What’s better on a Spring day…

April 27th, 2016 by

than a little tackle football with Dad?

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Oh no!!! #7 has been sacked by not one, but TWO tough defenders!!



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And there’s a fumble….and it looks like a scramble for the ball!



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But…but Mr. Referee, I didn’t mean to get unnecessarily rough, truly I didn’t. He’s just tough to bring down!



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Whew!! #7 is able to recover the ball AND fight off both defensive (but adorable) threats AND takes it in for a Steelers touchdown. The crowd goes wild!!



Big Ben & The Bus

April 25th, 2016 by

…were this year’s guest captains during the U.S. Open’s Media Day.


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“For the third time since 1994, Oakmont Country Club will host the U.S. Open, an event that was kicked off this year by two of the most beloved Steelers of all-time in Big Ben and Bettis.” — Bryan DeArdo, 247 Sports.



USGA asked, “What’s more intimidating: Playing in the NFL or stepping to the tee at Oakmont?”



You can keep up with all the latest news from this year’s US Open here.



From KDKA this evening:

Roethlisberger said he beat Bettis out there on Monday, but still walked off the course knowing what the pro golfers are in store for in two months.

“I think it depends on what they do with the rough. The greens today, they were very firm. They weren’t real fast to putt, but they were very firm and it was hard to hold shots,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “So, I don’t know, it think it depends on if the USGA wants the plus to win or if they want the low scores. They can do whatever they want out here, it’s pretty dangerous.”


You can read more & see video here.


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

April 24th, 2016 by

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 NFL Combine here, and his Pro Day workout 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.



Thank you Ben!

April 23rd, 2016 by

“When Big Ben is at your basketball tournament!!”


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Ben stops to pose with Mallory and her friends Abbie, Ashten, Maia, and Emilee.

“We appreciate that he took the picture with us. He was very kind! — Mallory.



*Mallory, thank you for sharing your photo with us!


If you can’t join ’em, beat ’em!

April 20th, 2016 by


“The day the Browns passed on Big Ben”


From Jeremy Fowler at ESPN.com today:

The most decorated quarterback jersey in Cleveland contains 24 names. The list could have stopped at six: Couch, Detmer, Wynn, Pederson, Holcomb, Roethlisberger.

042016_3The Browns should be drafting a playmaking safety or wide receiver for a playoff-caliber team instead of potentially the franchise’s 25th starting quarterback since 1999. This reality made one longtime NFL coach nearly spill his craft beer just thinking about it at the NFL combine. He was with the Browns 12 years ago. He knew what happened in that draft room in Berea, Ohio, with the Browns on the clock with the No. 6 pick in the 2004 draft.

“He was right there,” the NFL coach said. “Once Sean Taylor was off the board, everything got crazy. Ben was discussed.”

Before Roethlisberger began to terrorize the Browns twice a year for more than a decade, he was a lanky kid from Findlay, Ohio, who would have gladly played for Cleveland. Why is the Browns’ universe too cruel to let this happen? In talks with people involved with the process from all angles, ESPN examines the mechanics of how Roethlisberger never did put on the orange and brown, how the Steelers stumbled into a gem and what it says about the draft process.

“When Cleveland passed on me, technically my hometown team, that was it. I couldn’t wait to have a team and play the Browns at some point.” — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is 19-2 in his career against Cleveland.



The rain-soaked workout –

Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger’s agent: “They were very secretive about it. They shot in and worked him out at Miami (Ohio). I don’t believe they were at his pro day, where everyone walked away saying that was one of the best throwing sessions they’d ever seen.”

Butch Davis, former Browns head coach and executive vice president, 2001-04: “Everybody recognized he was an enormous physical talent. There couldn’t have been a worse day during his workout. It became apparent he could put on a show. It was cold, it was blustery, kind of drizzly, like every Sunday in that division. He threw it extremely well. I like working out guys because you can see firsthand what they can really do.”

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers quarterback: “I had other similar workouts, but I remember they brought receivers. The weather wasn’t ideal but I liked showing teams I could perform well in bad weather. I felt good about how I did for them, but I guess it didn’t matter.”

Frisman Jackson, former Browns receiver, 2002-05: “Coach Davis and the rest of the staff, the GM and some other people said we want you to fly with us to work out this kid. I had no idea who it was. I realized we were in Ohio, and they said, we’re going to work out Ben Roethlisberger. We got our cleats on and ran routes for him for about 30 to 45 minutes. We ran the whole route tree. Everything he was throwing was accurate, hitting you in stride. He put on a show. I told him, ‘Your arm is strong as hell.’ He threw a heavy ball.”

