Ben: “It was a fun win, but it’s Baltimore time”

October 29th, 2014 by

Wednesday – weighing in on this Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens:

102914How do you top Sunday’s performance?

Just win. That was last Sunday and it’s in the rearview mirror. It was a fun win, but it’s Baltimore time and that’s what the focus point (was) straight to Monday morning.


Do you have to set aside your accomplishments from Sunday?

It’s not hard to do. I told you Monday morning I got up and I started changing diapers, cleaned up the kitchen (and started) moving on. Life goes on and that’s the realistic part of it. You have to put it behind you just as if you have a bad game. You have to be able to put it behind you and move on. There’s no point in sitting here dwelling on the past when we have a big one this week.


Can the performance last Sunday jumpstart something for this offense?

Well I hope so. There are things that we can take and learn from. We know there’s going to be new challenges this week with a great defense coming in here in Baltimore and the rivalry and primetime. It’s not going to be easy and I‘ve said I don’t care what our stats are as long as at the end of the game we have more points than the other team.


What’s the secret with Terrell Suggs sacking you 16 times?

(Laughing) He’s one of the best that plays the game and that’s rushing the passer and getting after it (and has) a high-motor. (I have) a lot of respect for him and we’ll just try to keep him off of me.


How much does Baltimore’s defense lose with Jimmy Smith being out?

Well they’ve been rotating some guys in. We’ve watched some of that Cincinnati game when he went out and seeing what they’re doing. It’s almost more difficult because we don’t know what they’re going to do. We don’t know if that means more zones, more pressures, more man-to-man (coverage) so we’ll just have to kind of prepare for everything.


How special is this week with the divisional game and Joe Greene’s jersey number retirement?

It’s a divisional game, it’s primetime, it’s at our place so it means a lot. And then you throw on top the Joe Greene aspect of it and wanting to do it for him. It’s pretty big.


What are your thoughts when you see one of the foundations of this organization being honored?

I think it’s awesome. I don’t want to say it’s about time because that sounds disrespectful because that’s not the way it’s meant. But when a guy of his magnitude, stature (and) what he’s done for the game of football and not just for this organization but the game of football he deserves to be immortalized in our stadium as well. He’s in the Hall of Fame and goes down as one of the greatest. I’m not sure what they’re going to do if they’re putting a banner up or what the deal is going to be. But everyone will know for all-time that he is immortalized in this stadium.


Was there something specific about Indianapolis’ defensive scheme that made it easier for your offense to execute?

No we just played good. We had a good plan, we executed and made plays.


What does it mean to be able to give back to your alma mater?

It means a lot. It means a lot to me and to my family to be able to do something that has my name, Coach Hoeppner’s name tied into it to help that program for all the good it did. It meant so much for the school and it meant so much to me. It’s a humbling honor that we can do that.


You can read more from Ben’s weekly interview here.


Congratulations to Big Ben!

October 29th, 2014 by

Ben has won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Colts.

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From Steelers.com this morning:

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance versus the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8, the NFL announced today.

Roethlisberger put together one of the most impressive passing performances in NFL history as he completed 40-of-49 passes for 522 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. He set new single-game franchise records in completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns en route to his 100th career win.

Roethlisberger’s 522 passing yards are tied for the fourth-most in league history, and he became the first player to record two 500-yard passing games as he threw for 503 yards versus the Green Bay Packers in 2009.

This marks the 10th time that Roethlisberger has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week as he was honored in Week 11 of the 2013 season for his performance against the Detroit Lions.


You can read more & see video highlights here.


Autographs for a very good cause!

October 28th, 2014 by

Heath Miller’s 2014 Bid for Hope event took place last night at Off the Hook in Warrendale, PA. The event, for the Glimmer of Hope Foundation, has raised over $1.6 million in it’s 13 years. Proceeds benefit the organization’s “Under-40 Breast Cancer Study”.

Ben and several of his teammates not the only attended the event to show their support for this worthwhile cause, but sat down to sign autographs for those in attendance!

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Thumbs up! Teresa Varley snapped this photo at the autograph table of Big Ben, Bruce Gradkowski, and Lance Moore – obviously enjoying themselves!


You can read her story on the event, see photos and a video all right here.

And check out a great fan site for Heath here!


