It’s a Throwback Thursday

March 5th, 2015 by

And we’re bringing back a fan favorite:

October 31, 2010: Up, Over & Down!! Saints DE Will Smith learns the hard way that sometimes it’s not easy to bring down Big Ben! #QBSackFail

Looking for something to watch on TV on a snowy Pittsburgh day?

Tune in to NFL Network at 3:30pm (ET) today for Super Bowl Highlights – Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work

March 3rd, 2015 by

“Our K9s are important to us and to the citizens we serve. They help track missing people, locate subjects, narcotics and explosive devices as well as provide extra safety for officers who must confront very dangerous situations. Budgets have limitations. Thanks to organizations like the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation we will be able to advance our K9 unit and provide a greater level of service to the community we serve.” – Sheriff Farris, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Last November, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was selected to receive a grant from Ben’s foundation to purchase a new K9 dog, and provide training and equipment for the K9 unit.

PutnamCounty_wsToday, they wanted to introduce their new K9 dog to Steeler Nation!

“Bolt”, is a 19-month old Belgian Malinois from Little Rock K9, a police canine training facility in Arkansas. Bolt serves as a dual-purpose K9 working as a road patrol and drug enforcement dog with veteran handler, Deputy Richard Cobble.

“We selected Bolt from a number of promising dogs at the facility in Little Rock for his confidence, excellent skills, and sociability,” said Major Greg Whittaker, a former K9 Deputy who commands the K9 Unit at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. “He is able to work independently and has tremendous concentration when faced with multiple challenges out in the field. He is a very impressive dog.”

Putnam County, similar to Nashville’s Davidson County, is a partner in the State of Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s Middle Region. Through this collaborative partnership, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is committed to responding within the region with all special designated assets, such as K9 units, for large-scale events as well as officer and community safety.

In fact, just two days after joining the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Bolt and Deputy Cobble assisted Jackson County narcotics investigators on a traffic stop that yielded one felony and two misdemeanor drug charges. The Jackson County detectives later wrote saying, “Thank you. We could not have done it without your assistance.”

You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.

You can support future K-9 grants and satisfy your sweet tooth by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (, using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to his foundation.

*Thank you to Michael Ronczkowski!

Ben’s birthday contest

March 1st, 2015 by

UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER!! Congratulations to Mosh Luzer of Pittsburgh, our 302nd emailer!

THANK YOU Steeler Nation for participating in the contest, and for ALL of the birthday wishes!

Tomorrow (Monday) is Ben’s 33rd birthday, but one lucky fan will win a gift from him today!

To celebrate…

Ben_birthdayThe 302nd emailer (that number is from 3/02 – his birth date) today will receive this new, autographed Terrible Towel from Ben.

It’s that easy! No quiz to take, no caption to think up, no questions to answer…just be the right emailer!

However, before you email, please follow these two rules:

1. Emails for the contest WILL NOT be accepted until 12 NOON ET and after (this gives fans in different time zones a chance to participate).

2. Please, just one email per email address only (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).

Send emails to:

Winner will be notified via email and their name will be posted here in an update this afternoon! Good Luck!

Brown & Bell: Co-winners AFC Offensive Player of the Year award

March 1st, 2015 by

Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell were honored last night at the 101 Awards Banquet!

From Randy Covitz at the Kansas City Star:

HogeBrownBellPittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, who led the NFL in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698), and running back Le’Veon Bell, the AFC’s leading rusher (1,361 yards), shared the AFC Offensive Player of the Year award, the first time that’s happened in the 101 Awards’ 45 years.

“We couldn’t do it without a quarterback and the other 10 guys on the field,” Brown said, “and we’re disappointed that Ben (Roethlisberger) isn’t here because he’s the one who gets it started. But the guy to my left (Bell) … I wouldn’t want to share this with anyone else.”

You can read more about the banquet here.

Congratulations to both men, and to Coach Bruce Arians as well, named NFC Coach of the Year – all three awards are well-deserved!

February Fan Photos are here!

February 26th, 2015 by

And we’re starting off with the perfect Throwback Thursday picture:

“Ben had just finished his first season with the Steelers. My Dad and I heard he was going to be in our hometown at Andrews Cycle meeting fans. He was very nice, and down to earth. Here we are 10 years later still lucky to have him as our QB. Thank you.” – Jason Paster

Swinging the club with #7…sort of!

“Left to Right: Russ Wilson, Kevin Piccola, John Buljat, and me, Dave Hajel. This was the annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Somerset County held at Arnold Palmer’s Indian Lake Private Course outside of Somerset Pa.

We are super die-hard Steelers and Ben fans of course! He is the ultimate warrior and we would never trade him for any other QB! We suffered through the long drought in the 80’s and 90’s…we appreciate him and all he has done, does, and will continue to do!!! It all changed when #7 was drafted…We consider him The Chosen One! Love where this team is headed and love the fact he is at the helm!

