Ben: Watching from the sideline

October 2nd, 2015 by

Danielle Coll @DanielleMColl
You will never see a bigger fan of his teammates than Big Ben. Just another reason to love #7. Get well soon Ben!! @_BigBen7 @steelers

Andrea @Andreainpghpa
Watching @_BigBen7 cheering on his team is ALMOST as much fun as watching him play!

Kelly McCall ‏@KellyBigben
@_BigBen7 Great to see you smiling & walking on the field! I hope each day you feel better than the last ❤️#7 bigfan

From Jeremy Fowler,

Ben Roethlisberger is walking around on the Heinz Field sideline four days after spraining his left medial collateral ligament, which is considered a good sign for the franchise quarterback because he’s ditched the crutches.

Roethlisberger is expected to watch tonight’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game from the sideline and serve as a de facto coach. Roethlisberger said during the week he was negotiating with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who has a no-crutches-on-the-sideline policy, to be with his teammates during the game.

He got his wish.

More from Mr. Fowler here.

Also from Thursday night:

The many faces of Cheerleading Ben.

And check this out:

What a great photo from Teresa Varley of #7 & #36 during the Steelers halftime presentation for Jerome Bettis!

Tonight on NFL Network at 9:00 PM (ET):

“A Football Life: Jerome Bettis” – From Detroit to Notre Dame, LA to Pittsburgh and finally to Canton, a grand tour on the only Bus to stop at the pro football Hall of Fame.

Then at 10:00 PM (ET):

“A Football Life: Joe Greene” – The life and times of Mean Joe Greene, foundation of the Steel Curtain and the first Pittsburgh Steeler to have his number retired in 50 years.

The “Get Well” wishes continue to come in

September 29th, 2015 by

…by email, twitter and Facebook from the World’s Best Fans:

We’re going to start with a lil’ story about a lil’ fan whose heart was almost broken on Sunday…but thanks to Ben, it does have a happy ending!

Marin McLeod just turned 7-years old and wanted to see her “absolute favorite” player LIVE on the field, so her parents drove last weekend from Chicago to St. Louis so she could do just that. But her mom, Melissa, told us that when Big Ben went down with his injury, Marin burst into tears. No amount of consoling was going to make her feel better. In fact, after Ben was carted off the field, she was ready to go home, tears and all!!

She was so worried when she got back home that she wanted her parents to contact Ben to check on him! Well…when Ben saw her sad little face from the family’s email, he wanted to make sure she knew he was “A-OK” – so he posed in the training room on Tuesday morning with the “thumbs up” sign and we sent it to her.

Needless to say, Marin was very relieved (and made quick plans to have her dad print out the photo for her).

From Melissa, “Marin attends Catholic school. She’s in 2nd grade and is working on her sacrament this year. Penance is coming up fast. When I asked her this morning who she said her prayers for — she said Ben!”.

More from Steeler Nation -

Joanna Forbes ‏@forbes_joanna
Get well soon Ben! A lot of little guys cheering for you! @_BigBen7 #steelernation

“Hi Ben. I just had to add my voice to the chorus of well-wishers hoping you make a speedy recovery. You are the best!” – Love, Maria Van Buskirk

Catalina & John Trujillo: Steeler Nation is praying for you Big Ben, take care of yourself, Steeler Nation will be here when your healed 100%, no use rushing it, your health is more important than a game.

“Ben, I want to start out by telling you I do love football, I play fantasy football (hell i drafted you) and I’m a niner fan. I am sorry so much of football fandom is fantasy football. There are those of us who care about the folks who play. Your not just a number on my fantasy team. I hope and pray for a speedy recovery.” – A Big Ben fan, T.J.

Peter pierce jr ‏@repete1189
@_BigBen7 get well Big Ben.I hope to see you at least on the sidelines.You’re a LEADER.

