“We extend our gratitude to Ben Roethlisberger and his foundation for donating funds to purchase a police K-9. This grant will allow the police department to enhance the service that it provides to the community by adding a new K-9 team on patrol. It is evident that Mr. Roethlisberger is a committed community partner, and we will be forever grateful for the support from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.” — Lieutenant Ian S. Bucs, Unit Supervisor, Willingboro Township Police Department.
During the 2016 NFL season, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is 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. Ben invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs this past summer.
This marks the 10th season that Ben has distributed grants to K-9 units. His 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, PA.
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2015 NFL season, including $93,250 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.5 million since 2007.
Would you like to get involved?
Fans can support future K-9 grants by joining Ben’s crowdfunding campaign on https://pledgeit.org/big-ben. Ben is pledging $1,000 per throwing touchdown this season to his foundation. Supporters can increase the impact by pledging to donate any amount per touchdown.
This year’s event will be hosted by the Gloucester Township, NJ Police Department (just eight miles east of Philadelphia), and runs from September 25th to the 30th. They are expecting 150 police K9 teams to participate in this year’s trials!
All events are open to the public from 8am until 2pm (approximate end time). Donations to the Camden County Animal Shelter will be accepted at gate
You can get more info on this amazing event right here.
Thank you Ben!
We are beyond amazed and grateful for the things that Ben does in the K9 community. My husband was a K-9 Deputy for 8 years in Florida, and he did 3 years and Iraq working with a bomb dog. We now own a kennel in Tennessee called Kilo 2 Working Dogs Kennels, where we sell police dogs. Our website is www.K9LifeClothing.com. Again, Ben is absolutely amazing and he holds a special place in our hearts for helping the K9 community. — Thank you so much, Jenny & Tim Rowand.
It will be a battle of the Pennsylvania undefeated teams this weekend when the Steelers and Eagles face off at Lincoln Financial Field.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger knows it’s going to be a battle, as the Eagles defense will present a huge challenge, especially up front.
“They are very good,” said Roethlisberger. “Fletcher (Cox) and the rest of those guys, they get speed on the outside getting around the edges and then Fletcher and the other guys get push up the middle. That is where it starts for them, getting pressure on the quarterback. Maybe not blitzing all of the time, but counting on those four, five, six man rushes to get it done.”
While the season is still young, the Eagles defense ranks fourth overall in the NFL and Roethlisberger can see why.
“They put you behind the chains,” said Roethlisberger. “First and second down, making you in second-and-long, third-and-long situations so then their zones, they can sit back and rush the passer. Then how good they are in the red zone, not allowing any points.”
The defense isn’t the only area where the Eagles are dangerous. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has come out of the gates strong, and is making the necessary adjustments a young quarterback needs to.
“The speed of everything that happens. Reading a defense, understanding your offense, all have to happen really fast,” said Roethlisberger. “I think he is doing a really good job of that now, just letting the game come to him. Not forcing it. You see him throwing balls away, not trying to make too many crazy throws down the field, and then using his legs when needed.
“He is a really smart guy, smart player, physically gifted. His preparation is very good.”
It wasn’t just the Eagles that Roethlisberger talked about, as having a healthy group of receivers back at his disposal with the return of Markus Wheaton is definitely a positive for the offense.
“(He is) a guy that has been here, knows the offense, good speed,” said Roethlisberger. “Someone I have trust and faith in as well.”
With Wheaton back, and having Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Eli Rogers, Roethlisberger has a good problem on his hands with such an arsenal.
“It’s competition,” said Roethlisberger. “If they can play well enough to keep the other guys off the field that should be their goal.”
One player who won’t be kept off the field is Brown. Even though he had only four receptions for 39 yards last week against the Bengals, he made contributions other ways and his numbers will definitely be on the rise.
“He is the best in the world,” said Roethlisberger. “We won the game, that is most important and I think that is most important to him too. He will get his catches. He will get his yards. He will help us win football games. He is helping us even when he is catching three or four balls because he is taking a lot of attention away from other guys. That is the reason the tight ends were open across the middle, because he is attracting two or three sets of eyes. He is helping us win even when he is not catching balls.”
A little more from Ben:
On if he was surprised the Browns passed on Carson Wentz:
“Yes. I thought he was AFC North all the way.”
On if the offense was made simpler for him when he was a rookie:
“I don’t know. I was blessed with a great defense, and you weren’t afraid to make mistakes because you knew they were either going to get the ball back for you, or stop them. (We had) A great running game with Jerome (Bettis), and Willie (Parker), and Duece (Staley) and those guys. They didn’t ask me to do too much, we didn’t ask our offense to do too much. I think (Bill) Cowher’s stats when leading at half time—I threw the ball three time in the second half so many times because we were leading. That’s just the team we were, the team we were dictated the offense, I think.”
On how he determined whether to wear a glove last week:
“I don’t like to wear it when it’s raining. I want to feel the ball with my own skin. Really windy or really cold, I’ll consider it. But for the most part, I’ve kind of gotten away from wearing one on my right hand.”
