Ben’s foundation: Final grants awarded

February 15th, 2017 by

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. — Ben.



freeze_340Today, Ben announced the final grants of the 2016-17 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at www.givingback.org. The Foundation will be distributing eight grants totaling $76,000 to police departments in the Pittsburgh area.

The K-9 departments receiving funding from Ben this year include the Arnold Police Department, Castle Shannon Police Department, Findlay Township Police Department, Ligonier Township Police Department, Mt. Oliver Police Department, Penn Hills Police Department, West Mifflin Borough Police Department, and the
Wheeling West Virginia Police Department. These departments will be utilizing their respective grants in a variety of canine-focused initiatives including the purchase and training of new K-9s, replacing and upgrading K-9 vehicles, and the acquisition of new safety & training equipment.

This announcement completes the foundation’s tenth grant cycle, during which it distributed more than $150,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country. In addition to the Pittsburgh grants announced, the Foundation distributed grants to K-9 units of police departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. Ben invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

Ben is grateful for the generous supporters who have enabled him to expand the K-9 grant program, including Pro Camps and Allegheny County District Attorney Office, as well as caring individual donors from around the country.

k9puppySgt. Neil H. Cridge stated, “On behalf of the Findlay Township Police Department and its residents, we would like to extend our appreciation to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and The Giving Back Fund for their continued dedication to the law enforcement community! With the grant funding, the Findlay Township Police K-9 Unit was able to continue the program after the passing of K-9 Axel. This grant allows small departments like ours to continue to provide a higher level of service to our community, as well as surrounding areas. K-9 Scooby has already begun to make his mark in our area on the street and in the community.”

Sgt. James Friscarella said, “On behalf of the Ligonier Township Police and K-9 Kilo, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you for providing us with the grant to help fund our K-9 program. Without the help of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, we would not be able to outfit our program with the latest in technology to keep Kilo and I safe. This grant is accepted in the memory of Lt. Eric Eslary who was killed in the line of duty in 2015. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation had previously funded Lt. Eslary’s K-9 program with K-9 Blek. Thank you again.”

Officer Thomas Snyder said, “Mt. Oliver Police Department is thankful to Ben and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the work that they have done and their continued support for law enforcement K-9 units. With the grant, we are able to continue our program and place a new K-9 team in service.”

Chief Howard Burton commented, “The Penn Hills Police Department greatly appreciates the generosity of Mr. Roethlisberger and The Giving Back Fund for their support of local law enforcement agencies. The awarding of this K-9 grant will allow the Penn Hills Police Department to fill the K-9 position that has been vacant due to funding issues over the past year. The addition of this K-9 will bring our K-9 division up to its full complement of four teams. All of our K-9s are Roethlisberger grant dogs.”

thumbChief Kenneth I. Davies said, “It is with the sincerest appreciation and gratitude that the West Mifflin Police Department can convey to Ben Roethlisberger and the Foundation for your outstanding contribution to our canine program. These funds are critical for our department’s continued development of a professional canine program that serves and assists the people in our community and the region. Again, thank you, your generosity and commitment to public safety is to be commended.”

Steeler Nation:

You 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 the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, or you can simply make a donation directly to the foundation here.


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


Our latest adventure…

February 12th, 2017 by


took place in Legoland! This place is AWESOME!! — Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.


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I Knight thee Sir Bodie of Roethlisberger, Guardian and High Protector of Da ‘Burgh.



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Mommmmmyyy!!!! Are you sure we don’t need a pilot’s license??? Or PARACHUTES? ARGHHHHH!!! — Baylee.



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Whew! This is more like it! — Baylee.



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Don’t worry Aunt Carlee, I’m in TOTAL control!! Prepare for a smooth landing…with a smile! — Benjamin, Jr.



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The Lovely Ladies of Legoland!



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We’re not just posing for a photo with painted faces – we’re making a fashion statement! Soon, everyone will be wearing face paint!. — Benjamin & Baylee.