“I was at the Rams game today and it broke my heart to see Ben go down like that. A mountain of prayers and good wishes from my family are coming your way. We love you!” – Vicki Rizzo

naomi ‏@becky122175
Caesar’s rocking his Sunday outfit wishing that @_BigBen7 gets well soon! #SteelersNation

“As a Steelers fan, you are saddened when one of your leaders falls. However, I know the team will carry on and Ben will be there to guide Michael Vick and cheer on his team until his return. Ben has faced injuries in the past and has come back strong. Steeler fans expect nothing less. Your fans in the Desert Empire of Palm Springs, CA are sending you all of our best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. God Speed #7!” – Frank Torok

Steelers Our Way ‏@SteelersOurWay
@_BigBen7 prayers from Mulinaro family for quick recovery. @MikeVick next man up! Know u can do it!

Susan Kraus: Your health is #1. Take time to heal. We will be ok. #steelernation you are more than football to Pittsburgh. We love you. You do caring things too.

Kelly McCall ‏@KellyBigben
@_BigBen7 I hope you are feeling some better. Steeler Nation and this fan continues to send get well wishes. Our ❤️’s are with you and yours

Marky McFly ‏@_zun19a
Had to send my favorite player a custom made ‘get well soon’ card. @_BigBen7 #speedyrecovery #steelernation

Terra Leech: I’m coming from Florida to Thursday nights game and was completely devastated that my favorite NFL player “Big Ben” isn’t gonna be on the field but I have faith that we can still prevail the next month till he’s back and leading the pack for a playoff push! Get better soon #7!

“I am sure you have had a ton of well wishes for Ben. I hope for a speedy recovery so he may enjoy his family. I know in Pittsburgh football is important. But, so is his personal life. So sending positive thoughts and prayers for a healthy recovery.” – Diana Napper, Glimmer of Hope – Symbol of the cure.

Tiffany Mills: Get well soon Ben! I was devastated Sunday, as was all of Steeler Nation, but I was also bummed because it’s been my dream to see Big Ben play and I’ve been saving my money for the last year. Bought a ticket to Thursdays game against Baltimore, plane tickets from Arizona, and down goes Ben the game before i get there. All I can say is I thank God that it wasn’t more serious. I’ll have to save up again for next year. Best wishes Ben!

Bob Tschappat Jr ‏@BobbyshabJr
Any other QB in league is out for season. @_BigBen7 is a warrior. #GetWellSoonBen #SteelerNation

Tammie Lamberty: My heart is broken that he got hurt but I believe that God will touch him and heal him quicker god bless and amen

Rebecca Johnson Evans: WE don’t have to tell you to hurry up and get well, cause you are the hardest worker ever….we KNOW you’ll do every thing you can to get back in the saddle! And we’ll be praying every day for everything you do. Go get that knee, Ben!

“Hoping you are feeling better. Sure going to miss your amazing game play. You’re a warrior Ben, proved it, many times, very proud to be a Steelers Fan & of you as well. Get well soon, big fan from the Steelers Fan Club in Windsor Locks CT, our best from my family to yours. Take care, and best wishes on your recovery.” – Sincerely, Eric Pagel

Miss Steelers ‏@____korrea
@steelers I’m sad that my man @_BigBen7 can’t play for awhile but I will always love him & support him

Roman TM: Get well soon Ben, we need you, take care for a full recovery, the #SteelersNation in Mexico cheers for you! #GetWellBigBen

Lil’ Ben, who has his OWN Twitter page, wanted to share his “Get Well” wish! *Thank you to Erin Hutchings!

Jeremy Nolan: Ben you are the true BEAST MODE in the game hope you get well soon and show them how tuff you really are!!

Ronald Thomas ‏@rot72ldt71
@_BigBen7 get well soon we love you and miss you already steeler nation for life

Danni Greene: Hurry back Ben! Miss you already!

“Please know you and your family are being uplifted in prayer as you go through this difficult time. Praying for a speedy recovery. God bless you!” – Brenda H.