On the scramble when he connected with Coates last week:
“We try to practice things like that in practice, when I try to scramble, scramble drill-type of things. I thought he did a great job. There was no hesitation, I kind of pointed for him to go deep and he took off right away and made a great play. That’s some really good positive stuff you see from a young guy who hasn’t had a lot of experience and playing time with me.”
On how to keep a rhythm when the receivers are rotating:
“We rotate in practice. I’m throwing to every one of them every day, multiple times. For me, when they’re out there I should know who’s out there. It should just be a constant flow of whose going. I have faith in all them and they have faith in me that we can get it done.”
“You guys know me, I could care less about records. The records I want to get are Super Bowls….I’ve said many times, I’d rather throw five interceptions and still win the game, than throw five touchdowns and lose. I think all of us need to keep that mindset, that winning is number 1.” — Ben, when asked about breaking NFL & team records.
Following his teams 24-16 AFC North victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined The Cook and Poni Show on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan for his weekly #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show.
Despite getting the win and starting the season 2-0, Ben said after watching the tape, he saw some mistakes the entire team could work on.
“You know, I thought that there were a lot of mistakes by all of us, little ones,” Ben said. “Nothing major, there weren’t a bunch of mistakes on one particular play.”
There was an expectation that the game between the two bitter rivals might turn ugly last week, to the point where the league put its officials on notice. Ben told us what it was like on the field between the two teams and how he feels today.
“You know what it felt like? It felt like a good AFC North football game. It was physical. I mean, I’m super sore today, a lot of us are sore. It was hard-fought. There was nothing cheap, there was nothing dirty that I saw…none of that.”
Despite getting the victory, it wasn’t a great statistical day for the Steelers offense and Ben was asked about how Antonio Brown feels after games like that as it has been speculated that he could have one of the best statistical seasons for a wide receiver in league history.
“AB’s going to get his catches, he’s going to get his yards because he’s the best in the business and we all know that. We just need AB not to get down if he has a game like this,” Ben said. “He knows he’s the best, we all know he’s the best…and he wants to break records, I mean records are meant to be broken. It’s awesome when you do it. It’s awesome when you help teammates break records but at the end of the day, I think AB just wants to win a championship.”
Things wrapped up with Ben as he looked ahead to next weeks matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, a place he has yet to record a victory.
Ben has only played in Philly once in his career and doesn’t have great memories of that game.
“I’m not a big ‘remembering games’ type guy, especially losses, but that’s one that I do remember vividly. I remember getting sacked 8 or 9 times. I remember driving home from the airport after that game and thinking to myself, ‘do I want to keep doing this? Do I really want to keep playing football.”
“Roethlisberger throws 3 touchdown passes as Steelers beat Bengals, 24-16”
There was heavy hitting and old fashioned football but little ugliness in a series that has seen too much of it as the Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-16, at Heinz Field today.
Relying heavily on the ground game, Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes, none to a wide receiver. Tight ends Xavier Grimble caught the first for 20 yards and Jesse James the next for nine. DeAngelo Williams, starring for the second straight week on offense, caught another for four yards that put the Steelers rather comfortably in front 24-9 with 6:48 to go.
That comfort level dipped when the Bengals drove 75 yards to their only touchdown with 3:25 left, Giovani Bernard took a short pass from Andy Dalton and squirmed out of two tackles by rookies Artie Burns and Sean Davis for a 25-yard touchdown.
Until then, the Steelers defense had held the Bengals to three field goals.
The Bengals had a last chance when they got the ball back with three minutes left on their 25. They moved to a first down at the Steelers’ 39 when rookie Tyler Boyd, an alumnus of Clairton High School and Pitt caught a short pass over the middle, where he was met by James Harrison. Boyd fumbled; Robert Golden picked it up, and the game was secured with 1:50 left.
The victory lifted the Steelers to 2-0 and the Bengals fell to 1-1.
As Drew Carfrae watched the Steelers practice, the smile on his face grew wider and wider.
“It’s amazing. It’s just amazing to be here,” said Carfrae. “I am a huge Steelers fan. I never thought I would be this close to them. It’s crazy, awesome.”
Carfrae, who is from Waverly, Iowa, was at practice and will be at the Steelers-Bengals game on Sunday as a guest of the Steelers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
When practice ended, Carfrae’s wish came true as one after another the players came over to take pictures with him, sign autographs, and in the case of linebacker James Harrison, leave him speechless. Carfrae, who is 17, became a Steelers fan after watching Harrison return an interception 100-yards in the Steelers Super Bowl XLIII win over the Arizona Cardinals. Harrison gave him his gloves after practice, posed for a picture, spent time chatting with him and signed items for him.
“That was insane. Crazy,” said Carfrae. “This is great. He asked me if I wanted his gloves. I was like, really. This is more than I could have expected. I still can’t believe I got James Harrison’s gloves.”
You can see more great photos from Drew’s day here.
My partner, Urgo, was 13-years old when he passed away on Friday, August 12th.
