“To be in the Hall of Fame, it’s not just me, it’s the unbelievable teammates I had that helped me along the way. We may not have the most NFL players from the MAC, but some of the best ones that have played the game have come from the MAC and I am proud of that. I am proud to say I am from the MAC, from Miami.” – Ben
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took part in Steelers OTAs on Wednesday, then headed to Cleveland where he was inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 Induction Class.
Roethlisberger, who went to Miami University, is one of five individuals who received the honor at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.
“We may be a small school, a small conference, but guys can make it and win Super Bowls, win championships. It’s such an awesome honor,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and teammates and I owe them a lot.”
Roethlisberger, the Steelers 1st round draft pick in 2004, completed 854 of 1,304 pass attempts for 10,829 yards and 84 touchdowns in his three seasons at Miami. His junior year, a season he said he will always remember, he threw for 4,486 yards and 37 touchdowns en route to a MAC Championship and GMAC Bowl victory.
Roethlisberger ranks first in completion percentage (.655) and touchdowns (84) at Miami, and second in pass attempts (854), completions (1,304), yards (10,829) and total offense (11,075).
“We had great football teams, great offenses, great coaches,” said Roethlisberger. “We were an NFL caliber style, pro-style offense where we threw the ball. We had great football teams and I am so fortunate to be a part of what I think is one of the best teams in college football, my junior year there.”
Roethlisberger was back at the Steelers practice facility on Thursday morning for the team’s next OTA session, something he .
“I had some friends come over and be with us for the event last night and I wanted to stay,” said Roethlisberger. “But it was important for me to be back here today with my teammates. If I can be here as much as I can it’s important to me.”
The Mid-American Conference inducted its 2015 MAC Hall of Fame Class on this evening during the MAC Honor’s Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.
The five inductees are Casey Cunningham (Central Michigan, wrestling), Bob Parks (Eastern Michigan, men’s cross country, men’s track and field), Gary Pinkel (Toledo/Kent State, football) and George Dales (Western Michigan, men’s cross country, men’s track and field) and our own #7, Big Ben (Miami, football):
Former @MiamiRedHawks QB Ben Roethlisberger is here at the MAC Honors Dinner. Will be inducted into HOF tonight.
Former Miami of Ohio quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame on May 27. Appropriately the ceremony took place at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel on Public Square.
Right down the street on West Third, roughly a long touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Hines Ward away, stands FirstEnergy Stadium, formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium.
No matter the name, Roethlisberger as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers has owned the building the Browns call home since his rookie year of 2004. At least he did until last Oct. 12 of last year when the Browns played their best game of the season to drill the Steelers, 31-10, despite losing center Alex Mack for the season because of a broken leg.
“They asked me to come to Cleveland to do this and I said ‘absolutely,’” Roethlisberger said before festivities began. “I love coming to Cleveland.”
The game last year notwithstanding, Roethlisberger, with a record of 8-2, has won more games in Cleveland since his rookie year of 2004 than any Browns quarterback with the exception of Derek Anderson.
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The evening will feature billiards, black jack, horse racing and table games, as well as a silent auction, an open bar and lite fare.
Table games, billiards, horse racing & a silent auction begin
Bar opens & lite fare served
VIP Texas Hold ‘em Tournament
Silent auction ends and prizes awarded
(Must be at least 21 years of age. Dress is casual, but please, no jeans)
The fun continues on the green on Monday, June 22nd!
Golfers are welcomed to the BRF Invitational, which will also feature pre-tournament competitions, chair massages and a wonderful lunch.
Specially designed on-course challenges keep the competition going, even between strokes!
Official Tournament Pro Shop opens
Pre Tournament competitions
Warm up chair massages
One lucky participant will be chosen to putt for $5,000 (50 ft)
Food & beverages on the course
Additional competitions on the course
Anticipated finish time
Tournament food & drinks
Make your plans now to join Ben for a great time for a great cause! You can either attend as a sponsor (sponsorships start at $500), or attend as a guest ($200 per person) here. Guest tickets are limited.
Or, for just $100, you can buy your way into an exclusive crowdfunding opportunity to not only play in Ben’s tournament next month, but attend his event. Without crowdfunding, foursomes start at $3,500. There are just 50 available spots!
The top 12 fundraisers in the BRF Weekend Campaign through crowdfunding & eTeamSponsor will receive a spot in the BRF Weekend activities (one ticket to Triple 7s – an evening of table games, billiards, ping pong, open bar, lite fare and silent auction and one spot in the BRF Invitational Golf Outing on Treesdale Country Club’s Grove and Orchard courses – Ben’s home course).