Ben: ‘I want to be out there with my guys’

September 29th, 2015 by

From Teresa Varley, at this afternoon:

092915_2Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was walking with crutches on Tuesday, but his hope is to ditch them by Thursday so that he can be on the sidelines with his teammates when they take on the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger wants to be there to help quarterback Mike Vick, as well as the offensive line in any manner he can.

“I’m trying to convince Coach (Mike) Tomlin to let me be on the sidelines,” said Roethlisberger, who will not require surgery. “I’m still negotiating that with him. He has a no-crutch rule on the sideline, so if I can get rid of these, we will see what happens.

“I want to be there, because I want to be able to communicate with (Mike) and with my line. These are my guys I have known for a long time and have been around. I’m still going to do everything I can to be a leader and be out there for them. If I see something, have to talk to Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, or whoever it may be, I want to be there. If I can help Mike in any way, I would like to do that.”

It’s typical Roethlisberger, who is a competitor and hates that he is sidelined with an MCL sprain, an injury that he doesn’t have a definite timetable that he will return from.

“I’ve been trying to talk to the doctors and trying to drink my milk to get back as fast as I can,” joked Roethlisberger. “It’s one of those things where we have to take it week-by-week. I know I’m out this week and we will reevaluate next week and go from there. There’s no way to put a timetable on it, I don’t think.”

Despite his frustration with not being able to play, he does know it could have been a lot worse.

“You’re always scared about season-ending ACL surgeries and things like that,” said Roethlisberger, who said he is still a little sore. “I felt something. What they concluded was the two bones smacked together, which caused the bone bruise. That was what I felt, the pain I felt.

“The doctor got in and said he thinks he feels the ACL, but still wanted to get an MRI. You still have that little bit of nerves until you get the MRI. Then, he tells you afterwards. Definitely some relief, but still frustrating. The MCL is the issue with stability and the bone bruise is the issue with the pain and dealing with the pain. You guys know me, I can deal with a lot of pain. This was pretty painful.”

Roethlisberger was injured when he was sacked by Rams safety Mark Barron, but said he doesn’t feel like the hit was dirty, but wouldn’t go as far as saying it was a legal hit.

“I don’t think it was a dirty hit,” said Roethlisberger. “I don’t think he was trying to take me out. According to the rules, it was a low hit, so it maybe should have been flagged. However, I don’t think he intentionally tried to do anything.

“I think it’s hard, because after watching it on film, the guy fell initially. It’s tough, because you have to ask a guy to try to get back on his feet and try to do something. That’s why I said I don’t think it was dirty. I don’t think he was intentionally trying to hurt me, or anything like that. I just think he was already kind of low and the best way he could go was to lunge for me.”

You can read more from Ben, and see video of his interview here.

Best Wishes for Big Ben

September 28th, 2015 by


Friends and former teammates:

Santonio Hol❌es Jr. ‏@ToneTime10
Get well soon my friend @_BigBen7

Max Starks IV ‏@maxstarks78
Prayers for my brother @_BigBen7, freak accidents happen at the worst time.

The Penguins head coach:

Mike Johnston ‏@MikeJohnstonHC
Best wishes to the @steelers and Ben Roethlisberger. Looked sharp in his first three games. Hope to see you back on the field soon.

And WPXI-Channel 11 in Pittsburgh to ALL Steelers fans:

#SteelerNation – Let’s show our QB some support! RETWEET to wish @_BigBen7 a SPEEDY RECOVERY!

These little ladies are showing “signs of love” for #7:

Nina and Laken Smith –

Allen Smith ‏@allnsmit
Get well soon Big Ben! #SNUproud #Superbowl50MVP @_BigBen7 @SteelersUnite @steelers

Kourtney Buster –

Jamey Buster ‏@BusterJamey
@_BigBen7 @SteelersUnite @steelers Get well Ben, we’re praying for you a speedy and healthy recovery! #SNUproud ❤️

Chloe and Abbey Booth –

“Both of our daughters, Chloe and Abbey, made get well signs for Big Ben. Chloe attended Ben’s Procamp this summer. They were sad to see him get hurt and are worried about him. So they hope the signs will cheer him up.” – Lisa Booth.

