Week 11: Steelers 40, Titans 17

November 17th, 2017 by

Dilly Dilly!


Ben threw for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns and the Steelers are now 8-2 heading into Thanksgiving week.

MattFreed_1Play of the Game:

On his third touchdown of the night, Antonio Brown caught and pinned the football to his helmet for a 10-yard touchdown to make it a 37-17 lead with 12:12 remaining in the game.


Quotes of the Game:

“Ben did a great job of giving me a chance. I don’t know how I came down with it. We’re grateful for the win today. We clicked a lot and made some big plays.” — Antonio Brown on the ‘helmet play’.


“He didn’t call anyone out, he called all of us out. Linemen. Receivers. Himself. Running backs. Purely positive. It was a challenge. He challenged us. The guys responded.” — David DeCastro on Ben’s ‘pep talk’ at half time.



Stats of the Game:

Big Ben not only passed Philip Rivers for 8th all-time in pass completions tonight, but he also became the 9th quarterback in NFL history with 4,000 pass completions.


And last, but not least, Tweet of the Game:

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


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

November 13th, 2017 by

“Honestly, what’s our record? What was the final score? Those are the only things that matter. I couldn’t tell you what I was for what, I know I threw an interception, I know I had two touchdowns, that’s all I know. But I know we won the game, I know where our record is and I know that’s the most important thing.”



Recap from Ben’s show this morning on 93.7 The Fan:

7~151Another game on the road against a team under .500 and another game that the Steelers easily could have lost, but they didn’t and they beat the Colts 20-17 on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger joined us on The #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show to talk about winning ugly and how it was good to come out with a win it that situation as opposed to what happened when they went into Chicago earlier this year. Ben was asked about Tomlin pointing out the negatives from the game despite getting a win.

“I think it’s the coach’s job to acknowledge those downfalls, acknowledge the win, but as a coach, he should point out the negative things that happen. The FAN, the media, they should only care about the win. They’re not coaching us, right? They’re the ones that should be happy we won the game. The coach’s job is to coach us and preach on the negatives and figure out how we can be better so we don’t make those negative things again, so yes, that’s his job. It’s one of those things, ‘Hey guys, you know you did this wrong, this wrong, this wrong, this wrong, you won, good job.”


Ben also addressed this moment in the game where offensive coordinator Todd Haley wasn’t too happy with him as they took a delay of game penalty when going for two.

“That’s nothing new, him screaming at me during games, you guys don’t ever see it. I don’t know if he was actually yelling at me through the headset because I didn’t hear that, but I did look over to the sideline and he was definitely screaming…I know there was some coach-to-coach arguing, him hollering, all kinds of things, but at the time, you move on, you can’t really get caught up in that stuff.”


The team may have come out of Indianapolis with a victory, but they didn’t come away unscathed. Ben talked about the fractured fibula cornerback Joe Haden suffered and how much his absence will mean to the defense.

“Ya, it stinks…Everything I’ve heard and talking to him, he’ll be back. Like you said, it is unfortunate because he’s been playing so well and really been kind of a spark plug for that defense, once again, thank you Cleveland.”

Ben also took some time to look ahead at the short week they’ll be on as they prepare for a Thursday night matchup with the Titans.

“Ya, it’s miserable, it’s terrible, they need to get rid of this game I think. Just play on Monday’s and Sunday’s. It’s so tough on guys, you’re beat up, you’re banged up. It’s a very violent, physical game we play…you’ve got to let your body recover a little bit. Even a week, you’re still not fully recovered by Sunday to Sunday, you’re still dealing with bumps and bruises and things just continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it’s just not good. I don’t know many players that like it. It’s a tough thing to do, but you know, you’ve got to do what the league says.”



You can listen to today’s episode of his show here.


Ben is the ‘Steelers Digest Player of the Week’

November 13th, 2017 by

From Bob Labriola at Steelers.com:

10~118Roethlisberger was more than a facilitator when his team needed him to be.

Earlier this week, quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner referred to the role Ben Roethlisberger has assumed is that of a point guard in basketball, with the implication being that he is now a distributor of the ball. There were times today against the Colts when Roethlisberger was distributing the ball, but there were other times, particularly in the second half, when he looked like the guy he was a decade ago. Shrugging off tacklers, moving around in the pocket, extending the play until he could find someone to get the ball to.

Which is why the Steelers came back from a 17-3 deficit to score 17 unanswered points in the final quarter-and-a-half to defeat the Colts, 20-17, at Lucas Oil Field.

Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

As the Colts were building that 17-3 lead through the first couple of minutes of the second half, Roethlisberger completed 7-of-15 for 72 yards, with no touchdowns, one interception, and a rating of 33.2. He also was sacked once. In the second half, he completed 12-of-16 (75 percent) for 164 yards, with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 146.9. He was not sacked in the second half, but that’s not to say there weren’t occasions where he was under some pressure, and also his those statistics don’t reflect the two-point conversion pass he completed to Martavis Bryant from the 7-yard line that tied the game, 17-17, with 11:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.


You can read more about his selection here.


Week 10: Steelers 20, Lions 17

November 12th, 2017 by

Let’s start with something a bit different…


The game recap in pictures and tweets from Steelers fans:

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You can watch Ben’s post-game press conference here.



And from Jeremy Fowler, at ESPN.com:

“Steelers wake up from Indy nightmares with vintage Ben Roethlisberger”

Scrambling and bracing for a hit, Ben Roethlisberger stepped up and floated a pretty, off-balance touch pass to Antonio Brown between two defenders. Brown whipped his way across the field for 32 yards and into field goal range in the final seconds.

Game sealed for the Pittsburgh Steelers, with Chris Boswell connecting from 33 yards as time expired. Roethlisberger looked like Big Ben, at least for a moment, adding a 69-yard game-winning scoring drive to his personal record books.

Nothing else about Sunday’s performance was that pretty. Much of it was pretty ghastly, actually. But the Steelers showed serious resolve with a 20-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts, overcoming a 14-point deficit for the third time since last season, an NFL record.

“When AB and I start making plays, it’s pretty fun,” said Roethlisberger, who finished 19-of-31 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. “I just have to get him the ball and he does the rest.”


You can read more here.



Radio Programming Note:

The Ben Roethlisberger Show will be on 93.7 The Fan TOMORROW (Monday, November 13th) at 11am.


#MyCauseMyCleats

November 11th, 2017 by

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Salute to our military!! Love you all and thank you so much for your service!! — Ben



November 11th: Veterans Day Salute

November 11th, 2017 by

Our Veterans Day Salute is to 99-year old decorated WWII veteran John Hazy, whose story was sent to us by his very proud great-nephew, Mark Francesconi:

VeteransDay2017John Hazy is a lifelong Steeler fan and true American hero whose war experiences are documented in the Library of Congress. John was born in 1918 in Perryopolis, PA and outside of his years of service for our government has resided in Western Pennsylvania all of his life. Now 99 years old, John may be one of the oldest living, most decorated, veteran of World War II and Steelers fan.

John enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1939 where his training and service led him to Panama, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala. Eventually he was transferred to England where he served as a bombardier for the 368th Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force.

On April 24, 1944, during a bombing mission over Germany, John’s airplane was shot down. John was one of 9 crew members that parachuted out and survived the crash. Shortly after landing in a German farm field, he was beaten up by farmers, held at gunpoint, and turned over to the German Army before being imprisoned in Stalag XVII-B for thirteen months.

In the Spring of 1945, German Soldiers, fearing the approaching Allies, abandoned their posts at John’s prison camp. Subsequently, John and his fellow prison mates marched for 30 days over Austria before being discovered by General George Patton’s army and officially liberated.

John went on to serve in the Air Force during the cold war from 1946 to 1968 with his last assignment being in the Pentagon. During his 28 years of service John’s highest distinction was the Purple Heart which was recently awarded to him for his injuries sustained during his capture and imprisonment.

We are proud of John, proud of the Steelers, and proud to be Americans.” — Mark.


Mark, thank you for sharing your great-uncle’s incredible story with us! John, you are a true hero! God bless you both and your family on this Veterans Day and always!

And God bless all of our service men & women and their families as well!


Ben’s foundation awards two more grants

November 9th, 2017 by

Today, Ben announced the ninth and tenth grant awards of the 2017 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

puppy_340The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Indiana State Police and the Avon Police Department, just west of Indianapolis where the Steelers will play the Colts on November 12th.

This marks the 11th season that Ben’s Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. His continuing mission is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States, with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA. Ben also supports Make-A-Wish.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed more than $150,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2016 NFL season, including $76,000 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.65 million since 2007.

“The Indiana State Police Alliance has a proud history of supporting the K-9 program. The generous grant provided by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will promote the continued success of the state police K-9 program.” — Scott Krueger, President, Indiana State Police Alliance.


The Indiana State Police will use the grant funds to purchase training equipment, and the Avon Police Department will use the funds to add a second dog to their K-9 unit.