The Patriots-Steelers matchup in Week 1 would be better off with Tom Brady involved, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said at Tuesday’s session of organized team activities.
Roethlisberger, whose Steelers have faced New England eight times since he was drafted in 2004, jokingly asked if everyone’s sure Brady won’t be in the lineup, a nod to Brady’s looming appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate controversy.
“He’s a guy, I’ve said for a long time, he’s the best in the business, and he proved it again last year winning his fourth [Super Bowl],” Roethlisberger said. “If he’s not out there, it’s not the same. I have a lot of respect for him on the football field and some of the unbelievable things that he’s done. I guess we’ll wait and see what’s finally going to happen.”
I want to take a moment to say Happy Memorial Day to everyone. On a day when we get off work, and we get to BBQ and picnic and have fun with family and friends, there are many men and women serving our great country who are working hard so we can relax and have fun that fun today! Please take a moment and say a prayer – not just for the brave men and women that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us and the soldiers that are serving now, but also for the families of all those brave soldiers as well.
To all the families that are grieving today because of the loss of their loved one, please celebrate the awesome life they had, and know that so many people around the country are not only grateful, but praying for you today because of the sacrifice of your loved one!
Have a great day everyone! Have fun, enjoy your family and friends, and be thankful for the freedoms we can have because of the soldiers. And if you can today, personally thank a vet or soldier or their family for your freedoms! Be blessed everyone! – Ben & the R’bergers
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Memorial Day may herald in the start of summer vacations for many, but donations are already being accepted for the 2015 Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th, 2015.
“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.”
If you would like to sponsor wreaths to be placed on the graves of our military this December, now is the time!
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.
Always outfitted in the latest cammies, jumpsuits and Marine garb, Miles wants to be a Marine when he gets older.
Miles turned six on January 15th, 2015 and when asked what he wanted for his birthday, his response was simply, “Nothing. I don’t need anything!”. I asked him if he would like to ask his friends to bring different items for a care package that we could send to troops oversees. His response was, “Yesss!!!”.
After a search, we came across the 133rd Medical Unit stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Miles had a military-themed birthday party and his friends brought more than fifty pounds of food, toiletries, magazines, pens, and envelopes to send to Afghanistan. He was given the name and address of 1st Lieutenant Jonathan Campbell, or as we came to call him, “Doc”, and sent him a letter, explaining what he did along with pictures from his party. After a month or so with no response, I received a text with a newsletter attached. Reading it aloud to my husband, I looked at him to gauge his reaction as my voice quivered with pride for what my six-year old had just received!
I knew that all of our family outings to parades, speaking engagements and awards ceremonies had been worth it! I had a little boy who selflessly gave up birthday presents so he could make a difference in a person’s life that he had never met. A person who put their life on the line every day in order to keep him safe!
Three days later Miles received a package in the mail with a folded American flag – a flag that was flown for 9 hours and 11 minutes (9-11). A flag that was flown in my son’s honor in Bagram, Afghanistan.
What an honor for him!
Also included in the package were four letters of thanks from the medics of the 133rd. Medics who have seen so many heros come through calling my son a “hero”. This is the cornerstone of a huge, memorable moment in my son’s young life. In the letter from Doc, he told my son that this flag means so many things: things that he is too young to understand right now and will learn later in life. But something he did want Miles to know and remember was:
1. The American flag is a symbol of our freedom and should always be respected and treated carefully. When folded in a triangle you put it on a shelf or in another special area where it’s nice and safe.
2. Look at this flag every day, and when you do, think about your family and friends and how much you love them.
This is something Miles will remember and live every day.
Miles will continue the Wreaths Across America mission, and God willing, continue to Remember, Honor & Teach the next generation of leaders.
*Thank you so much for sharing this with us Renee, and thank you Miles for what you did! You are a HERO!
He was a rifleman in the 422nd Infantry, 106th Division of the First Army. He was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge and was a POW until he was liberated during the Allied Victory in May of 1945. He was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
Seeing that wreath adorning his grave brings both smiles and tears to our faces when we visit during the holiday season. – Erin
And it wouldn’t be Memorial Day Weekend without the return of this special video that not only pays tribute to our military, but also our police & fire heroes:
“All gave some, some gave all…”
If you are unable to view the video above, you can view it here.
