The Ben Roethlisberger Show

September 19th, 2017 by

“I owe him everything, being here, being a Steeler, winning Super Bowls, to my family; I mean I wouldn’t have my wife and kids if it wasn’t for him. Literally, I had tears in my eyes during the National Anthem with the symphony.” — on the impact Mr. Dan Rooney has had on his life.



Ben joined the Cook and Poni Show today for his regular weekly appearance on the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show to talk about the Steelers (2-0) start and looking ahead to next Sunday in Chicago.

091917_1But before looking to this next week, he first reflected on the opportunity to honor Dan Rooney back carrying a “DMR” flag on Sunday and how much he means to him.

“It meant the world,” said Roethlisberger. “To come out, to wave that flag, take a little knee, say a little prayer, to really honor him. After the game, same thing, giving the game ball to Art [Rooney II], just saying that some of those guys, some of the young guys that are here, obviously don’t know this, but other than when he was in Ireland being the ambassador, this is probably the first home game he’s missed in like 70 years. But, like I said, in the locker room, he had the best seat in the house and this one was for him. So I gave the ball to Art, and he said he was going to give it to his mother, it was very emotional.”

Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense had a better show in Week 2 as he finished the day with 23 completions on 35 pass attempts for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. Roethisberger has a lot of weapons to choose from, but he can’t get caught up in trying to please.

“I take notice a little bit of, ‘OK, who’s maybe not getting the ball, who needs to get it, who’s not happy right now, and I’ll maybe try and get him a play or call a play in the no-huddle to give them the ball to keep everyone happy,” said Roethlisberger. “But I can’t let it affect my play-calling or forcing balls. In the past, I’ve done that where I’ve tried to keep guys happy and it creates a bad issue, whether it’s a turnover or a bad play because someone else was open because I’m trying to force it. So, at the end of the day, if it’s going to hurt the team I just kind of say, ‘You’re going to have to just deal with it’ and winning is more important and they can be mad at me all they want but they better realize that if we won the game that that’s all that matters.”

Both Roethlisberger and Tomlin were confused by the play clock running down before the two-point conversion attempt after the first touchdown on Sunday. Ben says that there has been a slight rule change that caught the Steelers off-guard.

091917As soon as a touchdown is scored, the 40-second play clock starts. At 20 seconds, the clock stops for a few seconds so the officials can review the play. Once they do that and everything checks out, the clock starts rolling again right after. Roethlisberger looked twice at the clock when it was paused at 20 seconds and assumed the play clock would remain there until the ball was placed for the two-point attempt. He says that they have learned from their mistake.

On the other side of the ball, both he and James Harrison were baffled as to why Harrison did not see the field on Sunday.

“I talked to him yesterday, I just kind of asked like, ‘What’s going on? What happened?’ He just gave me this look like, ‘I have no clue.’ So we talked a little bit about it, but there’s no real answers. He didn’t have any answers for me. I don’t know if he has any answers. I was kind of confused by it, I’m not really sure what the reasoning was on it,” said Roethlisberger.


You can listen to his full show here.


Before we say goodbye to Week 2…

September 19th, 2017 by

just a few more photos to share of the tribute to Mr. Dan Rooney from Steelers photographer Karl Roser

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You can see more right here. Mr. Roser’s album is here.


“Roethlisberger honored to honor Rooney”

September 18th, 2017 by

From Mike Prisuta today at Steelers.com:

091817It’s not often that perhaps the most emotional and most memorable moment of a game occurs prior to the opening kickoff.

But the Steelers’ hosting of Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field wasn’t just another game.

The Steelers paid tribute to Dan Rooney prior to the home opener, and the ceremony and celebration included quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sprinting from the tunnel as the offense was being introduced carrying a flag bearing Rooney’s initials, “D.M.R.”

Roethlisberger eventually passed the flag to linebacker James Harrison, who waved it in front of the crowd.

“Mike Marchinsky (of the Steelers’ marketing department) bought it to my attention early in the week, said we might do it, would you be OK with it?” Roethlisberger explained. “I said absolutely, and then it kinda got nixed for some reason later in the week. And then on Saturday morning I went to Thomas Tull (of the Steelers ownership group) and told him, ‘Hey, we gotta talk to Mr. (Art) Rooney (II) about this because it’s too important not to do it.’

“I think Art was just nervous that it would be a burden to me or to whoever carried it. I was like, absolutely not, it would be an honor to honor him. And it just was, I think, very appropriate.”

