Cowher on Ben: ‘This kid has a lot of upside’

April 24th, 2019 by

This day in Steelers history

April 24, 2004
Steelers select Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the NFL Draft

Ben Roethlisberger
First Round
2004
Miami University of Ohio




From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

DraftDay_Eli_BenOn this day in 2004 the Steelers selected quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with their number one pick in the NFL Draft, the 11th pick overall.

Roethlisberger 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.”

On not having a lot of experience: “That is a big thing, people knocked me for time that I played and the level of competition, but I have played there for three years. I have been in school for four. Randy Moss, Chad Pennington, and Byron Leftwich came out from the MAC. They are not doing too badly right now in the NFL.”

Coach Bill Cowher on Roethlisberger on draft day:

On 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.”


K9-Unit 7 is now on duty

April 23rd, 2019 by

It’s the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work!


From the Connellsville Police K9 Unit:


Our new K9 vehicle recently lettered by local business “De-Zigns” Signs and Decals.


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The car has been labeled as Unit 7 with the Steelers emblem on the front for Ben Roethlisberger and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation as thanks for the generous grant we received earlier this year.



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The vehicle has been provided for our use by the Fayette County Bureau of Investigations and District Attorney’s Office.



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This marks a significant step forward in the development of CPDK9.




Congratulations and thank you for sharing the photos with us!!



Happy Easter Steeler Nation!

April 21st, 2019 by

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Hope you’re having a Blessed one! — Ben, Ashley, Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.

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Starting the offseason workouts on the right foot

April 16th, 2019 by

…and the right frame of mind!

“We want to show we are here, dedicated to this team, dedicated to having a great season. We are all about each other.” — Ben.


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From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

While Monday was the first official day of Phase One of the offseason program, Tuesday is when things really kicked into gear for the Steelers with the day starting with a team meeting.

And it was a packed house at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

“It’s fun to be here first and foremost,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “It’s fun to be out there throwing with the guys. I haven’t thrown a football since the last game of the year, so to be able to get out and get some work with new guys, and guys who have been here, it’s fun first.”

The meeting, and the entire offseason program with the exception of minicamp, are all voluntary and the turnout has been top notch. Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey and Cam Heyward, as well as other veterans such as Vince Williams, Alejandro Villanueva, Sean Davis and countless others, were all there showing their commitment.

“I expect nothing else,” said Roethlisberger.

Having the veterans there has a big impact on the younger players on the roster.

“It’s important right now,” said JuJu Smith-Schuster. “The more time we spend together, the more we can build that trust we have with each other and team building.

“Seeing the young guys here, the older guys here, it’s great. We are just following their path.”

James Conner, who spent part of his offseason working out in the Pitt weight room with Aaron Donald, was energized to be back and focused on getting ready for the season ahead.

“Seeing the young guys, the older guys. It’s great to be back,” said Conner. “You miss it. Everybody likes their free time, but there is nothing like building that camaraderie and being all together.

“And seeing all the veterans here, it shows the focus those guys have and the dedication those guys have to this team, their craft, and the job. Guys don’t have to be here, but they are still here. They like seeing the guys too. Being around this bond we have. It’s great to see the older guys.”


You can read more from Ms. Varley’s interviews here.


Photo:Rebecca Mehling/Steelers


Go fly a kite!

April 14th, 2019 by

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A little Sunday evening kite flying for Baylee…



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while Bodie just enjoyed picking weeds! Haha. — Ben.




Hope you enjoyed your weekend, Steeler Nation!



Oh yeah, it’s a Sharpe lookin’ Sunday

April 14th, 2019 by

….thanks to the art of Matt Sharpe!


“I believe that every league, team, and player create unique stories worth sharing. My work aims to tell them.” — Matt, from his website.



And Matt clearly thinks these three players will create their own story this season:


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Matt Sharpe @daringsharpe
Working on the Cowboys triplets piece earlier this week got me thinking about the @steelers. Even
with the Killer B’s no more, does anyone doubt this team will put up points? @TeamJuJu x @_BigBen7 x @JamesConner_ …that’s a hell of a trio to build out from 👀💪💪 #Steelers



Agree with you Matt!!! Go Steelers!!



You can follow Matt and enjoy his art on Twitter & Instagram as well!



