A little bird told us

April 24th, 2017 by

tweet…that Carlee was so proud to be honored with her big brother!




Big Ben: ‘I’m proud to call Findlay home’

April 23rd, 2017 by

From Dave Hanneman at the Findlay Courier once again:

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Little sis brought it down.

Carlee Roethlisberger got a few digs in on her older brother Ben — and some wall-to-wall laughs — as both were inducted into the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday at Owens Community College.

“Once a decade I get to beat Ben at something,” Carlee said during her acceptance speech.

“Left-handed P-I-G. Yahtzee. Graduating college. The school scoring record …”

Carlee, a two-sport all-Ohio selection, did outscore Ben in basketball at Findlay High School — 1,625 career points to 1,095. Ben says that’s because Carlee started four years on varsity, while he started three.

And Carlee, who played both basketball and volleyball at the University of Oklahoma, did get her degree before Ben. But that’s because Ben made himself eligible for the NFL draft after his junior year at Miami of Ohio and was off winning a couple of Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While Ben and Carlee Roethlisberger are two of the most decorated and successful athletes to come out of Hancock County, both said they were appreciative of the hometown foundation they had to their careers.

“It’s more than just awards and trophies. It’s what you do with the opportunities you’re given,” Carlee said.
“It’s a huge honor to share this with my big brother Ben. We’re grateful, because the support of this town has been awesome.”

Ben shakes hands and gets a hug from Jerry Snodgrass.

Ben shakes hands and gets a hug from Jerry Snodgrass.

“It’s about being able to dream big and go after those dreams,” said Ben, who said he imagined throwing game-winning touchdown passes in his backyard on Woodley Terrace long before he did it in a 31-28 win over Napoleon in high school, a 30-27 win over Akron in college and a 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII win over Arizona in the pros.

“It’s humbling to be up here in front of so many great athletes who have been inducted, and it’s great to be going in (the hall) with Carlee. She’s a phenomenal athlete and an even better person.”

Saturday’s induction was redeeming as well as rewarding as far as Ben Roethlisberger was concerned.

In the past, “Some negative things were said about me by people in this town. I was hurt and I resented that,” he said.

“But I want to say I’m sorry for letting a few bad words cloud the support I’ve had from so many people. I’m proud of this town. It means a lot to me and my family to be embraced with open arms like this.

“I’m humble and I’m proud to call Findlay home.”


You can read more here.


“Ben Roethlisberger: An epic journey”

April 22nd, 2017 by

From at the Findlay Courier today:

010617_1Ben Roethlisberger remembers a time when they were handing out football jerseys and they asked him what number he wanted.

He said No. 7, because that’s the number his idol, quarterback John Elway, wore.

An NFL Hall of Famer, Elway threw 300 touchdown passes in his pro football career. Last January, in a 30-17 AFC championship game loss to New England, Ben Roethlisberger threw his 301st.

“At this point in my career, somebody would come up to me almost every week and say, well you passed this guy in (total) yards or that guy in touchdowns,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s such an honor to be up there, to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys. Any time my name gets mentioned with those guys, some of the greats, it just means I’ve played a long time.”

It’s been an epic journey for a guy who, when he was very young, imagined himself becoming a spy and later, as a 1,000-point all-Ohio selection in basketball, possibly playing hoops in college. But the lanky kid with a strong arm and a strategist’s knowledge of defenses was destined to be a quarterback.

Big Ben’s strength was a knack for making the most of an opportunity, whether it was side-stepping a defensive end and stiff-arming a linebacker to completing a crucial third-down pass in a high school playoff win over Toledo Whitmer, or going from third-string to starter and winning his first 14 games when injuries sidelined Steelers starting quarterback Tommy Maddox and backup Charlie Batch early in his rookie season.

Life was better than good in the NFL spotlight.

In 2005, still just 23 years old, he became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl title when he guided the Steelers to a 21-10 win over Seattle in Super Bowl XL. Three seasons later he won another, driving the Steelers 88 yards in the final two minutes of the game and capping a 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII with a 6-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes with just 35 seconds on the clock.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2007, Big Ben was a rising star in the NFL ranks. In 2008, he signed an eight-year contract with the Steelers valued at over $100 million. He made appearances on late-night TV shows, and was much sought after for endorsement deals.

Heroic figures in all the classic tales must face adversity, though, and Roethlisberger faced his in 2010 when off-field incidents led NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend the Steelers QB for six games (later reduced to four) for a “pattern of behavior and bad judgment” that he said violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
It proved to be a turning point in Roethlisberger’s life.

“There was that ‘Big Ben’ thing. Everywhere you go people are telling you how great you are,” Roethlisberger said during the Steelers’ 2010 training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. “I’ll be the first to admit it. I did get caught up in it. But that’s not who I am and that’s not who I was raised to be, so we had to make some changes.