The Browns were impressed enough that former Davis lieutenant Pete Garcia told Fox Sports Ohio in 2014 the team was “very, very close” to selecting Roethlisberger. But the quarterback was fighting the small-school stigma coming out of Miami (Ohio), which still fuels him today. The stigma was definitely a factor for Cleveland too. After three seasons and sporadic results under Davis, the Browns wanted a sure bet.

042016_1Shane Montgomery, former Miami (Ohio) offensive coordinator: “Once people got around him and saw him in person, his stock rose. He just kind of won everybody over [at his pro day]. He responded to pressure really well, and he could throw the ball from any angle. I know [then Packers coach Mike Sherman] loved him. He said he really wanted him but had no chance. He said that in our weight room.”

Jackson: “He’d say, ‘Run this route, get to this step, and I’m going to throw the football to you.’ Everything was smooth. [Browns officials] were raving about him, saying how strong his arm was, how mobile he was in the pocket. I pretty much thought we were going to get him.”

Mel Kiper, ESPN draft analyst: “I had Ben as my No. 5 overall player, Kellen Winslow No. 7 (rummages through notes from that year, starts reading reports). ‘Browns could bring a young signal-caller into the fold. … No denying his skills as a quarterback. There’s an awful lot to be excited about. Teams will be impressed by his accuracy and mobility.’ So, all three quarterbacks basically had the same grade. The small-school thing absolutely played against Ben. Some people were uneasy about those four interceptions against Iowa.”

Matt Williamson, Browns scout, 2004: “That was before I arrived … but I went back and read Ben’s reports, all the reports each scout wrote on Ben, and they really liked him. Not positive on this, but I’m pretty sure the Browns had him ranked over Eli [Manning] and [Philip] Rivers.”

Davis: “I guess we probably had them Philip 1, Ben 2, Eli 3 if I had to guess. That’s totally off the top of my memory. All three had great qualities. I just know there were so many good feelings about Philip. We put Philip on the dry board and spent a good 3-4 hours absolutely dissecting everything, reading coverages and audibles and changing protections. It’s easy to see why he had a great career.”

The Browns’ environment has swallowed up plenty of well-intentioned players. Largely, though, people close to the former Miami (Ohio) quarterback believe he was a can’t-miss prospect for any team, a notion he has since validated.

Phil Savage, Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel, 2002-04 (and Cleveland’s GM from 2005-08): “We had Roethlisberger rated ahead of those two [Manning and Rivers]. It might have been a mixed bag [leaguewide]. Some people had a problem to some extent getting past Philip’s throwing motion. And with Ben, for some evaluators, you’re a lot more comfortable when these players had gone through quality competition.”

042016_2Carmen Policy, Browns CEO/president, 2000-04: “The one thing that seemed to always be on the forefront of all of their [scouts’] comments was, ‘Yeah, he’s a big guy, a strong guy, but will he get too big, and he comes from such a small system and such a small program, it’s questionable whether or not he’ll be able to compete in the NFL. I do recall those specific generalizations.”

Roethlisberger: “I just wanted a team to believe in me. I didn’t expect to go first and I knew there could be a number of outcomes after that.”

Montgomery: “[The Browns] could have used him. Maybe they wouldn’t be on the 20th-something quarterback since then.”

Roethlisberger: “In my earlier years, I thought about it every time I played them. It served me well. Now, I just want to beat them twice a year because my team needs it.”


You can read the rest of Mr. Fowler’s “look back” here.


Add to your sports collection

April 19th, 2016 by

…and help Ben’s foundation at the same time!


Big Ben has teamed up with SCP Auctions to offer 3 different pairs of his game-used, autographed Nikes that you can bid on!

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Left Photo: This particular pair has been style-matched to five different games in 2014: at Jacksonville (Oct. 5); vs. Houston (Oct. 20); at Tennessee (Nov. 17); vs. New Orleans (Nov. 30); and vs. Kansas City (Dec. 21). They also match the style to his 2nd monster 6-TD game on Nov. 2, but we already sold this exact pair in our Fall 2015 Auction for $4,153. The exact game or games Big Ben wore this particular pair is not confirmed. Considering how the Steelers are known to recycle equipment even today, it is very possible that Ben wore this pair in all three games mentioned after November 2nd.

The size 14 Nike ‘Lunar Superbad Pro’ cleats display outstanding game use inside and out, with grass stains and contact marks on the exterior and sweat staining on the insoles. Ben’s uniform No. “7” has been penned in black on each shoe (likely by the team equipment manager) inward facing on the the back upper heel. The Nike interior tagging reads “SEASON SU14” and “PROMO SAMPLE 20140718” confirming that they were player-issued only.