Mrs. Kolesar’s Algebra 10 class at Laurel Highlands High School added a special message to their Terrible Towel -

Thurby Algebra ‏@ThurbyAlgebra
Sending “Get Well” wishes to our favorite QB!! @_BigBen7 @steelers

And our Tweet of the Week (even though it’s only Monday) has to go to James Shimkus, who borrowed a photo from the Steelers Game Day album, to tweet this message:

James Shimkus ‏@james_shimkus
So many emotions with this picture. Speedy recovery so we can get down to business and make a run @_BigBen7

Once again, thank you to Steeler Nation for all these beautiful messages, tweets & emails!

Update on Ben’s injury

September 28th, 2015 by

From Coach Tomlin:

“The MRI on Sunday night revealed Ben Roethlisberger had an MCL injury to his left knee. There is no timetable for his return, but Ben is a competitor and we are confident he will do everything in his power to return at the appropriate time.”

Game 3: Steelers win 12-6 over Rams

September 27th, 2015 by

But Steeler Nation was too worried about #7, who suffered an injury in the 3rd quarter, to celebrate (he will have an MRI upon the team’s return to Pittsburgh).

His website’s Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as his email account, were flooded with well wishes even before the game ended…here is just a small sample. starting with Bruce Gradkowski and Jerome Bettis:

Bruce Gradkowski ‏@bgradkowski5
Great win #SteelerNation !!Thanks for the awesome support, felt like a home game!! Let’s pray for @_BigBen7 for a fast recovery #he’llbeback

Jerome Bettis ‏@JeromeBettis36
Hope this injury isn’t to serious! #SteelerNation is praying for you man! #PITvsSTL

Susan Delucia ‏@steeleru7
@_BigBen7 So sad and sick to my stomach. A win isn’t worth losing you. Prayers up. @steelers @AntonioBrown84

Y’all don’t know how much he means to the team until he gets hurt.. So for those who have complained about him (not necessarily on this fb page, but on other pages, I’ve seen) now… It’s real.. And it’s sad.. Get Better Soon Ben we love you Ben. – Valerie Ivkovich

Stasi Lloyd ‏@iamstasi
Its great to be 2-1 but not at the expense of @_BigBen7 being hurt…I would rather be 1-2 with a healthy Ben

Emma Nutt ‏@Emzicles12
Hope your injury doesn’t keep you out for long @_BigBen7 we need you. Praying for a quick recovery #GetWellSoonBen #steelernation

“Prayers first and foremost for your health and your family.”– Dorothy Ripper Staub

Jamie Harding ‏@jamiekharding
When a W feels like a really big L. Get well soon, @_BigBen7. #weneedyou

Seabeewife26 ‏@ChristyNelsen
Hate to see @_BigBen7 go down. Prayers going up for the big guy. They breed us tough in Findlay!!

Cathy H ‏@girlzrok9798
@steelers My friend, Delta Dave was at the game & this is for @_BigBen7 Get well we need u!

“So sorry you got hurt Ben. I will pray for you. Hope you get back in line up soon.” – Clara Jean John Yerick

Kelly Shearer ‏@Budkat8
@_BigBen7 praying for quick healing & recovery…we need our leader, hard to win without the best QB in the league!!!! #GetWellSoonBen

“Prayers and best wishes for the best quarterback ever!” – Joe Sherry Hamilton

Dalton Grimm ‏@dgrimm86
@_BigBen7 stay strong brother youll be fine. You’re the toughest player in the league

Juuly D’ Cena ‏@JuulyDcena
GET WELL SOON @_BigBen7 I’m very proud of you!!! We love you!!! #HereWeGo