Rooney passed away on April 13.

“He was a father, a grandfather figure to everybody,” Roethlisberger said. “He treated everybody the same. It didn’t matter who you were, where you came from, what you did, everybody was important to him. Always had time to shake your hand, look at you, talk to you.

“And obviously, he drafted me, took a chance on me. I know he went into that draft room and said, ‘We’re not passing him up,’ and so I wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for him. Just a lotta love for him and the family.”

Art Rooney II received the game ball following the Steelers’ 26-9 victory.


You can read more here.


A Steelers Sunday in Photos

September 17th, 2017 by

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Ben and AB on NFL FOX Sunday before the game.


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How well do Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown really know each other? Find out here!


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#7 with the BIG BRO HUG for #99 during pregame warm-ups.



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A team prayer.



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Win it for Mr. Rooney!!

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Week 2: Vikings vs Steelers


On a day Pittsburgh honored the late Dan Rooney in their home opener, Big Ben threw two touchdowns to help the Steelers beat the Vikings, 26-9.


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With this game, Ben became the 7th player in NFL history to record 125 wins as a starter in the regular-season.



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Ben now has a touchdown pass in each of his last 45 home games – 3rd longest streak in NFL history and longest active streak.




Another win in the books!



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“I had tears in my eyes running out of the tunnel with the ‘DMR’ flag”.



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“We did what we had to do!”


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



Photo credits: BrettKeisel.com, Justin K. Aller, Peter Diana, Matt Freed, the Steelers, Dom Rinelli & Jeremy Fowler.



Say Cheese!!

September 16th, 2017 by

It’s Team Photo Day!


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Mike Tomlin @CoachTomlin

These are two good men we have as our captains this year.



You can see all the behind-the-scenes photos here.




Also this weekend:


“That smile will never go away”


From Teresa Varley, at Steelers.com:


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The smile on Jerardo Lopez’ face might be there for a long, long time.

“It’s not ever going away,” said Lopez, the smile growing bigger by the second.

It’s easy to understand why. Lopez, a 17-year old from Oxnard, California, had his dream come true on Friday, thanks to the Steelers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Lopez, who has battled leukemia, was at Steelers practice at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Friday and will attend Sunday’s game at Heinz Field. For him, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I really like the Steelers,” said Lopez. “I have been a big fan since I saw Troy Polamalu play. When I got diagnosed, my dream was to come and meet the Steelers.

“It’s been everything I hoped for. Everyone has been so nice to me.”


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And from what Lopez said, it was even more than he hoped for. After practice the players surrounded Lopez on the field, signing his jersey and football, and posing for pictures. And then he went inside the facility, where he had the chance to talk with some of his favorites, including Ben Roethlisberger, Bud Dupree and Antonio Brown.

“It was amazing when I got to see them, and having a conversation with them was even better,” said Lopez. “I am really grateful for that. They were asking me questions and greeting me. I thought they would just pass by me and say hi, but they all stopped, took pictures, and had a conversation with me. It was amazing.”

And with that, the smile continued.



You can see more photos from Jerardo’s day here.



It’s an International Fan Friday

September 15th, 2017 by

Regios de Acero‘s “#7 jersey portrait” has become a tradition around here at the start of every football season, so it’s only natural that we would start with them!

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“The photo is full of 7’s, another tradition of our Steelers Fan Club, and it is in honor of Ben ’cause he was the first to share with Steeler Nation worldwide our stories and photos. Thank you! #InBenWeTrust” — Roger Saucedo, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.


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Take a few minutes and stop by Regios de Acero’s Facebook page to see all of the fun photos from their annual Steelers Photos Day!



Now it’s on to Switzerland to meet a future hockey star (and possible Penguins #1 Draft pick?) with a great name & a great jersey number:

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“My name is Ben Roethlisberger too. I just received my new Ice Hockey Jersey, with of course the number 7. I am very proud to have the same name and number as you!” — Best regards from Switzerland, Little Ben.




And somewhere in the middle of the Caribbean…

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My new hubby watched the game on our honeymoon cruise. He is happy, so I’m happy! @steelers @_BigBen7



Congratulations to Jess & Alan!



And we’re going to end this one right back here in the USA in a place called Latrobe, PA!

