Bye Bye Beards!

February 15th, 2019 by

Tonight was Brett Keisel’s Ninth Annual Shear Da Beard event to benefit cancer programs at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh!


This year, there was an extra beard to shear — and it belonged to Steelers Defensive Captain, Cam Heyward!


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Big Ben was back to snip at the Big Beard once again (and offer a little encouragement), as well as take a snip or two from the “baby beard“.

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#7 even got into the bidding early on, but sadly was outbid on a treasured keepsake:




You can read about this fun evening for a great cause and see all the photos here.


(Photos: Karl Roser)

It was a Monster Jam kinda Saturday!

February 9th, 2019 by

Start your engines!


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Not sure who is happier to be there, Benjamin Jr. or Bodie?!


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Look out! Benjamin Jr. AKA “Monster Jamin” is behind the wheel and ready to smash some cars!


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Bodie, you better jump in, buckle up and hang on little dude!


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The wheels on the Bus…er…Monster Truck go round and round!


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Thanks to Mommy & Dad for the funnest Saturday EVER for us guys!


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The Monster Jam Fam: Big Ben, Brett Keisel, Cam Heyward, Vance McDonald, Al Villanueva, Stephon Tuitt, B.J. Finney all brought their families to enjoy the show!



“A challenge worth taking”

February 7th, 2019 by

The Keisel/Armstrong Challenge:


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During the 11th annual WDVE Rocks Children’s Radiothon, Brett Keisel and Colby Armstrong had a friendly challenge to see who could raise more funds for Children’s Hospital during the Pens hour broadcast. Brett put in a good fight, but — unfortunately for him — Colby came out on top, meaning Brett went through a series of hockey skills and drills on the ice which you can watch right here.


Wait! What was #7 doing there you ask? Click on the link to watch the video and find out!


While you’re there, you can also enter for a chance to win autographed hockey sticks or autographed jerseys used by the guys during DaBeard’s big day on the Da Ice! All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.



You can follow Brett’s news & events here!



Hey Steeler Nation Dads (and Moms)…

February 5th, 2019 by

Imagine spending Father’s Day with your youngster(s) watching them learn fundamental football skills from the best in the business at the Steelers practice facility!!

I know, I know, it’s only February – but before you know it hot weather will be here, and so will the chance for your future NFL stars to not only get in some serious football practice, but to catch a pass from Big Ben too!

And that’s not all!

Before the day ends, each camper will receive a souvenir autograph from Ben and receive a team photo with him.

The Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp will be returning to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Sunday, June 16th!

#7 will be on-site to direct the event (as well as be the big guy you see running around the facility all day working with each group) and will be joined by a selection of prep and college coaches from the area. The event is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. Proceeds benefit the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


Registration and more information is available at BenRoethlisbergerCamp.com.


So you’re still not sure that THIS is the way you want to spend your Father’s Day Sunday? Well then, let’s see if our parents & grandparents at last year’s camp can convince you, starting with dad Big Ben himself (and photographer Matt Freed):




Check out this fun video shared by parent Eileen Mess:




The camp parents were ON the [foot]ball all day with their tweets, photographs & videos throughout Ben’s camp:


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Eileen Mess @Eimess76
Annual tradition continues!! Father’s Day with Ben and family!


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Caleb Koehler was there early along with his little brother, and boy, did he have his GAME FACE ON! #NoRiskNoReward


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Clockwise from the top left:


Heather Zuzik @mrsz050606
Our little QB in the making had a BLAST today at @ProCamps!!! This was def an #Experience he’ll remember for a very long time!! Thank you @_BigBen7 for being so amazing and for this amazing opportunity!! 🏈


Melissa @Meli010985
He’s so excited to be here!! @ProCamps @_BigBen7 #experience


Jim Budzilek @JimBudzilek
Ready to roll! @_BigBen7


Chuck Burton @burton_coach
@_BigBen7 1st time camper from Daleville, VA #experience


Tom @trennie01
Some guys are pumped for camp this Father’s Day @_BigBen7 #herewegosteelers



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Linda Phillips @wecame2believe
Luke has been planning this hair cut since knowing he’s coming to Big Ben’s Football Camp.


Group photos BEFORE they get all sweaty & tired!


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Team photo time at the @_BigBen7@_BigBen7 Football ProCamp! #Experience – at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex


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Suzy Clark @ZumbaSuzy76
Thanks @_BigBen7 for taking time with Ryan today @ProCamps #experience @steelers





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Shannan Anderson @shannan67809423
Catching a pass. Ready for another awesome Father’s Day at camp with Big Ben. @ProCamps @_BigBen7


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Jim Budzilek @JimBudzilek
Doing his drills @_BigBen7@ProCamps




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Joe Clark @clark_74
Coach ‘EM up Big Ben!! ⁦⁦@ProCamps @_BigBen7#experience


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Melissa @Meli010985
Ben threw a pass to each and every kid here 🏈🖤💛 ⁦⁦@ProCamps @_BigBen7#experience





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Heather TROYER @TroyerHeather
@_BigBen7@ProCamps #experience #AutismRocks
Thank You Ben for making Gabbys day! She has been a fan for many years and all shes ever wanted to do is meet you! THANKS AGAIN FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!