Matt, thank you for allowing us to share your artwork with Steeler Nation!



Let’s “paws” for just a moment

April 11th, 2019 by

…to recognize the incredible & tireless work by a little lady named Peyton Estochin to help area police department K9 units!

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From Peyton’s proud mother, Jessica:

Peyton’s K-9s is a local Pittsburgh mission to raise money for local K-9 units in need. Whether it be medical expenses, vests, heat sensors needed or anything else the handlers may need…Peyton tries to ensure everyone gets what they need with what she can raise! Peyton is 7 years old. She was just 6 when she started this mission. First, she held a Sweet Tea Stand in McKeesport, PA because one of the K9’s (Farkle) had cancer and their medical bills were very high. She hosted this event selling HOMEMADE sweet tea for 2 hours and she raised $700! She donated it directly to the McKeesport K-9 unit. She was recognized after this event with a proclamation from the Mayor of a mcKeesport. It was called “Living the Message Award – honoring those who show Respect, Dignity, Hope & Love” – specifically the “Love” award. She also received a letter from Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Brewster recognizing her hard work and dedication.

She was back at it again with a hot chocolate stand at a local friend’s ice cream shop (Christy Park Cones) in McKeesport PA, because she did not want to wait until summer to host another event. At the end of January, she held a 2-hour event selling HOMEMADE hot chocolate, baked goods & t-shirts and raised $2,400 dollars! We knew then it was time to start really focusing on this mission of hers and making more units in need outside of our hometown of McKeesport a priority.
Since then, we created a website to put events up on as well as continue to sell t-shirts. We partnered with a company based in Georgia called, Nine Line Apparel since they are veteran owned and they created a design just for her mission!


What is Peyton up to next?

She has been invited to a Police Conference sponsored by Blue Line K9 LLC April 23th through 25th. She will be there with her own table selling t-shirts! She is super excited because they are expecting 300-400 police & emergency responders there.


And closer to home –

Peyton will be hosting a car wash at Advanced Auto in Irwin, PA on May 5th from 12-4pm. We will sell T-shirts as well as snacks and refreshments…and you can get your car washed at the same time! We hope to raise more than what we raised at our hot chocolate stand!



Steeler Nation! If you’re in the area (8716 Norwin Avenue) on May 5th and are ready to wash off all that pollen for a great cause, stop by her car wash and help her raise money for PEYTON’S K9’S!

You can follow Peyton (if you can keep up with her,that is!) on her Facebook page!


#LETSGOPENS

April 10th, 2019 by

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Image courtesy of the Steelers.


Sundays are for Football

April 6th, 2019 by

…but Saturdays are for Soccer! ⚽

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Benjamin & Baylee are ready for their first soccer game! #GoSentinels


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“And after a tough soccer game, there is nothing like some yummy BBQ wings…and a lot of napkins!” — Benjamin.


Hmmmmm, kinda reminds me of his lil’ brother for some reason!



Mark your calendar & buy your ticket!

April 5th, 2019 by

Main Line Autographs will be hosting their Pittsburgh Area Spring Spectacular XLI the weekend of May 17th through 19th and Big Ben will be there!


That’s right, #7 will be on hand to sign autographed items on Sunday, May 19th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at the Monroeville Convention Center– South Hall located at 209 Mall Blvd in Monroeville, PA.


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Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Hines Ward and Kevin Greene will also be there Sunday to sign items! If you go on Saturday, you’ll see former Penguins Frank Pietrangelo, Michel Dion, Max Talbot, Randy Hillier & Ken Wregget as well as former Pirates Doc Medich, Bob Robertson, & Tommy Helms


3 Day Passes, VIP Packages, and autograph tickets may be purchased in advance. Advance tickets will be available for pick up at the door. Single Day Admission only available at the door.


All the info you’ll need, including pricing for autographing items can be found right here.



*If you do go, share your photos and your experience with us via email BigBen7website@gmail.com!



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EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: June 16, 2019
WHERE: Steelers Practice Facility, Pittsburgh, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: Main Line Autographs “Pittsburgh Area Spring Spectacular XLI”
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 2019
WHERE: Monroeville Convention Center–South Hall 209 Mall Blvd in Monroeville, PA
PRICE PACKAGES: See their website

 


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