Center Photo: This particular pair has been style-matched to four different road games in 2013: at Cincinnati Bengals (Sept. 16); at NY Jets (Oct. 13); at New England Patriots (Nov. 3); and at Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 28). The exact game or games Big Ben wore this pair is not confirmed, but based on the Steelers’ tendency to recycle equipment, it could very well be all of them.

The size 14 Nike ‘Lunar Superbad Pro” turf shoes display moderate game use, with contact and scuff marks throughout and sweat staining evident on the insoles. The Nike interior tagging reads “SEASON SU13” and “PROMO SAMPLE 30130916” indicates they were player-issued. Ben’s uniform No. “7” has been penned in black on each shoe (likely by the team equipment manager), inward facing on the back upper heel. Sporting the Steelers colors of white, yellow and black, both shoes have been autographed on the outside by Big Ben in 8-9/10 black marker with his uniform number inscribed. Original white laces are present.


Right Photo: Ben wore this pair in a pair of grueling home games during the rigorous 2013 NFL season. In the first one, Dec. 8, 2013 on a snowy Heinz Field, the Steelers dropped a close 34-28 game to the visiting Miami Dolphins. Ben was solid in the pocket as he completed 23 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns. In the second game in which these cleats were worn, Dec. 29, 2013 against the visiting Cleveland Browns, Roethlisberger completed 19 of 31 passes 179 yards and one touchdown as Pittsburgh cruised to a 20-7 victory. He finished the season with 4,261 passing yards and 28 TD’s.

Ben’s mostly black and white size 14 Nike ‘Lunar Superbad Pro’ cleats exhibit excellent wear inside and out. Clumps of grass from Heinz Field are still stuck to the bottoms. Ben’s uniform No. “7” has been penned in black on each shoe (likely by the team equipment manager), inward facing on upper white section. Ben has autographed both clothes in bold 8-9/10 black marker on the outside toe area with his uniform number inscribed. The interior tagging reads “SEASON SU13” and “PROMO SAMPLE 30130916” confirming that these cleats were player-issued only.

All three include COA (Certificates of Authenticity).


And:

A portion of the proceeds will go directly towards The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which supports K-9 units and service dogs of police and fire departments throughout the U.S.

Ben’s foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country this past season and just completed it’s 9th season cycle. In addition to the Pittsburgh grants, the Foundation distributed grants to K-9 units of police departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers.

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Place your bid today on one or more of these pairs of authentic, game-used autographed pairs from #7!

Stop by SCP Auctions and read more about each pair being offered, but don’t take too long deciding on which pair to bid on – all three auctions expire in 4 days! Don’t miss out!

Calling up all softball players in Steeler Nation!

April 17th, 2016 by

Join Antonio Brown and teammates on Saturday, May 14th for his First Annual Softball Game.

“I am very excited about the Celebrity Softball Game at CONSOL Energy Park. Opportunities to generate contributions to worthwhile charities while interacting with fans are perfect combinations. I do hope Steeler Nation supports this event and establishes it as something we look forward to each year!” — Antonio.


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*For tickets go to www.washingtonwildthings.com


The Steelers 2016 schedule is out

April 14th, 2016 by


…and the Black & Gold will be playing on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day!


From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

fansThe Steelers 2016 schedule was released and includes four nationally televised primetime games, giving Steelers Nation plenty of opportunity to see them in action.

The Steelers kick off the season on the road against the Washington Redskins in a nationally televised game on Monday Night Football on Sept. 12 on ESPN at 7:10 p.m. as a part of a Monday Night opening weekend double-header.

An AFC North rivalry will be renewed early in the year when the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Heinz Field. The two teams meet for a second time on Dec. 18 in Cincinnati on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Week 3 the Steelers will head to Philadelphia for an intrastate battle against the Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4:25 p.m.

It’s then back to primetime for the Steelers the following week when they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 2 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football (8:30 p.m.).

After games against the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots the Steelers will have a Bye Week (Oct. 30).

Steelersfans_122414The holiday season will be busy for the Steelers, starting with a Thanksgiving Night game on Thursday, Nov. 24 at Indianapolis (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).

There is no place like home for the holidays, and that will be the case when the Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, at 4:30 p.m. (NFLN), marking the first time the team will play on Christmas Day.

The Steelers will close out the regular season on New Year’s Day against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field at 1 p.m. (CBS).

