#SHALIEVE

December 10th, 2017 by

Ben’s cleats for tonight’s game:

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“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”



Tweet of the Week!

December 7th, 2017 by

Long-time readers of Ben’s website know that he has supported this wonderful organization for several years….


Well, this is just AWESOME!!!


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Christmas is just around the corner, but it’s not too late for you to sponsor a wreath or volunteer to help lay them at the graves of our veterans! You can find out more here.



The Ben Roethlisberger Show

December 5th, 2017 by

Recap courtesy of 93.7 The Fan and CBS Pittsburgh:

120517On Ryan Shazier –

“Obviously with him being back there in Cincinnati, we’re not getting all the reports right away but I’ve heard some really encouraging things. You know, a lot of things that the Steelers put out in reports and kind of updates I know from Kevin Colbert and some other people so I’m kind of hearing the same things. Just some encouraging things, but not out of the woods. Obviously just continued prayers for him and his family I think are the best thing that he can get right now.

“When you’re out there, you’re worried about him and his health and all those things, but you also understand that you’ve got to continue to play a football game and you have to give your focus to that because if you’re not focused and in-tuned to what’s going on out there, you can get hurt as well.”


On Ju Ju’s hit against Vontaze Burfict –

“Juju’s was obviously in the realm of the game. I don’t think it was a cheap-shot by any means. Cheap-shots are when you hit someone away from a play, you go low on someone that’s not looking. He’s trying to block a guy that’s probably going to make a tackle. I really believe that he was just trying to help a teammate out being a selfless guy.

“I told him afterwards, I said listen, ‘Love the effort, love how you’re trying to help your teammate get open. Standing over a guy, uncalled for.’ And he knew it. I think he knew it right away. I think he regretted it and he genuinely felt bad about that.”


On what, if anything can be done to “fix” the Steelers vs. Bengals rivalry –

“I had that conversation with the Monday Night crew when I had the production meeting. This game sometimes it feels like it’s not just physical, I mean it’s physical obviously, but it feels like it’s more than juts a tough, hard-nosed football game. You know there’s been a lot of penalties, a lot of quote, unquote “dirty play,” things like that. When you discuss rivalries and hard-nosed football, you think about the Ravens and our matchups we’ve had in the past with them. I’ll credit both teams when we play, it is hard-fought, physical football. You knock someone’s head off and you help them up. You’re not doing anything dirty, you’re not trying to be cheap, you’re not taunting guys, it’s just a tough football game. Sometimes you feel like this game, this quote, unquote rivalry has turned sometimes dirty and it’s unfortunate.”


On whether a game like this, with these types of injuries is the reason he re-evaluates every off-season –

“When we talked in the off-season about really evaluating and making sure, these are the reasons. And having kids, I hope my son plays golf. If he wants to play football that’s fine too but it’s a tough sport. It’s not for everyone. If he wants to do it, I’ll encourage it. If he doesn’t, I’m just fine with that as well.”



You can read more & listen to today’s show here.


Also Today:

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Just a few favorites… from Karl’s Tops Pics (team photographer Karl Roser) on the Steelers website!


Congratulations to Ben…

He recorded the 42nd game-winning drive – victories in which he rallied the team from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie – in his NFL career (38 regular – 4 postseason).

And:

He is the eighth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 passing yards in regular-season career games. He reached 50,000 yards in his 197th regular-season game – becoming the 5th QB in NFL history to reach the milestone in fewer than 200 games.


From Ben after the game….

December 5th, 2017 by


Prayers and love to Ryan and his family! Praying God’s healing hand on him! Love you 50, Get better soon!




Police agencies in both Ohio & Kentucky receive the latest foundation grants

December 4th, 2017 by

Today, Ben announced the 11th and 12th grant awards of the 2017 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing grants to the West Chester Police Department in Ohio and the Fort Mitchell Police Department in Kentucky, both just outside of Cincinnati where the Steelers will play the Bengals this evening.

“The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation grant affords the West Chester Police Department the opportunity to build upon its critically important canine unit, taking a step closer to the 3-member full complement of our unit. The community is grateful for the grant and will gladly welcome a new canine to the West Chester Police Department.” — West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog.


hidinginthesnow_340The West Chester Police will use the grant funds to replace a recently retired K-9.

More from Chief Herzog, “Early in my career with the West Chester Police Department, I had the opportunity to partner with a canine and learned firsthand the value these four-legged officers bring to law enforcement efforts. To the public, they serve as great ambassadors opening doors to build relationships with the community; but a canine officer and handler together play an integral role in searches and tracking dangerous suspects with demonstrated success in making our communities safer.”