And what better way to celebrate “wedding season” than with some Steelers-inspired wedding celebrations?
Edgar & Claudia ~
“First, I would like to thank you again for posting our small wedding video on the Ben site Facebook page. It was the perfect aniversary gift, I’m still smiling about that. It is a pleasure to share these pictures with you. You can see our special custom wedding towel and our invitations as well. By the way, if you saw the film “Mask of Zorro” with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, some photos were taken at the same “hacienda” where we celebrated our wedding.” – Edgar Gonzalez Avila
You can see more of Edgar & Claudia’s beautiful wedding here (bottom of page 1 and on to page 2).
A “thank you” to Ben from Bryan & Sara ~
“A year ago my wife, Sara, and I got married at The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. During the ceremony our ring bearer used a Pittsburgh Steelers football (signed by our wedding party) to carry our rings down the aisle – as diehard fans we had to incorporate the Steelers in some way.
After planning our return trip to celebrate our one year anniversary I contacted our Ritz Wedding Coordinator, Debbie Southworth, and asked about the possibility of getting Ben to sign our ball. We really did not have high expectations, but I knew Ben spent time here in the spring and has always been great to his fans. As luck would have it Debbie came through and greeted us with the ball (she had found Ben on the golf course and said that he was happy to sign it). Honestly having Ben’s autograph on our wedding football just put an exclamation point on our weekend before it even began.
We did not think our anniversary weekend could have gotten better – but it did.
That evening Sara and I had reservations at Linger Longer Steakhouse and as we began our main course we recognized a familiar group being seated about 20 feet from us – it was Ben and a handful of RBs/WRs. We could not believe this was actually happening, and as a lifelong fan I felt like a little kid again. After we finished our dinner (and Ben’s table had not yet been served) we knew we had about a minute to do something. So we approached their table and I quickly introduced myself to Ben and thanked him for signing our ball. He could not have been nicer or more sincere in congratulating Sara and I on our wedding and the whole table was great too. After our brief chat we apologized for interrupting their meal and promptly left for our hotel.
I am not sure if we will ever have the opportunity to meet Ben again, but I do know Steeler Nation could not be more proud to have Ben as our leader. We look forward to continuing to support and cheer for our Steelers. Here we go!” – Bryan Antic
You can see larger versions of Bryan & Sara’s photos here.
Eric & Amanda ~
“We had our Black and Gold wedding on September 6th, 2014. Along with our bridal party, we waved Terrible Towels to the song, ‘Renegade’ as we entered the reception! We went to Heinz Field on September 7th to watch the Steelers win against the Browns (30-27) for our honeymoon!” – Amanda Mann
3:00PM (ET):”Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Minnesota Vikings” - Steelers running back Franco Harris rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown earning Super Bowl MVP honors as the Steelers beat the Vikings 16-6.
3:30PM (ET): “Super Bowl X : Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers” - The Steelers won their second straight Super Bowl championship defeating the Cowboys 21-17. Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann was named MVP after gaining 161 yards and a touchdown.
4:00PM (ET): “Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys” – Steelers become first team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls, defeating Cowboys 35-31. Terry Bradshaw wins MVP after passing for record 4 touchdowns and 318 yards.
4:30PM (ET): “Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Los Angeles Rams” - The Steelers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 to become the first team in NFL history to win four Super Bowls. Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named MVP after throwing for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
5:00PM (ET) “Super Bowl XL: Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers” - Hines Ward propels the Steelers to victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL February 5, 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
5:30PM (ET): “Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals” (2/1/09) - Ben Roethlisberger lead the Steelers to a dramatic come-from-behind victory in a wild back-and-forth game that set 12 Super Bowl records; Pittsburgh secured its record 6th Super Bowl with the win.
6:00PM (ET): “Top 10 Pittsburgh Steelers” - The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Lombardi Trophies and have sixteen players in the Hall of Fame. If you had to pick ten of them – who would they be?
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.
2015 STEELERS SCHEDULE
Pre-Season – Vikings
HOF GAME – 8PM NBC
Pre-Season – @ Jaguars
Pre-Season – Packers
Pre-Season – @ Bills
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Big Ben: Induction into the MAC HOF on May 27th, 2015.
"Five iconic names in MAC history—Casey Cunningham, Bob Parks, Ben Roethlisberger, Gary Pinkel, George Dales—to be inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame on May 27, 2015." -- Official MAC website.
If 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
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Book - Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion, and Perseverance
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