The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation: 2018 Grant Cycle is open

May 15th, 2018 by

Ben has announced the opening of the 2018 grant cycle of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

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This marks the 12th season of grants for his Foundation.The majority of grants distributed will help police & fire department K-9 units purchase dogs & dog safety vests, but other needs are also considered.

The Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2018 NFL season including Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Denver, Oakland and New Orleans. Ben invites police and fire departments in these eight communities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

In addition, his Foundation will continue to make grants to several police and fire department K-9 units in the Pittsburgh area following Super Bowl LIII.

Ben’s mission 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. Ben also strives to support Make-A-Wish and other nonprofit organizations assisting children in need in cities where he has lived and played football.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2017 NFL season, including $82,000 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.92 million since 2007.

Applications and supporting documents must be mailed and postmarked by August 15. Click HERE for all the details on how to apply!


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


It’s Mother’s Day!

May 13th, 2018 by


Mommy, we want to say thank you for being the best mommy in the whole wide world, you are always there for us and there for everything we could ever need – from hugs and kisses to help with homework. We could never say thank you enough. We love you so much. — Benjamin, Bay and Bo.



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Modern Day Bathing Beauties!!



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Tickle Me Elmo? No thanks, we have a Tickle Me Mommy!!



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Painting Easter eggs is wayyy better when Mommy helps me (and cleans me up afterwards)!



I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, grandmothers, mother-in-law, and all the other mothers in my family…and especially the mother of my children, Ashley. You are an amazing mother, wife and woman. Thanks for being the best mommy to our children. They are so lucky to have you. Love you! ❤


I also want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I hope and pray you have a great day! I know we only celebrate mothers one day of the year, but we should celebrate you every day of the year. Have a Blessed day! — Ben.




Mason Rudolph: ‘Ben reached out to me’

May 11th, 2018 by

From Teresa Varley this afternoon at Steelers.com:

One of his new teammates he isn’t working with this weekend, but is looking forward to getting to know, is fellow quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. After Rudolph was drafted, Roethlisberger questioned selecting a quarterback that high when he still planned on playing three-to-five more years.

Rudolph, though, said there weren’t any issues and Roethlisberger texted him on Thursday, wishing him luck during minicamp and telling him he was looking forward to getting to meet him when the entire team starts working together during OTAs.

“Ben reached out to me,” said Rudolph. “He is excited to get in when rookie minicamp gets done and start getting after it. He reached out, said good luck in rookie minicamp. I was appreciative of that. I haven’t met him yet, but I am looking forward to meeting him.

“I think the media got twisted around a little bit. He is a competitor. He is a Hall of Fame quarterback. He is a competitive guy. That is what I would expect. He is a long time starter. I am sure when we get in this building, in this room, we are going to be friends. I am going to let him do his thing. I am going to pick up from him what I can from him but not bother him.”


You can read more from Ms. Varley here, and watch video of Mason’s interview here.


How about you?

April 30th, 2018 by



Do you have your youngster registered yet? No? Then stop by ProCamps and get ‘er done before all the spots are taken!

See you on June 17th!


“This kid has a lot of upside”

April 25th, 2018 by

Teresa Varley, Steelers.com: Looks like Bill Cowher was spot on when talking about Ben Roethlisberger in 2004.

November142004Roethlisberger came in with limited experience at the quarterback position, playing the position just one year in high school and leaving Miami of Ohio after his junior year. But as history has shown, it was a pick that has paid dividends, with Roethlisberger leading the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles while breaking countless records along the way.

But it all started during the NFL Draft, and here is a look back at what Roethlisberger had to say immediately after being drafted by the Steelers, and what then Coach Bill Cowher said about him.

Ben Roethlisberger’s 2004 Draft Day comments –


On his timetable as far as starting:
“It is hard say without talking to Coach (Cowher). I am more than willing to do whatever it is that Coach asks of me that is best for the team, whether that is coming in and play right now or learn behind Tommy (Maddox) for a little while. Whatever it is that the team asks of me and is best for the team, I am more than willing to do.”

On if he thinks it’s possible he could start as a rookie:
“I don’t know, if they ask me to then I will be ready to do whatever I can. The big thing is that hopefully, if Tommy Maddox is willing to, I would like to learn as much as I can from him being a veteran and the quarterback there that he is. I am more than willing to learn everything that he is willing to teach me.”


Coach Bill Cowher on Roethlisberger on draft day:

Nov72004On what he likes about the way Roethlisberger plays:
“When you look at him athletically, a lot of people have talked about athletically he may have a lot better attributes than some of the other two picked in front of him, but I think certainly the experience factor, certainly the questions of where he played.