“The Avon Police Department is humbled to learn that we were selected to receive the 2017 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation grant. This is an honor and privilege for the Avon Police Department, and we wish to thank Mr. Roethlisberger and his foundation for such a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact in our community. The Avon Police Department would also like to commend Mr. Roethlisberger for his passion, dedication and generosity that he has demonstrated throughout the United States to help law enforcement agencies. The Avon Police Department looks forward to partnering with the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation in the fight against illegal narcotic distribution, sales and abuse. The Foundation’s generosity will assist the Avon Police Department with the purchase of an additional K-9 unit that will be focused on the interdiction of illegal drugs such as heroin, and other dangerous opioids that have destroyed and taken so many lives. With this grant and the dedication of the men and women of the Avon Police Department, we now have the opportunity to substantially increase our resources to help reduce illegal drug activity in our community and potentially save lives.” — Chief Sean Stoops, Avon Police Department.



Steelers fans:

You can 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 the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. You can also donate directly right here.


For more information about Ben’s foundation, just check out his foundation page. But you can get even more by contacting Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.


Ben’s Bye-Week continues…

November 8th, 2017 by

with a ‘stop by’ to say hello to Brett Keisel at his Annual Pheasant Hunt:

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And another episode of his radio show:

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined The Cook and Poni Show on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan for the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show and said Martavis is looking good and back in his old spot.

“I thought he had a good practice yesterday and I’m sure he’s excited for the second half of the season.” When asked if he was operating with the starters right now, Ben said “Yes, he was yesterday.”

Looking at his role in the offense after Juju Smith-Schuster’s breakout game against the Lions, Ben said there won’t be a whole lot of change in where Martavis lines up, but could you see Juju take some of his snaps outside of the slot in Martavis’ normal role.

“I think Martavis’ spot is where it always has been, it’s outside…I think Juju comes in and plays the slot and I think there are certain packages where we’ll have Eli [Rogers] in the slot and Juju outside.”

Talking more about the offense, Ben shared with us what they need to do better in their second half of the season.

“6-2 is really all that matters. I know we haven’t played up to our potential…We want to score as many points as we can. We need to be more successful in the red zone. We’re down there a lot, we’ve got to score, we possess the ball, we’ve got to find ways to finish with seven in the red zone instead of three.”

It seems that no matter how well things are going for this team, there always seems to be a focus on the New England Patriots, the team that seems to always stand between the Steelers and the Super Bowl and Ben was asked about whether or not they follow with the Patriots are doing and keep a close eye on them.

“They’re the champs, right? They’re the best in the world. They won it last year and when you do that and you have the title and you have your name on the Lombardi, you should be talked about, you should be looked at. They’ve earned that and they deserve it. You obviously pay attention to what other people in the AFC are doing, other teams in your division are doing, things like that, so ya, you know what’s going on…but the nice thing is, we have to worry about us. We’ll worry about New England when we play New England, we’ll let the other teams that have to play them until we play them, worry about them.”

Speaking of the defending Super Bowl champs, Ben talked about what his teams’ goals are for this season and the approach he takes to getting into the postseason.

“Obviously the ultimate goal is just get in, right? But if you can get a one-seed, if you can get a two, I mean obviously the one is the best, but to get a bye, to get yourself some rest, to get yourself healed if you need it, whatever kind of goes with that, that’s an added bonus.”


You can listen to his show here.


*Thank you so much to Trish at BrettKeisel.com for the photo!


Best way to spend a Bye-Week Sunday?

November 5th, 2017 by

At PPG Paint Arena watching Disney on Ice: Frozen!

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It’s safe to say that Benjamin Jr. & Baylee had a great time!!



Happy Bye-Weekend Steeler Nation

November 4th, 2017 by

…courtesy of one of our favorite Steelers fans, Dave DiCello:

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“Afternoon guys! Just got back from an awesome family shoot at Mingo Creek Park, and the fall colors (at least the ones that were left on the trees!) were a perfect backdrop. This is a view of the Ebenezer Covered Bridge there, which provide the backdrop for most of our images. The light was perfect, the temperature was perfect, all around a great way to spend a fall afternoon!”


More from Dave here.


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WHEN: June 18, 2017
WHERE: Steelers Practice Facility, Pittsburgh, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Celebrity Pro-Am
WHEN: July 11, 2017
WHERE: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Shepard’s Rock Course
PRICE PACKAGES: Nemocolin.com

 


2017 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/10 @ Browns Win: 21-18
9/17 Vikings Win: 26-9
9/24 @ Bears Loss: 23-17
10/1 Ravens Win: 26-9
10/8 Jaguars Loss: 30-9
10/15 @ Chiefs Win: 19-13
10/22 Bengals Win: 29-14
10/29 @ Lions Win: 20-15
11/5 BYE N/A
11/12 @ Colts Win: 20-17
11/16 Titans Win: 40-17/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