch the video of Ben’s post-game press conference here.

You can see more photos here.

Steeler Nation, these two members need cheers (and your prayers) too:

Kathy Rivera, from Corona, CA rests in a hospital bed during a long struggle with cancer. She is a fighter though, and is always faithful to her favorite team and her quarterback, both are as tough as nails!

Lil’ fan Colt Wieland was born two months premature, and as he gets stronger, he is already cheering for his Steelers and Big Ben!

Fridays in November have been about making wishes come true!

November 13th, 2015 by

On Friday, November 7th:

Make-A-Wish GPA & WV ‏@MakeAWishPAWV
10 y/o Andrew is having a pretty great Friday.Thanks @Steelers @_BigBen7 @AntonioBrown84 & Heeeaaaaaath!

And on Friday, November 13th:

Teresa Varley ‏@Teresa_Varley
Carson just had his wish come true thanks to @_BigBen7 @CoachTomlin and @MakeAWishPAWV #Steelers

Q&A with Ben after Thursday’s practice

November 12th, 2015 by

From Teresa Varley at

111215_1Shockingly it wasn’t the first question Ben Roethlisberger was asked during his media availability on Thursday, but fear not it was the second one.

Is playing on Sunday still a possibility?

“I hope so,” said Roethlisberger. “We’re going to try some different insoles, not necessarily shoes, but plates and things under there,” said Roethlisberger. “We’re going to try some stuff out today.”

Roethlisberger didn’t practice on Wednesday, but his plan to return to the practice field on Thursday played out, even if he was listed as a limited participant.

He knows Coach Mike Tomlin’s rule is if you don’t practice, you don’t play, but he is hoping in his case there will be some leeway if he is feeling good enough to play and gets at least some work in.

More from Ben:

On there being a concern for his stride when he throws:

“Well, I’ve already got a left knee and everything, it’s just the whole left leg. But, no. If I can’t do that, there’s no need to be out there.”

On if having the bye week is a silver lining if he can’t play this week:

“Yes. It obviously helps to have the bye week. But, my goal is to always get better as fast as possible, if possible. If I’m feeling good enough and if coach determines I’m doing well enough to be out there on Sunday, then that’s the goal.”

On if were you concerned it was something more than a sprain:

“Yes. I kind of sat there for a second and I went to get up, got help getting up, and I went to take a step. It felt like the middle of my foot was just broke in half. That’s when the doctor thought it could be, he was convinced it was a Lisfranc and that was kind of scary. But, we were blessed when we got back to the x-rays and saw it wasn’t that.”

You can read more & watch video of Ben’s Q&A here.

Saluting our Military!

November 11th, 2015 by

Our Veterans Day spotlight this year is on SSG Justin Hough, SPC Josh Blankenship and the 863rd Military Police Company, West Virginia Army National Guard out of Glen Jean, WV.

Representing Steeler Nation and supporting the boys in Black & Gold from Camp America in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

SSG Justin Hough and SPC Josh Blankenship, WV Army National Guardsmen out of the 863rd Military Police Company were deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2014 to April 2015. They worked long hours in support of their mission, but according to SSG Hough, “Those wonderful months of August thru January didn’t phase us, because we knew we’d be able to root for our team.”

This photo was taken at Fort Bliss, Texas after the Company returned from their deployment in Cuba:


“Members of the Armed Forces are a resilient bunch, and they can’t think of a team that best represents a long-standing tradition of being a resilient group than the boys from the Steel City, the Pittsburgh Steelers.” – SSG Justin Hough.

Justin & his lovely wife Jennifer at the Company’s Homecoming Yellow Ribbon Dinner:


“God Bless this great Nation, the Armed Forces of the United States, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thanks for all you do Ben!” – SSG Justin Hough and SPC Josh Blankenship & 863rd Military Police Company.

On this Veterans’ Day, the 863rd would like to thank all the past and present heroes, the “one-percenters” who have chosen to serve this great nation. They wish to send their thoughts and prayers to those still serving abroad and to their families. Thanks for your continued sacrifice and support.

And we want to thank the 863rd, as well as all of our servicemen & women! God bless you!

Also on this Veterans Day:

Play Santa for our troops this holiday season!

Shop the USO Wishbook!

The gifts you purchase from the USO Wishbook allow you to recognize a special occasion while directly benefiting troops and their families. You can send everything from a “comfort food” package to a good book to comfortable chairs!

You can learn more here.