“Roethlisberger Gives Back In A Big Way”

October 27th, 2014 by

“I want to thank Ben and Ashley for their support of Miami Athletics. This gift continues our vision to make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and that includes winning MAC Championships. I am thankful that both Ben and Ashley share in that same vision.” – Miami Athletics Director David Sayler.



From the Miami Redhawks website today:

050612graduation_ben_ashleyMiami University, which has been graduating champions since 1809, took a major step forward on Monday (Oct. 27), with the announcement that Ben Roethlisberger, a 2012 graduate and two-time Super Bowl Champion (2005, 2008) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has made a commitment to Miami Athletics.

He and his wife Ashley have agreed to donate $1 million towards the Indoor Sports Center.

“This gift is a huge thank you to everything, on and off the field, that Miami University provided me,” said Roethlisberger. “Attending Miami was one of the best decisions of my life and I am happy to play a small part in helping to rebuild this football program.”

The Indoor Sports Center, which is expected to be completed in January, will feature a full-length 120-yard playing surface that will be called “Ben Roethlisberger Field.” The Indoor Sports Center will positively impact all 19 of Miami’s sports programs and allow teams to train year-round.

In his time at Miami, Roethlisberger completed 854-of-1,304 pass attempts for 10,829 yards and 84 touchdowns from 2001-03. His junior campaign was one for the ages, throwing for 4,486 yards and 37 touchdowns, leading Miami to 12-consecutive wins, including a Mid-American Conference Championship and GMAC Bowl victory. That season alone, he captured third-team All-America honors and was just the third player in Miami history to garner the Vern Smith Award as the Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Player.

Roethlisberger to this day still ranks first in Miami history in completion percentage (.655) and touchdowns, and is second in pass attempts, completions, yards and total offense (11,075).

That vision, spoken about by Athletics Director David Saler, includes improving facilities across the board at Miami. Earlier this season Millett Hall got a face-lift with the addition of red seats and improved lighting. The new weight and conditioning room inside Goggin Ice Center was completed prior to the start of the hockey season. The Legacy Project at Hayden Park is currently underway. Improvements there include locker rooms, offices for the coaching staff and training equipment.


You can read more here.


Adams on Ben: ‘The guy was in a zone’

October 27th, 2014 by

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com today:

Steelers offensive linemen loved what they saw from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.

102714The smile on Mike Adams face said it all about what it was like for the offensive line during Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Not only was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not sacked, but he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards in a game twice in a career.

When the announcement came across the Heinz Field PA system of that accomplishment during the game, you could see from the offensive line’s reaction that they were pumped.

“We were hype,” said Adams, still fired up about it the day after. “That says a lot about the line that he had time to throw almost 50 passes. I know he felt good back there. We felt good. It was a fun game, one for the ages.”

Roethlisberger, who also recorded his 100th regular season win in the 51-34 victory, completed 40 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 150.6.

“The guy was in a zone,” said Adams. “He went out there and had a great game. It was something that was awesome to be a part of. To be the only guy to have two 500 yard games, and to be in there for one of them is something you will never forget.”

Center Maurkice Pouncey joked about it being an okay kind of performance for Roethlisberger, then quickly went on and on about how special a player he is.

“He is awesome. He is a Hall of Fame quarterback,” said Pouncey. “He does a great job of leading this team. As you can tell he can make big time plays and have big time games as well. He is awesome. We love seeing big time plays like that. When he has receivers that make the big time catches and plays like that, it all looks great.

“It’s exciting, we got to share that memory with him. It will always be in our mind that we helped him achieve that. For the offensive line not to have any sacks, we just want to keep building on that and see how things go next week.”


You can read more here.


Steelers 51, Colts 34

October 26th, 2014 by

“This is a good team win for us….It was a nice night of being home!” – Ben, post-game.


Oh yeah, and Ben had a pretty good game too!


From ESPN Stats & Info:


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Keisel joked after the game that he wants Ben’s game jersey after such a huge performance. Keisel very happy for his teammate and friend.




From Jim Corbett, USA Today:

Ben Roethlisberger on 500-yard game: ‘Why does it have to stop here?’

102614Ben Roethlisberger held his young son, Ben Jr. as he beamed at his locker, giving Little Ben and his teammates a record-setting performance to look up to when his team needed him most.

Roethlisberger said this week he and his up-and-down Steelers were close to playing their most complete game.

Boy, was he ever right. No better time than Sunday for Roethlisberger to remind everyone he’s still an elite, two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback by setting franchise records for passing yards (522), touchdown passes (six) and completions (40).