The Fort Mitchell Police will use the funds to help maintain their K-9 unit.

“The Fort Mitchell Police Department was fortunate enough to start a police K-9 program earlier this year through the generosity of community support. We are very excited that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has selected our agency as a recipient of a grant to further assist our program so that K-9 Tony and Specialist Best can continue their great work. As a smaller agency, it can sometimes be difficult to support a K-9 unit. This grant will provide significant help to us to keep our program running strong.” — Fort Mitchell Chief of Police Col. Andrew J. Schierberg.



Steelers fans:

You can help 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 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.


#MyCauseMyCleats

December 2nd, 2017 by

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Ben’s cleats for Monday Night’s game will be supporting Operation Underground Railroad (http://ourrescue.org), an organization that is working to stop human trafficking.


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You can read more about Ben’s cause here.



Wednesday’s Q&A with the media

November 29th, 2017 by

From Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com:

24174186_1498141293603279_524586797268377953_nThe Steelers’ offense has apparently turned a corner and found its stride, seemingly just in time.

Or, perhaps, because it was time.

“There’s always an urgency when you get to this time of year,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “There’s a chill in the air, it’s brisk out there. And you start getting that feeling that it’s winding down and you need to start playing your best football.”

It was unseasonably mild on the practice fields at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex this afternoon, the chill Roethlisberger had referenced wasn’t evident. But the conditions were nonetheless appropriate for an offense that has warmed up considerably over the past two games.

After failing to hit the 30-point plateau in their first nine games, the Steelers have struck for 40 on Nov. 16 against Tennessee and 31 last Sunday night against Green Bay.

Their output against the Packers included season-high totals in first downs (28), third-down efficiency (8-for-13, 62 percent) and total net yards (462). The Steelers ran for over 100 yards (121) and threw for over 300 (341) in the same game for the first time this season. And they won the game by completing a four-play, 35-yard, 17-second drive that concluded with a 53-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.

The performance was even more memorable than the night they played the Titans.

“I don’t know if there was one particular thing,” Roethlisberger continued. “Being at home helps, obviously, you can communicate, different things, guys make plays. That’s kind of always what we’ve been saying, is how close we are, and I think that boils down to just making plays. And that’s from the line blocking, me making throws, guys making catches, runner’s running, just kind of putting it all together.

“We’ve been able to score points. We’ve been able to be successful in the red zone, third downs. Part of that could be just playing at home. Maybe we’re just starting to click.”

Roethlisberger and the Steelers will have a much better idea about that after Monday night’s visit to Cincinnati.

“This is a very good defense that’s never given up 30 points (this season) that knows us very well,” he said. “This is a big test for us.”

The Bengals’ season-high total for points allowed was surrendered in a 29-14 loss to the Steelers on Oct. 22 at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger wants to see more of what the Steelers have been able to do with the ball of late in the rematch.

“Just keep doing what we’re doing,” he said. “When it’s not there, if someone’s not having a good day, someone picks it up for them. I might not make all the great throws but guys make great catches, just being able to pick up the slack for each other.

“Obviously, winning football games is our No. 1 goal. It helps when you’re scoring points and you’re connecting and things are going well.

“If we were to win this game, we can talk about it again.”


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


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

November 28th, 2017 by

Recap courtesy of 93.7 The Fan & CBS Pittsburgh:

7_340Coming off their second straight game with an offensive outburst, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined The Cook and Poni Show for The #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show to talk about how things started clicking for the team.

To hear Ben say is though, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

“It felt good. We did some good things. It wasn’t perfect, maybe wasn’t even great at times, but it was good enough most of the time to get it done.”

The offense isn’t without its warts though as we saw dropped passes by Eli Rogers and Jesse James. Ben told us why he has the faith in those guys to go right back to them.

“When Eli dropped the one up the seam, I can remember it specifically, he kind of looked of looked at me, he was down, and I just gave him a look like, ‘Hey, it’s ok. You’ll make that. We’re fine. It’s not the end of the world.’

“Same thing with all those guys. I think they look at me after those plays and one bad thing about dropping it is letting the guys down, but I also feel sometimes they look at me like, ‘Uh-oh, we let Ben down. Is he gonna be upset?’ No, I think they know now it’s not the end of the world. I’ll let coaches get on you, but I’m not gonna get on you and scream at you because I’m coming right back to you as soon as I can.”

One guy you don’t often see drop balls for the Steelers is Antonio Brown, and he had a monster game against the Packers last week catching 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns with two critical receptions on the game winning drive that got the team in field goal range for Chris Boswell.