All Steelers preseason and regular season games can be heard on the Steelers Radio Network on WDVE-FM (102.5) and WBGG-AM (970) as well on Steelers.com. All preseason games will be televised on KDKA-TV


The Full Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1
Mon., Sept. 12 at Washington Redskins — 7:10 p.m. (ESPN/WTAE-TV)

Week 2
Sun., Sept. 18: vs. Cincinnati Bengals — 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 3
Sun., Sept. 25: at Philadelphia Eagles — 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 4
Sun., Oct. 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs — 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)

Week 5
Sun., Oct. 9: vs. New York Jets* — 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 6
Sun., Oct. 16: at Miami Dolphins* — 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 7
Sun., Oct. 23: vs. New England Patriots* — 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 8
BYE WEEK

Week 9
Sun., Nov. 6: at Baltimore Ravens* — 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 10
Sun., Nov. 13: vs. Dallas Cowboys* — 4:25 p.m. (FOX/WPGH-TV)

Week 11
Sun., Nov. 20: at Cleveland Browns* — 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 12
Thurs., Nov. 24: at Indianapolis Colts — 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)

Week 13
Sun., Dec. 4: vs. New York Giants* — 4:25 p.m. (FOX/WPGH-TV)

Week 14
Sun., Dec. 11: at Buffalo Bills* — 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Week 15
Sun., Dec. 18: at Cincinnati Bengals* — 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)

Week 16
Sun., Dec. 25: vs. Baltimore Ravens — 4:30 p.m. (NFLN)

Week 17
Sun., Jan. 1: vs. Cleveland Browns* — 1:00 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)


* Times and TV network may change due to flexible scheduling.


Vote for your favorite Hero Dog!

April 12th, 2016 by

The Hero Dog Awards celebrate the powerful, age-old bond between dogs and people – and give recognition to courageous acts of heroism performed by our four-legged best friends.

PicMonkey CollageThe American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards® is an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply providing the tail-wagging welcome a pet owner relishes at the end of a hard day.

Dogs compete in eight different categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement Dogs, Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs who do extraordinary things).

From now until April 27th at 12pm Pacific Time you can vote for a dog in each category, each day!

After voting by the American public, winners in each category are flown to Hollywood with their human friends to attend the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards® gala in Los Angeles. There they walk the red carpet, are recognized in video tributes, receive their Hero Dog category award statue and mingle with celebrities, both two-legged and four-legged! The 2016 American Hero Dog will then be announced to the world.


To read the amazing stories on these 4-legged heroes and to cast your vote, click here!


The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work

April 8th, 2016 by

On October 22nd 2015, Ben announced a grant to the Shawnee Police Department in Kansas.

“I’m proud to call the City of Shawnee my home, and wake up every day with pride that I get to serve the citizens of the greater Kansas City area. I’ve been a K-9 handler for five years. It’s a position that I have always wanted to hold, dating back to the days I served in the United States Army. I’ve seen our unit grow from one to two K-9 teams within the last seven years. We knew we could serve the area better with a third K-9 team, however it is a difficult item to pass with the budget constraints every municipality faces. Words cannot express how thankful we are for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.” — Shawnee K-9 Officer Shaun Arnold (in photo bottom right).


Today, we have photos of Shawnee Officer Ryan Skinner and his rookie K9 partner, Obelix, which is Greek for “Pillar of Strength”:

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With this grant, the Shawnee Police Department was able to expand their unit from two to three K-9s which now gives them a dual purpose explosive team.

“The addition of a new canine to our unit will greatly expand the capabilities of these officers and the services they provide our citizens. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation in helping keep Shawnee a safe community. Being a native of Pittsburgh and a huge Steelers fan to this day, makes this grant award that much sweeter. The Shawnee Police Department continues to be grateful for the generosity of Big Ben!!” — Shawnee Chief of Police Rob Moser.



Thank you so much to Chief Moser for sharing these great photos with us!


Would you like to learn more about Ben’s foundation, just click here. And if you’d like to make a donation, you can do so here!


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2016 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/12 @ Redskins 7:10PM – ESPN
9/18 Bengals 1PM – CBS/KDKA
9/25 @ Eagles 4:25PM – CBS/KDKA
10/2 Chiefs 8:30PM – NBC
10/9 Jets 1PM – CBS/KDKA
10/16 @ Dolphins 1PM – CBS/KDKA
10/23 Patriots 4:25PM – CBS/KDKA
10/30 BYE Week N/A
11/6 @ Ravens 1PM – CBS/KDKA
11/13 Cowboys 4:25PM – FOX
11/20 @ Browns 1PM – CBS/KDKA
11/24 @ Colts 8:30PM – NBC
12/4 Giants 4:25PM – FOX
12/11 @ Bills 1PM – CBS/KDKA
12/18 @ Bengals 8:30PM – NBC
12/25 Ravens 4:30PM – NFLN
1/1 Browns 1PM – CBS/KDKA