“I’m closing a chapter in my life, and that includes a number of things — lifestyle, people, all kinds of things. I’m excited for the new beginning. It’s a new chapter in my life and I think it’s going to be a good one.”

EasterDayIf fame and fortune blurred the image between Big Ben the NFL football icon and Ben Roethlisberger the person, faith and family brought it back into focus.

And it started with a return to his roots, in Findlay, and a visit with Greg Creech, the pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church that Ben attended as a youth.

To this day, Ben still points to that as a turning point.

“My parents instilled in me how important faith is, and for me to be able to pass that down to my kids, to live that kind of life, is very important to me,” said Roethlisberger, who also had Creech perform the ceremony when he married Ashley Harlan in 2011.

“A lot of it is maturity. As you get older you understand things, you understand life, you understand what’s important. It’s about putting things in perspective.

“You can say that early on, football is what I did and who I was. But it’s hard when that’s the only thing you have. Now it is much easier for me to put that in perspective. Football is still what I do, but it is not who I am.

“I love playing the game, I love playing the sport for the fans, for myself, for my family. But at the end of the day, I come home to an amazing family, I have a great relationship with the Lord and those are the things that matter most to me.”


You can read more here.


The 2017 Steelers schedule is here!

April 20th, 2017 by

From Steelers.com:

122516_1The Steelers have five primetime games, as well as play on Christmas Day.

The Steelers success last season has them in the national spotlight this season, as the 2017 schedule includes five nationally televised primetime games, giving Steelers Nation plenty of opportunity to see them in action.

And for the second-straight year, and only the second time in team history, the Steelers will play on Christmas Day. The Steelers will travel to Houston to take on the Texans at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 25, one of only two games to be played that day.

The Steelers kick off the season on the road against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 10, a 1 p.m. game against their AFC North rivals.

Things get rolling at Heinz Field on Sept. 17, when the team hosts the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. It’s then back on the road for games against the Chicago Bears (Sept. 24) and Baltimore Ravens (Oct. 1), before returning home to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 8) at Heinz Field. All three games kickoff at 1 p.m.

The Steelers head to Kansas City on Oct. 15 (4:25 p.m.), where they defeated the Chiefs last year in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Then it’s back home again for a matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on Oct. 22 (1 p.m.).

The first of five primetime games in a seven-week span will take place on Oct. 29 when the Steelers are on NBC’s Sunday Night Football against the Detroit Lions at 8:30 p.m. The following week they will have their bye (Nov. 5) and then travel to Indianapolis on Nov. 12 to take on the Colts at 1 p.m.

The Steelers begin a stretch of four-straight primetime games when they host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Nov. 16 on NBC/NFLN (8:25 p.m.), followed by a home game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football on Nov. 26 (8:30 p.m.). The Steelers will be on the road against the Bengals on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Dec. 4 (8:30 pm.). The primetime blitz concludes with a Sunday night game against the Ravens at Heinz Field on Dec. 10 (8:30 p.m.).

A rematch of the AFC Championship Game will be at Heinz Field on Dec. 17 when the Steelers host the New England Patriots at 4:25 p.m.

The team will once again play on Christmas Day when the Steelers travel to Houston on Monday, Dec. 25 for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff on NBC and NFLN.


You can read more & see the full schedule here.


Congratulations to Ben & his sister, Carlee!

April 19th, 2017 by

From the Findlay Courier:

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and former Findlay High School star Ben Roethlisberger will headline the 33rd annual Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony that is slated for 6 p.m. April 22 at Owens Community College’s Community Education and Wellness Center.

Tickets for the event are sold out.

Other inductees that will be honored include Mike Dillon, Terry Grose, Kathy Morris, Carlee Roethlisberger and Mianda Watts.

This year’s six inductees brings the total of Hall of Famers to 203 members since the first class was inducted in 1985.

The Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame has plaques, display cases and story bards containing memorabilia from inductees at Legends Steakhouse and Sports Bar at 411 South Main Street.


Ben Roethlisberger –

Ben-Findlay_340Before becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger was a star athlete at Findlay High and Miami (Ohio) University.

As a Trojan, Roethlisberger was all-Ohio in football and basketball. As a senior, he threw for 4,041 yards and 54 TDs, throwing for eight TDs against Fremont Ross and two TDs in the last 19 seconds to beat Napoleon. On the hardwood, he finished as the top career scorer (1,095 points) after an FHS record 546 points in 1999-00.

At Miami, he passed for more than 4,000 yards as a junior, leading the 10th-ranked Redhawks to a 13-1 record including a 49-28 GMAC bowl victory over Louisville. For his career, he completed more than 65 percent of his passes and threw 80 TDs.