And let us not forget…

“National Wreaths Across America day is Saturday, December 12 and there are over 1,200 participating cemeteries that will be having wreath laying ceremonies, as well as Arlington. We are always looking for wreath sponsorships and our ultimate goal, as an organization, is to be able to one day place a wreath on every veterans grave.” – Renee Worcester, Wreaths Across America.

What is Wreaths Across America?

wreathsacrossamerica_montageFrom their website:

“Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

“This week of events is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events. We receive no government funding. The cost of our programs is paid by individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truckers.”

Below are just a few of the many Facebook comments left by Steeler Nation on the site’s Facebook page about volunteering for, donating to, and thanking this wonderful organization:

“This is what true Americans do!” – Laurie E. Bowser

“There was a wreath placed at my grandpa’s grave today at the National Cemetary of the Alleghenies in Pittsburgh.” – Jillian Fecich

“This company is from here in Maine. I was fortunate enough to meet with some of the drivers as they started their journey. There were 23 trucks that were in the WAA convoy. One special trailer had a 6 foot wreath going to the Statue of Liberty. All volunteers. Wonderful people here in Maine.” – Janice Albright

“My brother-in-law and mother-in-law are there helping with wreaths!” – Greg Delbart

“We donated to this cause. It is a wonderful thing.” – Joy Cook

“I was at Arlington National Cemetery as a volunteer today to help lay the wreaths.” – Jill Schnell


“We sponsor several wreaths each year wonderful cause I believe in.” – Vanessa Lucas

“My son was blessed to be chosen to place a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The pictures and video are a lasting memory of an honor he will never forget! Unfortunately,I have to say his name is Brady because Ben wasn’t a Pro player yet. Go Steelers!” – Cheryl Bowman Stallings-Moore

“That’s AWESOME, LOVING, and SUPPORTIVE. Thank you!” – Rebecca Shaw

“Thanks to everyone who made this possible!” – Carol Hackett

“God Bless this group!!” – Peggy Ricards

“I say thank you & do make a contribution. My husband is buried in Arlington & I live in South Georgia. I can’t make it to Arlington every year at the holiday, so this is a great program. Please support it if you can & thank you Big Ben for putting this out there.” – Sharon Vennelwieber

“Thanks for all of u who took part in this may God bless u all!” – Cherryl Matthews-Broadwater

“My cousin’s daughter and her husband were 2 of those placing the wreaths.” – Jan Zella

“Beautiful – goose bumps though. God bless America and our veterans!” – Karma N. Austin

“Happy to do it every year with the Cub Scouts from Pack 789 (Dunkirk, MD). By the way, I wore my Steelers gloves while placing the wreaths!” – Kevin Shaver

“What a beautiful thing to do. Never to be forgotten.” – Dorothy Heywood

“I say thank you & do make a contribution. My husband is buried in Arlington & I live in South Georgia. I can’t make it to Arlington every year at the holiday, so this is a great program. Please support it if you can & thank you Big Ben for putting this out there.” – Sharon Vennelwieber

If you would like to sponsor wreaths to be placed on the veterans’ graves this December, now is the time!

You can also participate in the Wreaths Across America Day which is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th!

To donate and to learn how you can take part in this wonderful organization, click here.

And we can’t forget a shout-out to our favorite lil’ Marine, Miles Worcester!

Left: Six year old Miles giving his best salute during a bike rally in Maine, where Wreaths Across America was born. Right: Miles showing us that he is also “Steelers Strong”!

Miles has been involved in Wreaths Across America since birth. Being the grandson of WAA founder Morrill Worcester, Miles has been brought up to honor and respect the military and their families. Miles uncle is a Major in the Marines and Miles has always had a special place in his heart for the Marine Corp.

You can read more about Miles here (bottom of post).


WHAT: Nothing at this time


WHAT: The Giant Eagle Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: June 13th & 14th, 2015
WHERE: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).


WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Country Club, Gibsonia, PA.
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.


WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.




9/10 @ Patriots L: 28-21
9/20 49ers W: 43-18
9/27 @ Rams W: 12-6
10/1 Ravens L: 23-20
10/12 @ Chargers W: 24-20
10/18 Cardinals W: 25-13
10/25 @ Chiefs L: 23-13
11/1 Bengals L: 16-10
11/8 Raiders W: 38-25
11/15 Browns W: 30-9
11/22 BYE N/A
11/29 @ Seahawks 4:25PM CBS
12/6 Colts 8:30PM NBC
12/13 @ Bengals 1PM CBS
12/20 Broncos 4:25PM CBS
12/27 @ Ravens 8:30PM NBC
1/3 @ Browns 1PM CBS