The shelter really appreciates the support Ben gives to Police Canine Units! And we love the fact he is an avid golfer…I’m sure we could find a team that is looking for a fourth in this summer’s tournament if he is available…If his contract is not done by then I will sponsor him! Lol!” – David Hajel

Lil’ Fans spotlight:

6-year old Elliot Askins not only poses like his favorite QB, he draws him too! Photos taken by his dad, Scott.

A tiny fan with a BIG last name that she just happens to share with the BIG guy on her favorite team!

Emely Vegas Roethlisberger shows off her jersey all the way from Bern, Switzerland! Photo taken by her mom, Melanie.

And we end this month’s edition with a really cool dog….who is also sort of a hot dog!

“Did you say it’s -10 degrees out? No problem, I’m Steelers tough, especially when I’m wearing my favorite hat!! – Nala (Photo taken by her human, Kevin Cizmarik).

You can see a lot more photos all right here!

Labriola: Ben Roethlisberger ranks in the top three in the NFL right now

February 26th, 2015 by

From Bob Labriola’s “Asked & Answered” column at this morning:

7RICHARD SABLE FROM TAMPA, FL: Bob, you said it would be foolish to look five-six years out for Ben’s replacement. It sure worked out for Green Bay. Tom Brady seemed to work out pretty well, also.

BOB LABRIOLA: When the Packers made Aaron Rodgers their first-round pick in 2005, Brett Favre was not coming off his best NFL regular season, as is the case with Ben Roethlisberger. Just to refresh your memory, in 2014 Roethlisberger put together a season in which he finished No. 4 in attempts, No. 3 in completions, No. 3 in completion percentage, tied-for-No. 1 in yards, No. 3 in average gain, No. 7 in touchdowns, No. 4 in interception percentage, and No. 3 in passer rating, and no other quarterback in the league ranked in the top 10 in each of those categories. In the three seasons from 2002-04, Favre threw 54 interceptions, which indicated to Packers management that he was in rapid decline, and that’s why they made the move to pick Rodgers.

The Patriots didn’t pick Tom Brady on the sixth-round in 2000 thinking he was their quarterback of the future, because if Bill Belichick had ANY IDEA Tom Brady was going to turn out the way he did, there’s no way he waits until the sixth round to pick him. That was luck, pure and simple, and understand that there’s nothing wrong with being lucky. And even with all that, Rodgers was in the starting lineup three years after being drafted, and Brady two years after being drafted. That’s hardly five-six years out, as you yourself state. If you want to waste a draft pick looking for Roethlisberger’s successor now, go ahead. I’m using the pick on a player I hope can help him win me another trophy.

SHAWN SMITH FROM CONNEAUTVILLE, PA: Do you think the media, outside of Pittsburgh, will ever consider Ben the elite quarterback he is? Or will they go on ignoring the records he makes?

BOB LABRIOLA: I cannot answer for those in the national media, but in my mind Ben Roethlisberger ranks in the top three in the NFL right now, along with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Peyton Manning is in serious decline; Eli Manning throws way too many interceptions; Andrew Luck hasn’t done enough for long enough yet; Drew Brees is very good, but I’d still rather have Roethlisberger; and I don’t even want to hear about Tony Romo, or Philip Rivers, or Joe Flacco. And who cares what the talking heads on ESPN think, anyway.

You can read the rest of Mr. Labriola’s column here.

A “Thank you” all the way from Cheyenne

February 23rd, 2015 by

Fire Chief John McDougall, Francis E. (FE) Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne Wyoming, told us back in January that MSgt Joel Harr is “the biggest Pittsburgh Steelers fan I know (and I know lots!),” and was set to retire in February as an active duty member of the US Air Force after 20 years of service. Chief McDougall was searching for a suggestion “on how we can make Joel’s retirement very special.”

More from Chief McDougall:

“Joel grew up in a small town in West Virginia and is an avid fan of the Steelers. I was hoping to make his retirement on February 20th very special. Joel has a family; his wife Karen, sons Braden and Jack, and daughter Evelyn. Karen is an active Duty MSgt as well, and is as much of a fan of the Steelers as Joel is since she grew up in PA. My goal is simple, I want to make Joel’s retirement after 20 years of dedicated and extraordinary service to our great country a day he’ll long remember.”

Presenting him with a game-worn, autographed Steelers Salute to Service 39THIRTY cap (with the camoflage bill) from Ben sounded like the perfect gift – the players wore those caps during the NFL’s Salute to Service month in November.

Chief McDougall agreed…and when the big day arrived, wanted to share the photos of MSgt Harr’s retirement celebration with us:


“MSgt Joel Harr’s retirement was yesterday 20 Feb, at which I gave him the hat signed by Ben. In attendance was his wife, children, his mother, father, and many other family and friends that traveled all the way from his home state of West Virginia. I wanted to thank Big Ben #7 once again, this really made Joel’s day, it was a wonderful retirement!” – Fire Chief McDougall.