Ben was a 1st round draft pick of the Steelers in 2004 and has since started 183 games. In addition to being the winning quarterback in two Super Bowls (2005, 2008), Ben holds over 50 franchise records and many NFL marks. His career stats include more than 46,000 passing yards, 301 TDs and a 13-7 career playoff record. He is the only NFL quarterback to lead his team to 20 fourth quarter comeback wins before the age of 30. He currently has the ninth best passing rating in NFL history.

Known for his charitable works, including the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, in 2014 he donated $1 million to Miami University.


Carlee Roethlisberger –

CarleeCarlee Roethlisberger was a star athlete in two sports at Findlay High School and the University of Oklahoma.

She set many records as a basketball player at FHS including the career record for points scored with 1,625, most points in a season with 534 and most career steals with 199. Roethlisberger led the Trojans to the state tournament in 2007.

As a 6-foot-1 middle blocker on the volleyball team, she averaged 3.7 kills per set and had 90 blocks as a senior. Roethlisberger was named a first-team all-Ohio selection in basketball and volleyball at FHS.

At Oklahoma, Roethlisberger played in 139 games, third highest in Sooners history. She averaged 6.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, recording three double-doubles against ranked opponents, including 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. No. 6 Ohio State. As a fifth-year athlete, Carlee played volleyball for OU and was named the 2011 Newcomer of the Year in the Big 12 Conference.

Roethlisberger is currently pursuing the AVP tour.


You can read about the other well-deserving HOF inductees here.


Happy Easter!

April 16th, 2017 by

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Happy Easter to everyone from the Roethlisberger family. We hope everyone has a blessed day, hopefully with family – and found lots of eggs. We hope everyone remembers the reason for Easter, HE IS RISEN! — Ben, Ashley, Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.



Easter Weekend

April 15th, 2017 by


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We’re coloring eggs outside & getting ready for Easter. — Benjamin & Baylee.



On the passing of Mr. Dan Rooney

April 13th, 2017 by


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Today we lost a great one! I wouldn’t be a Steeler if it wasn’t for Mr Rooney! We will miss you dearly! Love you DMR! — Ben.






April 14th update:

Ben spoke LIVE on KDKA-Channel 2 with Mr. Bob Pompeani about his favorite memories of Mr. Rooney.


Ben was also a guest on the Mark Madden Show on 105.9 The X.


“I’m the Bumblebee guy!”

April 11th, 2017 by

Meet Ron Manz, the “Bumblebee guy” who was proudly wearing his #7 jersey at The Masters on Sunday:


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“It’s an absolute thrill to be featured on Ben’s website! I had no idea that things would explode as they have when I wore his jersey to The Masters.

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from North Allegheny High School and Clarion University. I have lived in Charleston, SC for the past 15 years and I am President of Charleston Seafood. I actually ship seafood to many customers in the Pittsburgh area, which gives me an opportunity to “talk Steelers” with them. I’m so very proud of my Pittsburgh roots, and my entire family still resides in the North Hills.

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I’m fortunate enough to attend The Masters every year, and when Ben announced he would return – I had to wear his Jersey on the final round on Sunday. I travel to see as many Steelers games as possible, but when in Charleston, I watch the games with 50 to 60 of my closest friends – all wearing Steelers jerseys and waving our Terrible Towels!

Steeler Nation is alive and well in Charleston!” — Ron.




Wait…#7 was at The Masters?

April 9th, 2017 by


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Well, sort of!


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Do you see a resemblance to Mr. Burt Lauten, the Steelers Director of Communications? Hmmmmmm?



Congratulations to Sergio Garcia for winning The 2017 Masters!



MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

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EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The SunnyD Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: 2017
WHERE: Bethel Park High School, 309 Church Rd., Bethel Park, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: Keynote Speaker – Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend
WHEN: March 17-18, 2017
WHERE: Liberty University
TICKETS: IgniteMen.net (purchase by Oct 31, 2016)

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2017 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/10 @ Browns 1pm CBS
9/17 Vikings 1pm FOX
9/24 @ Bears 1pm CBS
10/1 Ravens 1pm CBS
10/8 Jaguars 1pm CBS
10/15 @ Chiefs 4:25pm CBS
10/22 Bengals 1pm CBS
10/29 @ Lions 8:30pm NBC
11/5 BYE N/A
11/12 @ Colts 1pm CBS
11/16 Titans 8:25pm NBC/NFLN
11/26 Packers 8:30pm NBC
12/4 @ Bengals 8:30pm ESPN
12/10 Ravens 8:30pm NBC
12/17 Patriots 4:25pm CBS
12/25 @ Texans 4:30pm NBC/NFLN
12/31 Browns 1pm CBS