“I think this kid has a lot of upside. Again, the thing he lacks is experience. I think he’s only going to get better the more he plays.”

On what sold the team on selecting Roethlisberger:
“The more you studied him, just when you watched him, the more information you gathered on him, I think you looked at those three quarterbacks, and they clearly separated themselves I think from the rest of the group. So it was just putting them in order.

“The more you watch the guy, his arm strength, his mobility, his accuracy on the run, on the move. I think you look at our situation, it was an ideal situation for him to come into.”

On if he will sit, or start right away:
“We’ll wait and see what happens. There’s no pre-conceived thoughts. With four quarterbacks, this is a good situation to be in because of the veterans we have in front of him, because of the veterans we have on our offensive football team.

“If there is a situation for a young quarterback to not come in and feel the pressures of having to turn a football team around, we think this is one of those situations that exists.”


You can read more here.


With the 11th pick in the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select…

April 22nd, 2018 by

Back by popular demand: It was on April 24, 2004 –

“I was in New York. I had my mom and dad with me, my sister was there and my agent. My college coach at the time and his wife were there. Everyone kind of had their speculations of ‘what number’ and what team. The teams we thought were going to take me didn’t, but it ended up working out perfectly for me.” — Ben, from the video, “Recalling Draft Day”.



Ben arrives at Madison Square Garden that Saturday morning with plenty of supporters in his corner – his family, his agents Leigh Steinberg and Ryan Tollner, and his college coach, Terry Hoeppner and his wife Jane.

DraftDay_Eli_BenAt 11:20PM: Ben and four others – Eli Manning, Roy Williams, Robert Gallery, and Kellen Winslow Jr. – are introduced to the crowd.

Green Room waiting –

• 12:25PM: NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announces that the San Diego Chargers have selected Eli Manning with the No. 1 pick. Eli emerges from stage right and is greeted by unwelcoming chants by the Chargers fans in attendance.

• 12:58PM: NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announces that the New York Giants have selected NC State quarterback Philip Rivers with the No. 4 pick. Soon thereafter the trade with the Chargers is announced – Eli Manning is headed to New York, Philip Rivers to San Diego. Both fan bases seem pleased with the outcome….as Ben waits for his turn.

• 1:57PM: Pittsburgh is on the clock. “We see Ben Roethlisberger on the phone,” ESPN announces for the television audience. Sure enough, it’s Steelers coach Bill Cowher calling to tell Ben the Steelers are going to select him with the No. 11 pick.

• 2:00PM: NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announces that Ben is indeed headed for Pittsburgh. Ben arrives on stage and dons a Steelers ballcap and holds up a Steelers jersey.

• 2:01PM: The Steelers fans in the crowd begin to chant, “Ben, Ben, Ben….”

• 2:02PM: Just off stage, Ben does a press conference for television reporters and then disappears from the public room to do a few interviews with the Pittsburgh media.

• 2:43PM: Ben emerges from the players’ party room where a press conference with print media is set up. An ESPN media representative announces, “Call from Steelers owner Mr. Rooney…” Ben takes the phone and his first words, “Yes sir, Mr. Rooney…”.

• 2:48PM: After another media conference and a round of short one-on-one interviews that last until close to 3:30 p.m., Ben heads for the door – Steelers jersey still slung over his left shoulder.


“We felt if Ben would drop to No. 11, we’re not up here every year in the draft, and a quality player like that is hard to pass up. He’s right there with Eli and Philip. The thing that separates him is experience. Ben only played one year in high school and three in college…It’s a good situation we have with the veterans in front of him, and not feel the pressure of having to turn the team around immediately.” — Former Steelers Coach Bill Cowher, on selecting Ben over a running back, April 24, 2004.



From a Draft Day report that appeared on the Sports Illustrated website later that evening:

NFLDraft_BenIf anybody had the right to feel exasperated watching the Eli Manning-Philip Rivers saga unfold Saturday, it was Ben Roethlisberger.

Even after his name finally was called by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 11th overall selection, Roethlisberger had to endure a news conference in which half of the questions were about Manning’s power play to stay out of San Diego.

The other half were thinly veiled insults at the quality of play Roethlisberger faced in the Mid-American Conference, as if he should apologize for having attended Miami of Ohio instead of the other Miami — the one that had six players drafted among the top 21 picks of this draft.

It’s hard to argue with Roethlisberger’s track record at Miami, where he led the school to a MAC championship and its first bowl victory in 28 years, a 49-28 win over Louisville in the 2003 GMAC Bowl. As a three-year starter, he passed for 10,829 yards and 84 touchdowns.