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Nay Nay @USMC_Bunnie
Now the heat is on, literally 😂 still having a blast!! BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!!! @_BigBen7@ProCamps #experience


And after a long, hot, fun day…


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Bill B @bigben67
@_BigBen7 Thank you for a great day!


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Jackie Terranova @jackietnova
Great program, I have a happy camper! Thanks for your time Big Ben! @_BigBen7 @ProCamps





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T-Box Grouper @SteelCity_LCpl
Tired but elated!!!! What an awesome day! Thank you so much @_BigBen7 and @ProCamps for hosting such a special event. I really needed this today. You have no idea.


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Robyn Freeh @rkfreeh
Thank you for an amazing experience!! This was Aiden’s first year at camp. He had an awesome time. @_BigBen7 @ProCamps


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Cindy Koehler @ck5121
And that’s a wrap! So thankful for the invite to attend this camp! The power of social media is amazing! Caleb and Micah both got to meet Big Ben! We are heading home with a few new memories and a few new shirts😊Thank you @_BigBen7 we are forever thankful! #norisknoreward


Convinced yet? Then get ’em signed up right here. But don’t wait too long – Ben’s camp fills up fast!


You can see all the great photos from Ben’s past camps shared by parents & grandparents here.


You can see more photos from Mr. Freed and read about Ben’s camp here.



The greatest fanbase in the world

February 1st, 2019 by

…doing really great things for their community!


“We have been a fan club here in York, PA for over 25 years. We have been able to give over $65,000 to local charities during this time. Because of Ben’s donations to K-9 units all over the country, we thought it would be great to do the same. This year we were able to give a check to the York County Sheriff’s K-9 unit.” — Linda Baugher, Steelers Fan Club of York.


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And from #7 himself:


I want to thank Linda and the Steelers Fan Club of York, PA for honoring my foundation work with their generous contribution to their local Police K9 Unit. What an awesome thing to do! — Ben.




Linda, thank you for sharing these great photos with us!


Steeler Nation: You can donate to Ben’s foundation any time of the year and we truly thank you for whatever you can give!


To friend and former teammate, Alan Faneca:

January 31st, 2019 by

Alan, just wanted to send you my best for Saturday night. You are a Hall of Famer and I am honored to have played with you, and to call you a friend. — Ben.


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#MyCauseMyCleats Raffle

January 28th, 2019 by

On December 16, 2018, Ben selected the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as his nonprofit of choice for the NFL’s #MyCauseMyCleats initiative wearing a pair of amazing custom cleats during the win over the New England Patriots.

Listen to Ben below on why he selected the Pittsburgh Zoo and what makes his cleats so special:



Today, Ben and the Pittsburgh Zoo announced that his autographed, game-used custom cleats are being raffled off!


From the Pittsburgh Zoo:

Join the raffle to win his game-worn custom cleats and help support the many wild residents of the Pittsburgh Zoo, including two of the most endangered species in the world – the Amur leopard and the Amur tiger. Ben wore these cleats on Sunday, December 16 during the Steelers vs. Patriots game. In honor of Big Ben #7, the raffle tickets will only be $7 per entry.


You can enter here! The drawing date is February 09, 2019 at 12:05 am EST.


The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work

January 21st, 2019 by

From the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website today:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be adding a third certified K-9 to its pilot program and it is all thanks to the generosity of NFL two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

CPW already has two K-9’s in a pilot program to see how dogs can be used for law enforcement and wildlife management. Last Thursday, Samson, an 18-month old Belgian Malinois, began his month-long training to become a certified law enforcement K-9 that will partner with Ian Petkash, wildlife officer for the Lake George District.

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Petkash received a $12,000 grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund back in November when Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers played in Denver. The funds CPW received will be used to purchase and train Samson.

“This K-9 will not only aid in the apprehension of those who seek to exploit wildlife, but will also be trained in canine hard-releases on bears and mountain lions that have come into conflict with people,” Petkash said. “This non-lethal tool will serve to keep wildlife wild and keep people safe. Furthermore, the K-9 will serve as an ambassador for wildlife management to Colorado’s public. On behalf of the wildlife and the people of Colorado, I want to thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for providing this opportunity.”

CPW enlisted Johnson’s K9 out of Colorado Springs to search for and purchase the dog, which was obtained from a private breeder in Texas. Johnson’s K9 will also be administering the training for Samson and Petkash.

Samson’s responsibilities will focus on assisting Petkash with law enforcement detection work as well being used as an experiment on hard-releases for bears and mountain lions.