Congratulations to MSgt Harr, and thank you for your many years of service to our country!! God bless!

Ben announces several K-9 grants for the Pittsburgh area

February 18th, 2015 by

Today, Ben announced the final grants of the 2014-15 NFL season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing six grants totaling $55,000 to police departments in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

BRF_logoThe K-9 departments receiving funding from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation this year include the Township of Springdale, New Castle, Penn Hills, Monaca Borough, North Strabane Township, and Steubenville, OH. These departments will be utilizing their respective grants in a variety of canine focused initiatives including starting brand new K-9 units, purchasing K-9 vehicle upgrades and replacing veteran service dogs that are nearing their much deserved retirement.

This announcement completes the eighth grant cycle for Ben’s foundation, during which it distributed more than $132,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country. In addition to the Pittsburgh grants announced, the Foundation distributed grants to police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2014-15 season and one grant outside of the NFL markets in honor of the Steelers’ playoff appearance.

The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation 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. Ben also strives to support Make-A-Wish and his foundation has distributed in excess of $1.2 million since 2007.

Ben is grateful for the generous supporters who have enabled his foundation to expand its K-9 grant program, including Pro Camps and Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as well as caring individual donors from around the country.

Upon receiving their grant, North Strabane Township Police Chief Brian D. Hughes stated, “On behalf of the citizens of North Strabane Township and its police department, I wish to express my sincere thanks for the generosity of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. This award will assist us in implementing a K-9 program in our township. This program will be a major step in enhancing the police department’s crime fighting capabilities and increasing the quality of life for our citizens.”

New Castle City Police Chief Robert A. Salem said, “The New Castle City Police Department extends their heartfelt gratitude to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the grant toward the purchase of a K-9 vehicle. The challenges to protect and serve our community have greatly increased. The funds provided to the New Castle City Police Department by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will assist us in facing these challenges.”

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Ben said, “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.”

Fans of Ben’s foundation can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (, using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to his foundation.

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please check out Ben’s foundation page here or contact Jessica Duffaut at

Also Today:

0203The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp dates have changed due to the Steelers mandatory OTA’s scheduled for the original camp dates of June 15th & 16th, 2015.

The new dates for Ben’s football camp for kids is June 13th & 14th, 2015. The times are still the same.

There are still spots available for your football player, but they are filling up fast! You can get more info and to sign up here.

Hey Steeler Nation?

February 17th, 2015 by

What are you doing the weekend of April 10th-12th?

CSAPlan now to take a trip to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA for the Collector’s Showcase of America Spring Show!

Scheduled to sign autographs:

– Current and former Steelers Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Jerome Bettis, Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw and Plaxico Burress.

– Sports fans will also have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from NFL & MLB greats of the game Jim Kelly, Dick Butkus, Chris Hamburger, John Riggins, Pedro Martinez, Cal Ripken, Jr, Randy Johnson and more…

This is a well-organized show and attended by many. In fact, one quick stroll through the parking lot and you’ll think you’re in Pittsburgh South.

You can see the full list of athletes, past & present, as well as ticket and lodging information here.

Ben was there in 2012 and had a great time!

The perfect way to start the week

February 16th, 2015 by

…is with a beautiful photo of the Pittsburgh skyline captured on a cold Monday morning by Dave Dicello:


“There was a quiet, subtle beauty to the Pittsburgh sunrise today. Some awesome colors behind a peaceful winter view.” – Dave.

Enjoy more of his breathtaking images, including Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the Penguins on the ice, on the portfolio page of his website!

You can also follow him on Facebook & Twitter.


WHAT: Nothing at this time


WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2014
WHERE: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Warrendale, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.


WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 23, 2014
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.




8/9 Pre-Season – NYG Loss: 20-16
8/16 Pre-Season – Buffalo Win: 19-16
8/21 Pre-Season – @ Philadelphia Loss: 31-21
8/29 Pre-Season – Carolina Loss: 10-0
9/7 Cleveland Win: 30-27
9/11 @ Baltimore Loss: 26-6
9/21 @ Carolina Win: 37-19
9/28 Tampa Bay Loss: 27-24
10/5 @ Jacksonville Win: 17-9
10/12 @ Cleveland Loss: 31-10
10/20 Houston Win: 30-23
10/26 Indianapolis Win: 51-34
11/2 Baltimore Win: 43-23
11/9 @ New York Jets Loss: 20-13
11/17 @ Tennessee Win: 27-24
11/24 BYE N/A
11/30 New Orleans Loss: 35-32
12/7 @ Cincinnati Win: 42-21
12/14 @ Atlanta Win: 27-20
12/21 Kansas City Win: 20-12
12/28 Cincinnati Win: 27-17