His yardage total that ignited Sunday’s 51-34 victory against the Indianapolis Colts was tied for the fourth-highest in league history. It was the second time Roethlisberger eclipsed 500 passing yards for the 5-3 Steelers — the first player in NFL history with two such games — who have won two straight games for the first time.

“We felt they couldn’t stop us because we were just clicking,” Roethlisberger said. “There has been a lot of great quarterbacks that have played this game. And it’s just an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as a lot of those guys.

“I’m glad we finally put two wins together. Because 5-3 is a lot better than 4-4.”


You can read more here.



And from Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

Ben Roethlisberger became the first QB in history to pass for 500 yards in a game twice in a career.

102614_1In short, Ben Roethlisberger was everything his team needed him to be, and because the game was against a potent offensive opponent, he was everything his team needed him to be for all 60 minutes.

Roethlisberger completed 40-of-49 for 522 yards, with six touchdowns and no interceptions to finish with a rating of 150.6. He became the first player in NFL history to pass for over 500 yards twice in a career; he became one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to win his 100th game within 150 career starts. As for this particular game, Roethlisberger was the biggest reason why the Steelers converted 62 percent on third downs, why the Steelers were 5-for-6 in the red zone, why the Steelers almost doubled the Colts’ time of possession by finishing with 39:43, why the Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 51-34, at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.


You can see a few photos from the game here.

You can watch Ben’s post-game interview here.


Backstage with Big Ben & the family

October 25th, 2014 by

We have a wonderful collection of photos to share from family friend Dr. Ronald Cypher, who attended last night’s Steelers Style Black and Gold Fashion Show at Heinz Field!

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“Hmmm, a girl could get used to this whole modeling thing!” - Baylee.



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“Mommy, you have NO idea how glad I am to be off that stage!! I thought we were coming here to watch some football!” – Benjamin, Jr.



And one from the runway:

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You can enjoy more photos here!


*Thank you so much to Dr. Cypher!


Roethlisbergers on the Runway

October 25th, 2014 by

This year, the Black and Gold Style Fashion Show celebrated 40 years of Steelers Style.

This worthwhile event included dinner and a high-energy runway fashion show extravaganza prominently featuring the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers and their families modeling clothing from American Eagle, Nike, and the NFL, benefiting the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center.

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Big Ben, his beautiful wife Ashley, our favorite little website poster, Benjamin Jr, and his adorable baby sister, Baylee showing off their Steelers Style on the runway!

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The Steelers’ Teresa Varley snapped this great photo and shared it with us:

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Daddy & Baylee take a turn on the big stage:

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There better be a bottle waiting for me backstage! Looking THIS good THIS late at night is hard work! – Baylee




You can see more great photos of your favorite Steelers players here, and read Ms. Varley’s runway review here.!


Ben: ‘To see the joy is special’

October 24th, 2014 by

The Steelers made a wish come true for a special fan from Texas.


From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com today:

As a wide-eyed James Davila watched Ben Roethlisberger emerge from the Steelers locker room area his smile was wider than the entire state of Texas, a place the 15-year old calls home.

Davila stared silently as Roethlisberger jokingly walked past him and spoke with his younger brother, then his sister and parents, and then, in a playful way Roethlisberger walked over to the Make-A-Wish recipient and asked him, and who are you.

Davila couldn’t stop smiling, couldn’t even speak he was so overcome with excitement. He let out an excited laugh, but that was about all the tongue-tied teen could muster. And how could you blame him, his wish was coming true.

And it got even better when Roethlisberger handed him the cleats he wore in Monday night’s win over the Houston Texans at Heinz Field and then autographed them for him.


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“It’s so much fun,” said Roethlisberger. “To be able to have someone where you can see the joy and their face light up is special. To give him that surprise and hand him my cleats was really fun.”

Davila, who recently completed treatment for sarcoma of the liver that required a transplant, had been waiting a year for this wish to come true – to meet Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu, as well as the rest of the Steelers. And through the relationship between the Steelers and the Make-A-Wish of Western Pennsylvania, it was worth the wait.

“When I first started liking the team I was a lot younger and liked the black and gold,” said Davila. “Then I watched them a lot on television, seeing how they played and I really liked the way they played. I really like Ben and Troy.”

Davila and his family attended practice on Friday, meeting Polamalu, Coach Mike Tomlin and Art Rooney II, as well as the rest of the players, and will be at Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field.