Samson will be trained to detect the scent of nine different wildlife species – bears, deer, elk, moose, mountain lions, pronghorn, trout, upland birds and waterfowl. He will also be a tool used by wildlife officers in the negative reinforcement of bears and mountain lions that CPW relocates following conflicts with people.

The other two K-9’s already enlisted in CPW’s pilot program are Sci, a Dutch Shepherd partnered since 2015 with wildlife officer Philip Gurule in Area 14, and Cash, a black Labrador partnered with wildlife officer Brock McArdle in Area 4 since 2017.

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Certified with the National Police Canine Association for handler protection, fugitive apprehension and various wildlife species odor detection, Cash and Sci are working hard to help protect Colorado’s natural resources and all of those who enjoy them. Samson will help further that mission once he gets his law enforcement training completed over the course of the next month. Additional training on the bear and mountain lion hard releases will be dependent on live situational training’s throughout the springtime months.

Since CPW’s K-9 program is in a pilot stage, it relies almost entirely on public donations for funding. The funds support continual training’s for the wildlife officers and their K-9 partners, cost of food, boarding, veterinary services, maintenance and training equipment.

To support CPW’s K-9 program, please visit its GoFundMe page by clicking here.


If you’d like more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation you can visit Ben’s Foundation page. For more in-depth information, please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.


Fans:

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


It may be cold and snowy now

January 14th, 2019 by

…but we’re looking ahead to warm weather, sunshine & Ben’s football camp in June!


Eileen Mess @Eimess76
Annual tradition continues!! Father’s Day with Ben and family!



That’s right, the Ben Roethlisberger Football ProCamp will be returning to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Fathers Day, June 16th!

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Robyn Freeh @rkfreeh
Thank you for an amazing experience!! This was Aiden’s first year at camp. He had an awesome time. @_BigBen7 @ProCamps



Campers will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with #7 himself.

And that’s not all!

Before the day ends, each camper will receive a souvenir autograph from BEN, have the opportunity to catch a pass from BEN, and receive a team photo with BEN.


“Thank You Ben for making Gabbys day! She has been a fan for many years and all shes ever wanted to do is meet you! THANKS AGAIN FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!” — Heather Troyer.



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As usual, Ben will be on-site to direct the event and will be joined by a selection of prep and college coaches from the area. The event is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. Proceeds benefit the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


Our little QB in the making had a BLAST today at Pro Camps!!! This was def an experience he’ll remember for a very long time!! Thank you Big Ben for being so amazing and for this amazing opportunity!! — Heather Zuzik.



A BIG SHOUT-OUT to our premier partners, #1 Cochran & Game On Mouthguards, media partners 97.3 The Fan and the 100.7 Star Pittsburgh. And of course, thank you to our event partners Citi, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, and Energice, Pizza Hut and of course, BigBen7.com.



Registration and more information is available at BenRoethlisbergerCamp.com.


You can see all the great photos from Ben’s past camps shared by parents & grandparents here.



Our first ‘Lil’ Fan Friday’ of the new year

January 11th, 2019 by

…and a what a beauty this Lil’ Fan is!


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Ariana had no choice but to be a Steelers fan. Her “NaNa Rose” wouldn’t have it any other way. I always joke that she’s the smartest baby in the world and speaks over 1,000 000 languages. Lol. But, Ariana’s parents are deaf and at six months old she was signing. She truly is an amazing baby. She’s always been a happy baby and makes her NaNa very happy too! Let’s go Steelers! — Submitted by her grandmother, NaNa Rose.




And speaking of Lil’ Fans:


You could say that he’s the doctor to the stars…Steelers stars, that is!


Our great friend Dr. Ronald Cypher not only delivers great photos of the Roethlisberger family, but he also delivered Benjamin Jr. in 2012, Baylee in 2014 and Bodie in 2016.


But he sure had his hands full earlier this month delivering two more baby Steelers in the same weekend!


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Jett Arman Haden was born on January 4th, and Lyon Carter Shazier was born on January 6th!


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Congratulations to Joe and Sarah Haden and to Ryan Shazier & his fiancee Michelle Rodriguez on the birth of their beautiful ones! (And thank you to Dr. Cypher & the West Penn Hospital – Pittsburgh for sharing the photos!)


Have a great weekend, Steeler Nation!


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2018 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/09 @ Browns Tie: 21-21
9/16 Chiefs Loss: 42-37
9/24 @ Buccaneers Win: 30-27
9/30 Ravens Loss: 26-14
10/7 Falcons Win: 41-17
10/14 @ Bengals Win: 28-21
10/21 BYE N/A
10/28 Browns Win: 33-18
11/4 @ Ravens Win: 23-16
11/8 Panthers Win: 52-21
11/18 Jaguars Win: 20-16
11/25 @ Broncos Loss: 24-17
12/2 Chargers Loss: 30-33
12/9 @ Raiders Loss: 24-21
12/16 Patriots Win: 17-10
12/23 @ Saints Loss: 31-28
12/30 Bengals Win: 16-13