Ben shared with us how much easier his life is out there because of Brown while also giving credit to Le’Veon Bell for making a huge impact in the passing game when the Packers doubled Brown.

“What a special football player,” Ben said about Brown. “I talked about that after the game a little about is how great he is. He makes plays that it’s so much fun to watch. I honestly thought Le’Veon was the MVP of the passing game and I know that sounds crazy to people, but I’m out there, I know what plays are being made and yes, AB is going to make the highlight plays, but there were a lot of plays in that game where the linebackers were getting depth and trying to get underneath some of those in-routes and stuff that we were trying to get AB the ball, and Le’Veon was getting out. The first thing he does on a lot of passes, he has to check protection. So he’s checking to see if his guy blitzes, and sometimes it’s multiple guys, he has to check two or three guys to see if anybody blitzes. When no one does, then he has to get out into his route, and when he gets out in his route, sometimes it’s man and he has to run a man beater, sometimes it’s zone and he has to find a spot, so for him, there’s a lot more involved than just kind of running out and turning around, and he had so many catches and touches, and we missed on a couple, but I really felt like his game in the pass game was exceptional.


You can listen to Ben’s show here.


The photo above is from Karl’s Top Picks. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time to go through his album!


Week 12: Steelers 31, Packers 28

November 27th, 2017 by

“Any time you win here, it’s a beautiful win!” — Ben, on the field right after the game.



Chris Boswell kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Steelers the win over Green Bay.

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Little fan Isabella Meier praying that puppy through the uprights!


(She was sleeping until her daddy, Scott woke her up with all of his yelling at the TV! She decided she might as well stay up and watch the rest of the game.)


Now about those last few seconds…

The Steelers regained possession with just 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter with the score tied. Big Ben completed two passes to Antonio Brown and another to Le’Veon Bell, putting Boswell in position to hit the game winner. Ben threw for four touchdowns while Brown racked up 169 receiving yards and two scores.

Boswell’s 53-yard FG is tied for the longest at Heinz Field with Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (2016).


Big Ben Big Game Stat:

“Ben Roethlisberger (41) passes HOFer Johnny Unitas & Eli Manning for 7th-most game-winning drives in a career in NFL history (including playoffs)” — NFL Research Dept.


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


And we’ll finish a late night win with a little advice moving forward from “Mean” Joe Greene:

“Cut out the bull[crap]. Be serious. Be serious, because it’s about a team. It’s not about individuals. It’s about team. And I’m not specifically talking about the defense. I’m talking about everybody that contributes. We got a fantastic quarterback that in my view can do things that nobody else in the league can do. You name them, he can make the passes just like anybody else, better. But none of them can stand in the pocket and take the heat that he takes and make the plays. And he has the heart to play, but he has to believe in his team, that they feel the way he feels. Football is a hard game, very tough, and you got to love it. And if you don’t you can’t give your very best and you can’t play. You got to love it.

“A good example of what’s the best about the Steelers is the run that Jerome made against Chicago. Every fiber of his body, all the movement says Pittsburgh Steeler. And if we do that, nobody can stand against us. You just got to believe — in one another. Not individuals.”



Enjoy the week, Steeler Nation!


Fun day at Saturday’s practice

November 26th, 2017 by

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“It was great to see the smile on Wyatt’s face and have his family at practice through OperationOnceInALifetime.com. Wyatt’s father is a former heroic Navy Seal who served his country and tragically lost his life.” — Teresa Varley, Steelers.


“Thank you so much for the great experience for Wyatt! We miss Devon so much, yet today he is smiling down. WYATT is beyond elated in this lifetime experience. Our family is life long steelers fans. Operationonceinalifetime!” — Brett Grube, Wyatt’s uncle.



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WHEN: June 18, 2017
WHERE: Steelers Practice Facility, Pittsburgh, PA.
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WHAT: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Celebrity Pro-Am
WHEN: July 11, 2017
WHERE: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Shepard’s Rock Course
PRICE PACKAGES: Nemocolin.com

 


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 Win: 29-14
10/29 @ Lions Win: 20-15
11/5 BYE N/A
11/12 @ Colts Win: 20-17
11/16 Titans Win: 40-17/NFLN
11/26 Packers Win: 31-28
12/4 @ Bengals Win: 23-20
12/10 Ravens 8:30pm NBC
12/17 Patriots 4:25pm CBS
12/25 @ Texans 4:30pm NBC/NFLN
12/31 Browns 1pm CBS