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“Hi Ben! I wanted to take the time to thank you for your kindness when I had my grandson, Blaze Pierce, at Steelers camp this year. You called him ‘big guy’ and he says that’s his new nickname – we all have to call him that now. Lol. You truly made a little boy’s day, and he still talks about it! So from a Pittsburgh fan from Day One I wanted to let you know how appreciative we are that you take the time to show these young fans attention. He’s impatiently waiting to be old enough for your camp. He just turning 5 in October.” — Jody Claypool.



Thank you to everyone for sharing your photos with us!! Have a great weekend!! Go Steelers!!!


“Jentlemen” of honor

September 14th, 2017 by

On August 27th, we received an email from David Pilon asking where to send a donation to Ben’s foundation. After a bit of discussion back & forth (Hurricane Harvey got in the way of David’s responses), it was learned how this donation of $200 came to be, and we just knew it was worth sharing with Steeler Nation!

David not only sent us the background story, but also a rather creative “group” photo of the whole group “together” in one picture!

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The Jentlemens League was a fantasy football league formed in 2004 by a group of childhood friends. Thirteen years later, with life taking each member into different seasons of adulthood and different locations, a new idea was formed by the league’s founder. The commissioner, David Pilon aka The Commish TM, as recognized throughout the fantasy football world, proposed the idea of using a portion of the league fee to be donated to the winning franchise’s charity of choice.

All league members were in agreement and it was decided the winner of the 2016 Jentlemens League Championship would get to choose their preferred charity. The Jentlemens League motto is “Use your energy for consideration” and what better way to exemplify this than giving back to an organization that is using their energy to consider others and contribute towards a better world.

The Jentlemens League XIII saw a battle where The Potato Mashers (Sean Pilon and Nolan Misch) came out victorious. The Potato Mashers year after year had been known to draft Steelers players. The likes of Hines Ward, Heath Miller, and Antonio Brown were all part of this team throughout the years, heck they would have drafted Dick LeBeau if allowed! However, no Steelers player could compare to Ben Roethlisberger. Not only did Big Ben propel the team throughout the season, his Week 16 279 yards and 3 touchdowns performance against the Ravens were the ultimate deciding factor in the coveted Jentlemen’s League title.

It is with great honor we give back to The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and the work Big Ben is doing with the police and fire departments in the United States. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is perfectly aligned with The Jentlemens League motto of “Using your energy for consideration” by contributing to make this world a better place and for that we’re thankful to make this donation to such an impactful organization.

Thank you Big Ben and everyone associated with The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

Much thanks,

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Austin Coyle, Chris Flanagan, Dom Etcheberria, Eric Vasquez, Evan Bauman, Matt Caropino, Miles Carter, Seth Carter, Tim Lacomb, Andrew Fedynyshyn, Nolan Misch, Sean Pilon, and Dave Pilon aka The Commish.



To the Jentlemens League, MUCH THANKS to you!!!


Wednesday’s chat with the media

September 13th, 2017 by

Ben talks Vikings & more…

From Teresa Varley at Steelers.com this afternoon:

vikingsLast week the Steelers faced a Cleveland Browns defense that came out strong, ready to show the improvements they have made.

“That is a really good defense,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “That team is going to surprise a lot of people. I am glad we played them game one.”

This week, Roethlisberger knows it won’t get any easier when they play the Minnesota Vikings, who are coming off a 29-19 win over the New Orleans Saints, keeping them out of the end zone until the final two minutes of the game.

“We know going in how good their defense is,” said Roethlisberger. “If you slow down that offense that they did, it’s pretty impressive.”

Roethlisberger said the Vikings defense has similarities to the Cincinnati Bengals from the past, and that comes as no surprise. Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer served as the Bengals defensive coordinator from 2008-13, and Zimmer’s defenses were tough in Cincinnati, and that hasn’t changed in Minnesota. Last year the Vikings had the third-ranked defense in the NFL, and they are looking equally impressive.

“They have a lot of similarities (to the Bengals),” said Roethlisberger. “They do the same sort of fronts and coverages. That’s what we talked about this morning. When you think of these guys, think of Cincinnati.

“They have some personnel guys they move around. They don’t do as much double barrel. It’s early in the year so we are not exactly sure what we are going to see.”

While Roethlisberger isn’t sure what he is going to see from the Vikings, what he hopes to see in the Steelers’ home opener at Heinz Field is the type of crowd he has seen take over games and have an impact on the outcome.

“I expect it, and hope it will be loud, crazy,” said Roethlisberger. “We need to bring back that home field, Heinz Field kind of mystic. It was always that way when I first got here, the first few years. I am not saying we lost it.