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Speaking of fashion, who wears these green shades better? Me or my big brother back in the day? Me, right?! Come on, you can say it! Me!! Oh yeah, a true fashion icon RIGHT HERE, baby! — Bodie.



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Sir Benjamin, Second Earl of Steel, prepares to joust with the Black Raven of Baltimore, on his trusty mount, Seven!



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Is your Mommy & Daddy as awesome as mine? — Benjamin.



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Hey Grandma!! Is that a milkshake stand over there? Oh yeah it is!! — Bodie.



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We totally have room for a merry go round in our yard!! — Benjamin, Jr.


And I’m totally putting it on my birthday wish list!! — Baylee.




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We had such a fun day, and we sure are glad you stopped by to see just how much fun! — Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.




Hi Steeler Nation!!

February 8th, 2017 by

It’s your friends, Benjamin & Baylee, with our baby brother, Bodie. We wanted to share our first off-season adventure with you:


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We’re here in San Diego with Mommy & Daddy, Grandma & Pops, and Aunt Carlee….and guess where we went yesterday?

The San Diego Safari Park (hopefully Miss Erin linked that!), and we had a WILD time, heehee. — Benjamin & Baylee.


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Yeahhhh, okay, I’m smiling, but…I’m…not..so..sure…about being this close to a real tiger! — Baylee.


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Whew! Thank goodness my Daddy is here to protect me! He’s my own personal Super Hero! — Baylee.


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I’m not scared at all. Nope. Not me! (Um, he’s not right up next to the glass is he?) — Benjamin.


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I’m tellin’ ya, the best part about this whole baby brother thing is that I get chauffeured all around the park! — Bodie.


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So according to this map, we can see the pandas AND stop at the soft serve ice cream hut! That’s a win-win in my book! — Baylee.


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Me and my Dad – we’re the best of buddies! — Benjamin.


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We go together like peas & carrots! — Benjamin & Baylee.


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Whoa now….we’re a little TOO CLOSE to the Lion Camp for the family photo, which means I’m gonna need a diaper change – ASAP!! — Bodie.


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Well friends, we’re off to find new adventures! Thanks for coming along with us on this one. — Benjamin & Baylee.



We want to thank everyone at the San Diego Safari Park for the amazing day! If you have never been, make sure you put it on your to-do list. — Ben & Ashley.



Just a reminder…

February 6th, 2017 by

now that the NFL season is over:

080613_louholtzeventBen will be a Keynote Speaker at the Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA next month!

Other Keynote Speakers include NASCAR’s Tony Stewart, Si Robertson (Duck Dynasty), J.D. Greear (Pastor at The Summit Church of Raleigh-Durham, NC), and Christian comedian & author Dennis Swanberg.

The Men’s Weekend is a full two-day event – March 17-18th.

Jerome Bettis and Tony Dungy were last year’s Keynote Speakers to an audience of 10,000.

Click here for more info.


*But don’t wait to purchase tickets – the last of ’em are selling out fast!


Super Bowl LI is going to the dogs

February 3rd, 2017 by

I hear that PD K9’s are already working hard for the Super Bowl. So proud to support their role in public safety. — Ben.


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From KXAN in Texas earlier this week:

Man’s best friend will be part of heightened security around Super Bowl 51 and the events leading up to it.

More than 50 K9s and their law enforcement officers from across the country were sworn in Wednesday as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals for the Super Bowl in Houston.

The newly deputized K9 teams have arrived from all parts of the country… San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and Norfolk, just to name a few.

There are even teams from far away as Puerto Rico and Guam.

The officers and their K9s will be part of increased security sweeps and monitoring for events before and during the big game.


You can learn more about Ben’s foundation & get info on donating to it right here.


Ben: ‘Basketball was always my first love’

February 2nd, 2017 by

Ben was a guest on legendary coach, Pittsburgh native, and huge Steelers fan John Calipari’s “Cam Cast” podcast show today.