“I was at the Rams game today and it broke my heart to see Ben go down like that. A mountain of prayers and good wishes from my family are coming your way. We love you!” – Vicki Rizzo

Steel Curtain ‏@SteelCurtain415
@_BigBen7 is a tough ole s.o.b. whatever the outcome of his mri is we will stand with him #SteelersNation #InBenWeTrust #GetWellBigFella

“Get better Big Man I really hate this happened to you because I know personal awards don’t mean a lot to you because you are a team Guy. But you were on pace for a well deserved and long overdue MVP award this season.” – Henderson Thomas

From Mexico:

Regios de Acero ‏@regiosdacero
Get well @_BigBen7 ! for you. #RegiosDeAcero #Steelers fan club #Monterrey #Mexico #HereWeGo

Acero Americano ✦✧✦ ‏@AceroAmericano
Hey @_BigBen7 … Stay Strong!!!! You’re a warrior. A Steel Warrior. Get well soon, captain

From Canada:

Kyle Valanne ‏@kvalanne
@_BigBen7 Canadian @steelers fan hoping to see you back quickly. Get healthy!

From Australia:

@_BigBen7 from all your supporters in Australia hope it’s not too serious mate and a speedy recovery

From Switzerland:

Simone Tamborini ‏@tamba7
Get well soon @_BigBen7 Hope is not a bad injury. Prayers from Switzerland!!

And from Germany:

“Best wishes from Pittsburgh Steeler Nation Germany – get well soon.” Pittsburgh Steeler Nation Germany

“Thoughts and Prayers are with you Big Ben!! God Bless you and your beautiful family.” – Janet Montgomery

Jackson Carpenter ‏@Jsmoovelover
@_BigBen7 we love you! get well we are all praying! #InBenWeTrust

“Much love and prayers Ben!” – Kelly Wilson

“Prayers to you Big Ben total accident today but you are a Strong Man. GO STEELERS! WE LOVE U! BEST QB HANDS DOWN! BEEN A STEELERS GIRL SINCE I WAS 11. GOD BLESS YOU BEN GET WELL SOON!” – Julie Tallon

“All of Steeler Nation is praying for you! We wish you a speedy and complete recovery. We know how much you love to be on that field. Much love to you, Ben!” – Linda Finney

Thank you to everyone who took the time to tweet and post and email your thoughts & prayers – wish we had the room to post them all!!

Ben’s teammates also react to his injury here.

Ben’s foundation: Hazelwood PD (MO) receives grant

September 24th, 2015 by

Today Ben announced the second grant of the 2015-16 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the City of Hazelwood just northwest of St. Louis where the Steelers will play the Rams on September 27, 2015.

“The acquisition of a new canine will enable the HPD to improve its narcotic drug investigation and crime suspect apprehension capabilities in order to keep Hazelwood a safe community for its citizens.” – Greg Hall, Chief of Police, Hazelwood Police Department.

The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) will apply the grant funds to the purchase and training of a new dog for their K-9 unit.

HazelwoodPD_OnyxxDuring the 2015-16 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be 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 and will consider a grant to a non-NFL market city in the United States for each playoff game in which the Steelers compete.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

This marks the ninth season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation 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. Roethlisberger and the Foundation also support Make-A-Wish.

The Foundation distributed more than $130,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2014-15 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.3 million since 2007.

Hazelwood Police Captain, Mark McKeon, said, “I would like to thank the foundation and its employees for the great honor in being selected for this canine grant.”

Fans can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (, using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Ben’s foundation.

For more information about Ben’s foundation, please contact Jessica Duffaut at

Photo: That’s Hazelwood Police K9 “Onyxx”, who is looking forward to having a new co-worker!

Congratulations to Ben!!!