“The attention has been on Eli all week and that’s fine with me,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m gonna let [Manning and Rivers] get all the attention they want right now. When I start playing, that’s when I’m going to be getting the attention.”


(The link to this NFL Draft report is no longer available.)


“Judging by body language, I think he is really happy, They have great receivers and most important, they have a great program. I think it worked out well.” — Ken Roethlisberger on his son’s Draft Day, from the interview below.



From Kevin Chlum, at “The Miami Student”:

6-0There are few NFL teams hated in Oxford, Ohio, more than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Much to the dismay of many Miamians, former RedHawk quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was selected by the Steelers as the 11th pick in the 2004 NFL draft Saturday.

Roethlisberger became the highest drafted player in Miami history.

“The Steelers are a real good fit [for Ben],” Miami coach Terry Hoeppner said. “They are probably the best team of the three quarterbacks who went early. For your ego, you want to go as high as possible, but the more important thing for the future is the right organization.”

Roethlisberger was one of few draftees invited to Madison Square Garden for the draft and many experts predicted him to be selected within the top five picks. But as the draft unfolded, it became clear Roethlisberger would fall.

Ken Roethlisberger was relieved to have the anticipation over. “You better believe that I was relieved,” Ken said. “We had fun while in New York, we went to a Yankees game and a Knicks game, but [Saturday] morning was kind of tense.”


(Mr. Chlum’s article is no longer available online.)


“The Steelers also are eagerly pursuing Rivers in the final days before the draft, envisioning him as the eventual replacement for Tommy Maddox and a fallback candidate this year, in the event of an emergency. Rivers, who already has earned his degree in business and holds the NCAA record with 51 career starts, is considered a quick study and a better bet to succeed in his rookie season than Miami (Ohio)’s Ben Roethlisberger, who is leaving school with a year of collegiate eligibility remaining.” — Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the night before the draft – April 23, 2004.




You can take a look back at Ben’s “Path to the Draft” here.


(The above timeline was made from a combination of notes, television coverage, and highlights from Draft articles that are no longer available online)



And the day after….

“If one of those backs would have slid, we were not going to hesitate to grab him. It’s just like the quarterback position. We felt good about that, but Roethlisberger slid and we got him, and we bettered our football team.” — Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, on selecting a quarterback over a running back – from an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 26, 2004.




From Don Banks’ column, “Draft Day winners & losers” on SI.com:

Winners -2, the Steelers were lucky enough to sit tight at No. 11 and still get the quarterback of the future that they so desperately craved. True, the Steelers would have rather had Rivers than Roethlisberger, believing the N.C. State star is more ready to play right away, but the stars still aligned in a nice way for Pittsburgh. Once upon a time, a team would draft a franchise quarterback prospect even if it had a quality starter on the roster. But not in the cap era, it’s too costly. So with the teams in the No. 5 through 10 slots all set at quarterback, the Steelers benefited from Roethlisberger’s tumble.


(Mr. Banks’ column is no longer available online.)


“We’re not looking to rebuild this year. We’re looking to win this division and get into the playoffs and win a championship.” — Steelers Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert, from an interview in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 26, 2004.




Now not everyone back then was on the Big Ben Welcome Wagon….


From Mike Prisuta’s column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the day after the Draft:

In the days leading up to Saturday and in the minutes immediately following the No. 11 overall selection, Bill Cowher kept insisting the Steelers didn’t expect to be drafting this high very often.

But in the wake of taking Ben Roethlisberger in the first round, you have to wonder if picking in the vicinity of the top 10 isn’t about to become habit forming.

Same time next year, fellas?

Coming off a six-win season and having missed the playoffs in four of the last six years, the Steelers are in a rebuilding mode rather than a retooling one.

Roethlisberger, from Miami (Ohio) and second-round pick Ricardo Colclough, from Tusculum College, are upside guys who won’t have much of an immediate impact provided they make any at all as rookies.

You’d expect more from No. 11 overall.

Then again, the Steelers should have expected more than they got from Troy Polamalu at No. 16 overall a season ago.

Recent history suggests Roethlisberger is as likely to turn into the next Tim Couch as he is the next Bledsoe, but the Steelers decided to swing for the fences, anyway, rather than to continue simply moving the runners.


(Mr. Prisuta’s column is no longer available online.)


“I’m not Tommy Maddox; can’t be Tommy Maddox. I’m just going to do the best I can.” — Ben, to reporters after his first NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens, September 19, 2004.



The 2018 Steelers schedule

April 20th, 2018 by

And what “they’re” saying…

Teresa Varley, Steelers.com: Steelers will once again be featured in five primetime games


Bob Labriola, Steelers.com: Rooney analyzes his team’s 2018 schedule


Kevin Seifert, ESPN: Winners, losers of the 2018 NFL schedule


Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Steelers, 49ers lead six contenders with best schedules


And last, but most assuredly the best…

Steelers.com (video): The toddlers take


*You can keep track of the schedule by just checking the bottom of this page!