020217Hey Steeler Nation, your QB averaged 26.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in high school, which more than likely prompted this question from Coach Cal –

Coach Calipari: Let me ask you this, what if I were at Kentucky, and I said, ‘I’ve gotta have this guy,’. And I’d sit you down, and tell your family, ‘Look, your kid is special. He’s a big guard, and I love big guards, you know.’ What would you have done? Would you have dropped the football and come to Kentucky?

Ben: It would have been a tough one for me. I went to Kentucky football camp back in the day when I was a junior. Went there and was a part of that. But, you know Coach, I’ve got a lot of love and respect for you, so I probably would have went. I would have stayed longer than a year too. I would have given you my best and I promise you, I would have passed the ball a lot.


Coach Calipari: So Miami of Ohio…was it because it was close to home? Did Ohio State just not know about you?

Ben: I took an unofficial visit to Ohio State and saw Coach Cooper was there, and you would have thought I was greatest thing since sliced bread. You would have thought I was the greatest recruit of all time. He couldn’t wait for me to come. I saw him at the airport the next weekend when I was flying down to Duke. We’re talking seven days later, and he didn’t recognize me. I went up and introduced myself and he didn’t know who I was. That was the end of my Ohio State days. I was going on the next weekend to Ohio State and I canceled it.


Coach Calipari: I didn’t realize that New England and Pittsburgh…is there a hatred there? It is, you know, we’ve been there, you’ve been there and let’s go. I know there’s respect but…

Ben: I’d say there is more respect than hatred. I don’t think there is a hatred there. We’ve played them twice in my 13 years in the championship game. Obviously, they’ve gotten the better of us in two championship games. They’ve kind of had our number. We’re like the little brother trying to keep up with the big brother, in a sense.


And who does Ben get his competitive spirit from?

Ben: I think I get it from my grandma!


Will Ben watch the Super Bowl? Who does he think will win? Does he ever change play calls? What does he think of Coach Tomlin, and what kind of relationship do they have?

You’ll want to listen to his full interview here.


Photo: Coach keeps his autographed football from Ben in his office.


Making a snowman

January 31st, 2017 by

…means making memories too!

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Just another reminder why God is so good!! Super fun day making “Krosty the Snowman” (as Baylee calls him)!⛄— Ben



Congratulations #78!

January 30th, 2017 by

And to Coach Quinn!

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The Salute to Service Award presented by USAA was created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families.


About Alejandro:

Alejandro Villanueva was born to Spanish parents, his father being a Lieutenant Commander in the Spanish Navy. He grew up in the United States, Spain and Belgium, where he played football at SHAPE American High School.

After playing four years of football at West Point, Alejandro was commissioned in 2010. He was deployed three times before being promoted to Captain in 2014. Among the many honors he received for his service are the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, the Bronze Star Medal for overseas service, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.

When he got out of the Army, Villanueva decided to give the NFL a try. After attending the NFL combine, he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. When released, the Steelers signed him to the practice squad in August 2014 and today he is the starting left tackle. He credits his military background with influencing his approach to football.

During his time with the team, Villanueva has participated in several events and appearances honoring fellow military personnel and veterans. Heroes at Heinz Field brings a group of veterans to the Steelers’ stadium where players run drills and spend time honoring the heroes. At last year’s event, Alejandro was even reunited with one of the members of his battalion, the 2-87 Infantry from when he was deployed to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY. At the 2016 event, he again spent time talking with the veterans about their experiences.

During the team’s trip to San Diego for Monday Night Football in 2015, Villanueva and several of his teammates went to the VA Hospital to visit a Pittsburgh native Navy SEAL, who was injured and paralyzed in a training maneuver. Their visit brought a smile to a fellow hero who will remember the night for the rest of his life. Villanueva and two other teammates visited the VA Hospital and spent time with patients there, talking about their experiences during their time in the military and afterwards.