September 23rd, 2015 by


Pittsburgh Steelers ‏@steelers
Congratulations @_BigBen7 on being named AFC Offensive Player of the Week! #HereWeGo


#MACtion ‏@MACSports
Congrats to Miami alum Ben Roethlisberger on being named the NFL’s AFC Offensive Player of the Week! #MACtion

Ben was 21-of-27 for 369 yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers’ win over the 49ers on Sunday.

This is the 12th time he has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, and the first time since taking home such honors in back-to-back weeks (Weeks 8-9) in 2014.

Also Today:

It’s Wednesday, and that means Ben spoke to the media after practice –

You can read a recap of his interview here.

The Ben Roethlisberger Show

September 22nd, 2015 by

Did you miss Ben’s show this morning at 11AM on 98.7 The Fan with Cook and Poni?

Here is a recap:

092215Coming off a huge performance for the entire offense against the San Francisco 49ers, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined “The Cook and Poni Show” like he does every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and said despite how good they looked, they still have things they can clean up.

“We had some penalties that hurt us,” Roethlisberger said. “We had two, three-and-outs that shouldn’t have been three-and-outs. I mean, we stopped ourselves and that’s frustrating. I had a bad call in the no-huddle that resulted in only a one-yard run when it could have been more if I had checked out of the play…All-in-all, a win is a win.”

Despite those “miscues,” Roethlisberger still completed 21 of 27 attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns, so they weren’t all that costly. However, it shows the offense is already clicking and primed for a big season.
The offense even had success in an area where they tend to struggle – the redzone. Roethlisberger described what was different for them this time and why they were so successful.

“I have to give Coach Haley a lot of credit,” Roethlisberger said. “I told him this Sunday night when I got home and texted him, I said, ‘You know coach, I give you credit,’ because when we were driving down the field in the no-huddle, we got down a couple of times to the 5-yard line, the 10-yard line, and sometimes even closer and typically, I would expect to hear in my head…ok, huddle up, we’re bringing out this goalline package, jumbo, him calling a play. He never once did that. That’s to his credit that he just kind of let us keep rolling in.”

Roethlisberger also talked about the team’s aggressive approach to extra points and going for two more times than electing to kick.

“We knew first touchdown we were going for two. The discussion then comes up on the second one, ‘What are we going to do?’ If we got the first one, then we may not do the second one, if we didn’t get the first one, then we may do the second one, that’s Coach Tomlin. We knew going in that we were going to go for 2 on the first play,” Roethlisberger said.

You can read more & listen to the full podcast of Ben’s show here.

You can also listen to Ben’s interview on the Shaqcast – The BIG Podcast with Shaq from yesterday.

Also Today:

Cast your vote for Ben!

Ben is a nominee for the NFL’s FedEx Air Player of the Week -

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 369 yards and three touchdowns for a 155.8 passer rating in the Steelers’ 43-18 win against the San Francisco 49ers.

Game 2: Steelers 43, 49ers 18

September 20th, 2015 by

Big Day for Big Ben!

“None of what the 49ers accomplished statistically during the game mattered, because in every instance Ben Roethlisberger either had an answer to negate what had just happened, or even better, he had authored something earlier that ultimately rendered what the 49ers would end up doing as nothing but statistical fluff.

“The Steelers’ 43-18 victory today at Heinz Field, Roethlisberger completed 21-of-27 (77.8 percent) for 369 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a rating of 155.8. He was magnificent in the no-huddle. He got to the running game at the right times. He spread the ball around to five different receivers, and his three touchdown passes went to three different receivers. He was 2-for-2 on two-point conversion passes. He was a critical factor in the Steelers converting 60 percent on third downs, in the offense being a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone, and in the team building a 29-3 halftime lead. And just to make sure, on each of the Steelers’ two fourth-quarter possessions that followed 49ers touchdowns, Roethlisberger drove the Steelers to answering touchdowns that maintained the margin of their comfortable lead.

“Ben Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.” — Bob Labriola,

Post-game Q&A with Ben:

092015Is this what you expect the offense to look like?