“This has been so exciting. I used to play football, and I like watching it. I can’t play football anymore, so seeing professional football players, what I wanted to do some day, is really exciting. Seeing them in person and not on the screen … wow.”


You can see more great photos of James, with players like Troy, Brett, Heath and Ike right here.


*A BIG Thank You to Ms. Varley & of course, the Steelers!


Starkey & Bouchette “talk Big Ben” today

October 23rd, 2014 by

“We do whatever it takes around here!” – Ben.



From Joe Starkey, at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

102314Mike Tomlin calls his quarterback “a sick competitor.” The description seemed especially apt Monday night at Heinz Field, where Ben Roethlisberger pretty much lost his mind in the pursuit of victory.

Roethlisberger turns 33 in March. He does not have the security of a new contract. His body has absorbed untold punishment in the form of 406 sacks and countless hits.

Yet there he was in the second quarter, diving head-first into the shins of Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus in hopes of giving Antonio Brown an extra second to throw. The result was a Brown-to-Lance Moore touchdown that went a long way toward the 99th victory of Roethlisberger’s career.

One question, Ben: Why did you do that?

“It’s my job to secure the edge, and he came upfield pretty quick. So I had to make sure I slowed him down.”

So yes, “sick competitor” fits. “Prolific winner” does, too, even after back-to-back 8-8 seasons (Roethlisberger has never had a losing one).

If the Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Roethlisberger will improve his record to 100-50 and reach 100 wins faster than all but three quarterbacks in NFL history. And those three quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw) own 11 Super Bowl rings combined.

This isn’t some statistician’s phony milestone. It’s not consecutive games with 15 completions for 150 yards. This is 100 wins.

This is big, even if Roethlisberger downplayed it Wednesday.


You can read more here, including “seven snapshots culled from those 99 wins”.


“He’s got it all. His anticipation, his vision, his awareness, especially when things are breaking down and [he is] finding guys and dumping the ball off and getting to his check-downs. He’s playing really good football.” – Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Ben.



And from Ed Bouchette, at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

102314_1Only three quarterbacks in the history of the NFL won their 100th game by their 150th start. Two are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the other is headed there.

They are Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady.

Ben Roethlisberger can become the fourth. All he and the Steelers must do is beat the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Heinz Field. It will be his only chance to match the other three because that will be Roethlisberger’s 150th regular-season start.

“I guess if you play long enough, you’re going to get those milestones,” was Roethlisberger’s reaction.

Well, no, not this one. Plenty of quarterbacks played many years without achieving 100 wins, never mind in their first 150 games. Roethlisberger always maintained that his most important statistic is wins and this would put him in rare company, not to mention two of the other three having strong Pittsburgh connections. Bradshaw and Montana each won four Super Bowls, Brady has three, Roethlisberger two.

“The guy is just a tremendous quarterback, he’s a future first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

Pagano knows what it’s like to prepare his team to play against Roethlisberger. As the Baltimore Ravens secondary coach and then defensive coordinator from 2008-11, his defenses went against Roethlisberger six times in the regular season (Roethlisberger missed two games against the Ravens in that time) and two playoff games.

With Roethlisberger playing, the Steelers went 6-2 in those games, including both in the postseason.

“I’ve gone against him obviously numerous times, some good and a lot of bad,” Pagano said.

Pagano detailed why it was so difficult preparing to play Roethlisberger.

“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s accurate, he’s got great, great vision, strength. You can’t get him down in the pocket. The way he’s able to throw on time, throw on rhythm, throw the deep ball and the way he can extend plays and escape and brush off would-be blitzers and things like that and find guys, it’s amazing.

“He’s completing 66, 67 percent of his passes. He’s only thrown three interceptions. He’s managing the game extremely well. He’s getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers. From a physical standpoint it looks like he’s in great shape. The movement, the mobility is still there. The arm talent has not diminished; he still throws one of the nicest balls in the entire National Football League — deep balls, check-downs, crossers, it doesn’t matter.”


You can read more here.


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

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EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

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

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

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.

 


2014 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

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 8:30PM
11/9 @ New York Jets 1:00PM
11/17 @ Tennessee 8:30PM
11/24 BYE N/A
11/30 New Orleans 1:00PM
12/7 @ Cincinnati 1:00PM
12/14 @ Atlanta 1:00PM
12/21 Kansas City 1:00PM
12/28 Cincinnati 1:00PM