“Teams need to fear coming into Heinz Field, one because of the fans and the craziness, and two because of our play.”


You can read more & check out the video of his interview here.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

September 12th, 2017 by

“We won the football game, right? This isn’t the BCS, it’s not college, style points don’t matter. We went into that game and we were supposed to win it right on paper, and we won it. If we don’t win it, then everybody is going to be talking about ‘why didn’t they win the game?’ Well we won the game, that should be all that matters.” — Ben.



Here’s a recap from 93.7 The Fan this morning:

011717In the Steelers 21-18 opening week victory over the Browns, Big Ben and Brown connected on 11 passes to lead the way for the Steelers as they held on to beat their AFC North rival, and Ben shared with us why he wasn’t at all shocked by what Brown did in their opener.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Ben told us about Browns 182-yard day. “I don’t think anybody works as hard as [Antonio] does and I don’t think two people work as well as him and I do…What we’ve done together these last few years playing together, the chemistry that we have, the understanding that we have, the looks, just everything we do to me is on a different level and he’s a different level receiver.”

One player Ben did come away from the game impressed by was tight end Jesse James, who he says was motivated by the trade for Vance McDonald.

“I think Jesse has benefited the most of anybody from the Vance trade,” Ben told us. “He kind of took it personal.” James recorded 6 catches for 41 yards, but more importantly two touchdowns.

Ben pointed out one play in particular where Antonio Brown was streaking down the field after catching a pass and James was doing everything he could to get out ahead of Brown and make just one more block to spring him free and paid James one of the biggest compliments a Steelers tight end could receive.

“That’s a Heath Miller play, if you will. Heath Miller would have done something like that. It’s good to see Jesse do that and I’m really happy for him. He’s not playing JV, I promise you that.

Aside from Brown and James, there were lots of struggles on the offensive side of the ball as it looked like they were shaking off the rust, but Ben isn’t concerned. He went on to admit though that they weren’t at their best and they want “to be the best every week,” but at the end of the day, they still won the game.

A large part of those struggles stemmed from a lack of a running game as Le’Veon Bell rushed for just 32 yards on 10 attempts, one of the worst games of his professional career, so naturally Ben was asked if that was due to Bell shaking off rust after holding out during training camp.

“He probably didn’t get the touches and the carries and everything that he would have probably liked, but that’s just a result of the system of defense that we played.”

So while many were calling out Bell for his poor performance, Ben told us it wasn’t a product of him not being ready.

“The biggest thing for me when we get out there is communication. Is he asking a lot of questions? Is he looking bug-eyed, if you will, when plays are called and things like that? There was none of that. I thought there was great communication.”

Ben admitted there were some miscues between him and Bell where they weren’t able to connect, but says he feels good about where they are moving forward.


You can listen here.


“Ben Roethlisberger Gets Real”

September 12th, 2017 by

Back in March, Ben gave testimony to more than 7,000 in attendance at the Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend:


Nick“I’m at the event Ben was great with humility and grace. He has really grown on the Lord and his heart is tender. Thanks Ben!” — Robert Ellenberger.


“Great Job at Ignite Men’s Impact last night. Great to hear Big Ben open up about his faith and family!” — Chris Hrabosky.

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@_BigBen7 your presence tonight was amazing! I prayed for you brother! I wish you the best in your journey!



“Ben ended the evening by asking for our prayers, noting that he is far from perfect, and daily seeks the Lord for help. You got it, Ben.” — Nick Bonnett. (Photo)


“I’m at the event Ben was great with humility and grace. He has really grown on the Lord and his heart is tender. Thanks Ben.” — Robert Ellenberger.


Travis Spencer @87Gronk
Thank you @_BigBen7 for telling your story.

“I had the blessing of hearing you in Lynchburg tonight. It’s great to see you share your joys and struggles with others. We all face them and you certainly have our prayers as you strive to be a Godly husband and father. When my son, Ben, was little he asked for a 7 jersey and kid sized football helmet. He wore them with pride. Ben is 16 now and tonight we sat together and got to see you describe the way The Lord has brought your faith to a higher level. Thanks for courageously sharing. You’ll never know how you blessed others. Have fun hunting in NZ.” — Tim Alcore.



If you wanted to attend but couldn’t…

Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk website has made it possible to hear Ben’s testimony.

You can listen to Part I here, and Part II here.


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2017 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/10 @ Browns Win: 21-18
9/17 Vikings Win: 26-9
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