He worked for the Rogers, Arkansas Police Department for 10 years. He was involved in several high profile arrest in the area. He visited area schools on a regular basis. He was the NNDDA (National Narcotic Detector Dog Association) Patrol Dog State Champion for the Arkansas Region Overall in 2008, and the State Runner Up in 2006.
He was credited with several high profile narcotics arrests in the Northwest Arkansas area, including seizures of 25 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value at a half million dollars and a cash seizure of $275,000 – both on traffic stops. He was also credited for saving not only my life, but the life of a 10 year old boy during a traffic stop where he was deployed to apprehend a suspect that had assaulted me. The suspect had several felony warrants outstanding, and was also in possession of Methamphetamine.
My partner and I made over 25 visits to the area schools for demonstrations.
Urgo wasn’t a part of Big Ben’s grant project, but it is an awesome thing that he does. I know he is a dog lover and a police supporter and for that, I thank him!
These police K9s are a necessity for any police department in today’s environment. They easily pay for themselves within a couple years time with the amount of narcotics that they take off the street, the lives they save – including ours, and the piece of mind they give their human partners.
I believe that Ben’s foundation is one of true blessings for law enforcement today! It is amazing that someone in his position would not only raise, but also give his own money to help purchase these dogs to help us in fighting crime and saving lives, and also offering us extra protection and peace of mind while performing our duties.
Urgo will be dearly missed by this Steelers family! — Officer Joe Warren.
They never think about themselves
no challenge is too great,
They’ll risk their life for anyone
and never hesitate.
They don’t expect a medal for
what comes so naturally,
The only thing they really need
is Love from you and me.
These Heroes are a special breed
God made each one that way,
I didn’t understand until
they buried mine today.
By: Freda H. Babinski
Big Ben’s Touchdowns for K9’s –
“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.
This football season, Ben is pledging $1,000 per throwing touchdown to his foundation. Supporters can increase the impact by pledging to donate any amount per touchdown at https://pledgeit.org/big-ben.
For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.
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Happy Birthday Wishes To
Annette Amerando (Sep 18)
Lisa Birks (Sep 18)
Zena Farkus (Sep 18)
Jackie "Jax" Furman (Sep 18)
Brenden Horn (Sep 18)
Tina Johnson (Sep 18)
Xavier Kane (Sep 18)
Travis Schaney (Sep 18)
Troy Bowline (Sep 19)
Erin Coughlin (Sep 19)
Judy Kirsch (Sep 19)
Diane Miller (Sep 28)
Kris Nelson (Sep 19)
Aubree Payne (Sep 19)
Cordell Picerno (Sep 19)
Barbara Frith (Sep 20)
Daniel Reed (Sep 20)
Barb Crigger (Sep 21)
Althea Dilelio (Sep 21)
Connie Ehrhart (Sep 21)
Bev Haggerty (Sep 21)
Dylan Hernandez (Sep 21)
Josh Holtrop (Sep 21)
Mike Karauca (Sep 21)
Rand Rothlisberger (Sep 21)
Jaci Ullom (Sep 21)
Hunter Arnold (Sep 22)
Lila Chapman (Sep 22)
James E. Frazier, Sr. (Sep 22)
Delanie Gross (Sep 22)
Zandra Lucero (Sep 22)
Chris Minton (Sep 22)
Elijah Williams (Sep 22)
Bradley Basich (Sep 23)
Michael Hershey (Sep 23)
Donald Lentz, Jr. (Sep 23)
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William Studniarz (Sep 23)
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Shirley Brunet (Sep 24)
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Dylan Bodner (Sep 25)
Jenise Gilbert (Sep 25)
Brendan Horn (Sep 25)
Drew Krajicek (Sep 25)
Maureen Thomas (Sep 25)
Kevin Carter (Sep 26)
Joni Jenkins (Sep 26)
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Rylee Parker (Sep 26)
Nicolas Pol (Sep 26)
Toni Marie Risch (Sep 26)
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Brandon Crone (Sep 27)
Alexander Hammers (Sep 27)
Mike Hammond (Sep 27)
Yvette Walker (Sep 27)
Eric Wright (Sep 27)
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Judy Hollifield (Sep 28)
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Donald Strother, Jr. (Sep 28)
Walt Galanowsky (Sep 29)
Abby Henderson (Sep 29)
Stefano Mallocci (Sep 29)
Dusty Morrison (Sep 29)
Emily Ryan Reed (Sep 29)
Kay Barnes (Sep 30)
Nathan Anthony Ciufo (Sep 30)
Becky Cooley (Sep 30)
Carolyn Ferguson (Sep 30)
Ryan Hastings (Sep 30)
Blayden Howard (Sep 30)
Samantha Jones (Sep 30)
Bob Simmons (Sep 30)
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Ronald McDonald House Charities - Pittsburgh Area
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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
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
The words from Coach Hep's favorite poem, "Don't Quit" were not recited just to motivate his players before a game - they were a way of life for him. Ben keeps a copy of that poem taped to his locker.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.