Scott Brown, ESPN.com AFC North writer, keeps it simple:
What it means - The Steelers looked like the 2012 and 2013 8-8 teams that found ways to lose games to lesser opponents. They did just that with an uneven performance against the previously winless Buccaneers. The Steelers beat themselves by committing 13 penalties for 125 yards and losing an early fumble that gave the visiting Buccaneers, who needed an early confidence boost in the worst way, a 7-0 lead two minutes into the game. They made one late defensive stand against the Buccaneers but couldn’t do it again after Tampa Bay got the ball back with a little more than a minute left in the game. The Steelers (2-2) had several chances to put the Buccaneers away, including early in the fourth quarter, when a sure touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger clanged off the hands of Antonio Brown. Shelve that talk about the Steelers going on a run. This may well be another .500 team.
Game ball - Roethlisberger became just the 12th player in NFL history to throw for at least 35,000 yards with the same team and he helped pull the Steelers out of an early stupor. With the offense doing nothing and the Steelers facing a 10-point deficit and a third-and-10 deep in their own territory, Roethlisberger completed a 32-yard pass to wide receiver Markus Wheaton, taking a serious shot after releasing the ball.
Miller time - Roethlisberger couldn’t have placed an early pass any better than if he had walked up to Heath Miller and put it in his hands. The normally reliable Miller inexplicably dropped the pass at a time when the Steelers were tripping themselves, but the 10th-year veteran more than made up for it. Miller caught the next eight passes that Roethlisberger threw his way, including a 5-yard touchdown that snapped a 17-17 tie. Miller’s nine catches for 80 yards were both season highs, and he moved into eighth place on the Steelers’ list for career yards from scrimmage. Miller now has the fourth-most receiving yards in franchise history.
You can read the rest of Mr. Brown’s column here.
You can listen/watch Ben’s post-game interview here.
Ben completed 29-of-40 for 314 yards, with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 120.2.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
January 29, 2007: The Steelers' #7 played with the Yankees' #2 at the Derek Jeter 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic held at the Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida.
"How do you not watch that guy? He’s such a good player, a good person and a good role model for a lot of people. He’s a guy who’s done it for a long time. I think a lot of people, athletes and people in general should model their lives after a guy like that.”-- Ben, to the YES Network on his friend, Derek Jeter, during a trip to Yankees Stadium on April 13, 2012 for Opening Day.
Ben on the Radio
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Congratulations to Ben!
Named the “Steelers 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year”
He is one of 32 NFL team’s “Man of the Year” award winners.
The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
A phone call from Ben???
You bet!! Now you can send a personalized phone call (or E-Card) from Ben to a family member or friend for a special occasion!
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Ben, The Steelers, and Make-A-Wish in 2013
November 15th: Steelers make a wish come
November 6th: An 8-year old Make-A-Wish Hero
November 1st: Big Ben donates to Make-A-Wish
September 22nd: Making a wish come true and then some
July 25th: A great day on the course for a very good cause
July 9th: The 2nd Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
June 2nd: Roethlisberger makes impact off the field
April 14th: A Make-A-Wish day to remember
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Happy Birthday Wishes To
Kevin Carter (Sep 26th)
Joni Jenkins (Sep 26th)
Sharon Kahle (Sep 26th)
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Mike Hammond (Sep 27th)
Yvette Walker (Sep 27th)
Eric Wright (Sep 27th)
Sophia Bedont (Sep 28th)
Jack Birath (Sep 28th)
Randy Caldwell (Sep 28th)
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Judy Hollifield (Sep 28th)
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Donald Strother, Jr. (Sep 28th)
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Zachary Tuskowski (Oct 4th)
Mason Sigmon (Oct 5th)
Paul Tarbay (Oct 5th)
Carla Weaver (Oct 5th)
Greg Dicoskey (Oct 7th)
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Jordan McDaniel (Oct 7th)
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Ronald McDonald House Charities - Pittsburgh Area
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Big Ben's BBQ SauceGo with what the Pro's use:
Big Ben's BBQ Sauce sales and fundraising have helped raise over $150,000 for his favorite charities, including The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation!
King Street Sports BarIf you are visiting or vacationing in South Carolina....
Stop by King Street Grille with locations in Charleston, Kiawah Island, James Island, Mt. Pleasant and Myrtle Beach!
"Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is part owner of the Charleston-based chain that is decked out in full Steelers theme. However, King Street Grille doesn't play favorites, it's a sports bar where all sports fans and fanatics are welcomed.
"If you're looking to catch up on sports highlights or catch a game, then this is the spot." -- Sun News Restaurant Review, July 29, 2010.
Book - The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan
Written By: Bruce A. Tollner, Rep 1 Sports Foreword by: Stephen R. Covey, #1 Bestselling Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
Ben on the book: "As a quarterback, I have played on some championship teams—and I have experienced some painful losses. Regardless of the outcome of any one game, my dad has been there to cheer me on. Whether I throw a winning touchdown pass or an interception, I know my dad is there to say, 'Good job, Son, I am proud of you!' My parents have had a major influence on the way I live life, as well as the way I play football. Because of their influence, and that of my coaches and others, I am blessed to be able to live out a childhood dream to play professional football. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan can help you to help your child live out their childhood dreams. Read this book, and put together a winning game plan for your child."—Ben Roethlisberger, two-time Super Bowl Champion Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
To order your copy, just click on the image link above!
Book - Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion, and Perseverance
Written By: Chuck Pagano with Bruce A. Tollner, Rep 1 Sports Foreword by: Tony Dungy
Ben on the Cover