Alejandro makes it a point to meet as many of the current and former military personnel that are guests of the Steelers at their games and is always seen proudly singing our National Anthem.


You can get more info on the Salute to Service Award here.


It’s almost time….

January 26th, 2017 by

for the 7th Annual Shear Da Beard fundraiser!


"I think it's time for Uncle Brett to Shear Da Beard! Yikes!!" -- Baylee.

“Uncle Brett, I think it’s time to Shear Da Beard! Yikes!!” — Baylee.

When: February 13, 2017

Where: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille

What time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Shearing to commence at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $50 per person (to benefit cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC). Purchase ’em HERE.

Special Guest: This year’s special guest will be WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels!!


Of course, there are always surprise celebrity barbers on hand to help SHEAR DA BEARD! Previous celebrity barbers include Big Ben, Heath Miller, Coach Tomlin, Coach LeBeau, Cam Heyward, Aaron Smith, Mr. Art Rooney II, just to name a few.

Tickets price includes both admission to the event and appetizers, courtesy of Jergel’s.

Don’t miss this!! Tickets are selling fast.


*No outside autograph items permitted into the event.

**Minors Under 21 must be with parent or legal guardian.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

January 24th, 2017 by

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

On his future:

“I was talking to my wife about it last night, and I was talking to my agent about it, and Coach [Tomlin] about it…you know, I’m going to take this season to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that, and just take some time away to evaluate next season – if there’s going to be a next season – all those things.

“You know, at this point in my career, and at my age, it’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year.”


When asked directly if he would be playing next season:

“Like I said, I’m going to re-evaluate with my family, and do a lot of praying about it, and to make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family. I’m not, by any means, saying ‘I’m not coming back’ or anything like that. I’m just saying that I’m at the point of my career where I think it’s prudent, just like I think James is doing, and other guys who have been in the league a long time do, to evaluate, to just make sure. You want to be able to leave this game walking out of it, and in a healthy spot. You don’t want to be ‘carted out’. You don’t want to leave this game and be worse for wear.”


On the loss in the AFC Championship:

“They outplayed us. They were the better team on that day, and it showed. They out-coached us, they outplayed us, they out-executed us and the better team won the football game. It’s frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

“Looking closer at how they were outplayed, Ben reiterated what he said after the game that the stage may have been too big for some of their young guys. Guys have to understand that the game can’t be too big, and I think it was for some guys. And that’s ok, they’re going to have to learn.”


On Le’Veon Bell’s groin injury & whether they knew about it prior to the game:

“Yes, yep. We knew that Le’Veon was kind of dealing with this, he’s been dealing with it for a couple of weeks.”


On whether he’s opposed in any way to running the quarterback sneak:

“I have no problem sneaking, I think my sneak percentage…is pretty successful, in the high 90s. We’ve done it before. I’ve never ever in my life expressed not wanting to do it, I have no problem doing it, I would have done it three or four times in a row if we had to. The plays come in from Coach Haley and I call them.”


You can listen here.


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WHAT: The SunnyD Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: 2017
WHERE: Bethel Park High School, 309 Church Rd., Bethel Park, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).

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WHAT: Keynote Speaker – Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend
WHEN: March 17-18, 2017
WHERE: Liberty University
TICKETS: IgniteMen.net (purchase by Oct 31, 2016)

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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 Win: 43-14
10/9 Jets Win: 31-13
10/16 @ Dolphins Loss: 30-15
10/23 Patriots Loss: 27-16
10/30 BYE Week N/A
11/6 @ Ravens Loss: 21-14
11/13 Cowboys Loss: 35-30
11/20 @ Browns Win: 24-9
11/24 @ Colts Win: 28-7
12/4 Giants Win: 24-14
12/11 @ Bills Win: 27-20
12/18 @ Bengals Win: 24-20
12/25 Ravens Win: 31-27
1/1 Browns Win: 27-24