Ben’s 10th Annual Football Camp will be here before you know it!

April 17th, 2018 by

Are you signed up yet?

The Ben Roethlisberger Football ProCamp will be returning to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on June 17th!


“Our boys went last year, they had a blast!— Christie Kruise Minnick.


Campers will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with #7 himself.

And by the end of an exciting day, each camper will receive a souvenir autograph from BEN, have the opportunity to catch a pass from BEN, and receive a team photo with BEN.


“I took my grandsons to Ben’s camp for 6 years. It was exceptional! Ben is awesome with the kids! Sadly, they are too old to go now. I highly recommend Ben’s camp!” — Anita Doddroe.



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As usual, Ben will be on-site to direct the event and will be joined by a selection of prep and college coaches from the area. The event is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. Proceeds benefit the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


“Can’t say enough wonderful things about this camp! We’ve attended ‘Ben Camp’ a number of years, but last year at UPMC was special! My son is bummed he aged out of the program this year otherwise we’d be there! Thanks Ben for all you do!” — Debbie Musser.



A HUGE SHOUT-OUT to his camp’s premier partner, #1 Cochran. Media partners include 97.3 The Fan and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. And of course, thank you to our event partners Citi, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, and Energice.



Registration and more information is available at BenRoethlisbergerCamp.com.


You can see all the great photos from Ben’s past camps shared by parents & grandparents here.



There’s no such thing…

April 14th, 2018 by

as the “off-season” in Steeler Nation!


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Valentin’s grandsons, 3-year old Val, III & 2-month Vincent are just waiting for the season to start (and making sure they have the best seats in front of the TV.)



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Erin Hutchings beach set up ALWAYS includes the Terrible Towel! Is it summer yet?



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Nathan Holmes may be deployed to Afghanistan at the moment, but the Steelers are always on his mind, and his ears! He told us he is, “Extremely ready for football season to start!”. Stay safe Nathan!!



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Bharat Chandra’s little girl was just born into it! Congratulations!



No risk, no reward!

April 11th, 2018 by

Ben makes a young boy’s dream come true!

In a video posted to Twitter, Cindy Koehler asks her son, Caleb, if he could meet one person in the world, who would it be?



Without hesitation, Caleb says, “Ben Roethlisberger.” She asks Caleb what he would do if he got the chance to hang out with Big Ben and catch a pass from him.

“I would probably hyperventilate and pass out,” Caleb responds.

Cindy told him she would tweet it out to Ben.

“Thank you, do it. No risk, no reward.” Caleb said with a shrug and a giggle.

Well, the video spread quickly, and before you know it, Ben responded with a video himself.


“Hi Caleb. I saw the tweet that your mom put out and I thought it was pretty cool. You’re no risk, no reward. I really like that so I thought maybe I’d try to reward you and invite you personally to my football camp on June 17th. I think you’d have a lot of fun, and maybe I’ll be able to throw you a pass and you’ll be able to catch it and show everybody what kind of skills you have.”



As you might imagine, Caleb was pretty excited to receive the message.

Later, Caleb sent a follow-up video to thank Big Ben for making his dream come true.



“It’s an honor to just see your video and have my name in it. Thank you so much for inviting me to your football camp. I can’t wait to come. I’ve loved football for a very long time and I can’t wait to meet you in person. This is seriously a dream come true, thank you so much!”



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His teacher showed the videos to everyone in his class!

It’s safe to say that Caleb wis the most popular student in his school this week…and maybe for the rest of the year!


See you in June, Caleb!!



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2018 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/09 @ Browns 1:00 pm – CBS
9/16 Chiefs 1:00 pm – CBS
9/24 @ Buccaneers 8:15 pm – ESPN
9/30 Ravens 8:20 pm – NBC
10/7 Falcons 1:00 pm – FOX
10/14 @ Bengals 1:00 pm – CBS
10/21 BYE N/A
10/28 Browns 1:00 pm – CBS
11/4 @ Ravens 1:00 pm – CBS
11/8 Panthers 8:20 pm – FOX/NFLN
11/18 Jaguars 8:20 pm – NBC
11/25 @ Broncos 4:25 pm – CBS
12/2 Chargers 1:00 pm – CBS
12/9 @ Raiders 8:20 pm – NBC
12/16 Patriots 4:25 pm – CBS
12/23 @ Saints 4:25 pm – CBS
12/30 Bengals 1:00 pm – CBS