I hope so. Things clicked today. We did some really good things, threw the ball, ran the ball and scored in the red zone. Mostly disappointed about coming out in the second half and we had two screens that we felt could have been big plays, but weren’t. We had to punt and then we had the ball backed up.

To me, it’s frustrating because when we have a punt, we would rather just keep going and give our defense a break. We want to possess the ball and work the ball down the field. I was calling almost every single play and we were moving so fast and that’s credit to our guys and the conditioning. We didn’t possess the ball very long tonight, but we put up the points.

How difficult are you guys to defend for defenses now that you’ve got Le’Veon Bell back; just another weapon?

It’s great. I think DeAngelo has done an awesome job. I don’t think that it means that he will stop being on the field. It is always good when you get guys back. We’ll get 26 back this week and 10 a couple weeks after that.

How did you feel about the way that you spread the offense around? Everybody seemed to be involved.

That’s my favorite part about it. You include everybody. I wish that everybody could get touchdowns. I wish that everybody could catch for 100 yards, which is hard to do, but you try to include everybody. It’s not necessarily something I’m always trying to do, but you’re calling plays because you see guys and see things and guys have to be ready when their numbers are called. And that’s why I’m proud because everyone was ready when their number was called.

It seems like you used the run to be strategic almost to set up the pass.

Most definitely. They were giving us a lot of different looks, bringing their safeties down and we were throwing balls and we thought, let’s not overthink ourselves. Let’s just call a play and live with it. Call a safe play, you’ve got different options and just live with it. Make them adjust to us. We do that a couple times a game Where we thought we were getting them off balance, but we just got to the line as quick as we could. To me, that’s the balance that we need to have.

092015_1How much confidence do you have with Heyward-Bay right now?

Tons. I’m not shying away from that play where he scored a touchdown. We were on the sideline. We were talking, myself, Coach Haley, Bruce and Mike, and Landry, all of us just talking about what play we want. And Coach Haley suggested a play and I said that I liked it, but there was something else.

I feel like there is another play that we have and we started talking and I told him let’s run the play that we ran. Knowing that it was probably going to be Heyward-Bay down the middle of the field, I guess my long answer to you is that I never would have thought of that play if I didn’t have confidence in him, that he would make that play. So we split the safeties and ran and he made that catch. It wasn’t an easy catch.

Re: Red zone:

We got down there and it was just as much of us changing the plays. Give Coach Haley the credit. We got down there, he was saying huddle up and calling plays and he trusts the preparation that we put in and the communication that we have. He just let us keep going. Today, we kept it spread out and ran the ball.

Re: Good chemistry between you and Antonio Brown:

He’s awesome. I don’t know what else to say. He works his butt off. His off the field work, the practice work, the film room, everything he does just shows up every single week. This week was even more impressive. He’s taking more steps to be even better. This was probably his best week of practice he has had in any year.

Re: Health Miller touchdown:

I’m not going to tell you any trade secrets on that play. He’s one of many options. Going back to the previous question, when you hurry up and spread them out, you can have multiple options. That was just one of the options, so you don’t have to worry about checking and making a bunch of adjustments.

Re: Hurry up and spread offense:

Any of the up-tempo stuff we were doing, you can see defenses, not just today, but that’s one of the reasons the line really likes no huddle. Usually defensive line guys are dragging and start huffing and puffing, the offensive line loves it because they are just going and going. Just as much as it is in the field when you are down there and it’s time to huddle, you substitute people in. We just want to line up and keep going.

Easier at home than opposed to on the road?

It’s easier of course because you communicate. Still, you should be able to do it on the road.

You can read more & see video of the game highlights here.

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


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 8:25PM CBS
10/12 @ Chargers 8:30PM ESPN
10/18 Cardinals 8PM FOX
10/25 @ Chiefs 1PM CBS
11/1 Bengals 1PM CBS
11/8 Raiders 1PM CBS
11/15 Browns 1PM CBS
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