“Propel Braddock Hills Students Inspired!”

October 20th, 2016 by

Good morning,

I am writing on behalf of my students at Propel Braddock Hills High School.

102016Every day I get the privilege of working with a group of thirteen 11th graders for about 40 minutes in a forum called ‘CREW’.

We discuss and participate in activities that a normal school day usually wouldn’t permit. We spend time doing team building activities, watching the news, discussing ethical dilemmas, building trust and character, talking about our plans for the future, etc.

During Week 3, when the Steelers lost against the Eagles, I was watching the post-game press conferences at my home. When confronted about particular players “dropping the ball” so to speak, Big Ben refused to allow the reporters to take that direction and call out each players mistakes. Instead, he said something very profound – “We all need to do some thumb-pointing.” He continued to say that it was an offensive, defensive and special teams loss and “We all need to thumb-point”. While simple, it’s really profound. My students and I spent that week discussing, journaling and analyzing areas in our lives where we need to “point the thumb”.

Working in a low-income school with minority students, it is really inspiring to see such an admired athlete in this city be such a mature and positive influence. I feel proud to represent a football team and a city that has spokesmen like Ben. In today’s day and age of pop-culture and politics, I’m sometimes at a loss for role models in the media that I can point our kids to. I was so inspired by Ben and his approach on being solutions-oriented, self-reflective and collaboration, my students and I spent an entire week reflecting on how we can be more like Ben.

I thought he deserved to know that he has inspired the hearts of my students.— Tiffany Yackuboskey, Teacher, Propel Braddock High School.

*Thank you so much to Ms. Yackuboskey and her class for sharing this email with us!

Big Ben talks Brady…

October 19th, 2016 by

Bart Scott, Landry Jones, his surgery, and more today!

From his interview with his co-radio host, Ron Cook:

benbrady_2The toughest part for Ben Roethlisberger after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee?

“It’s going to kill me not to be able to go against [Tom Brady] Sunday. I’ve said many times I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks of all time and the best one going right now. You know me. I love to battle the best.”

Roethlisberger, who had outpatient surgery Monday morning after he was injured midway through the second quarter of the Steelers’ 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday, plans on missing just the New England game at Heinz Field.

He hopes to be back after the team’s bye Oct. 30 to play in Baltimore Nov. 6 against the Ravens. But he knows that might be impractical because he’s 34 and because of his medical history.

“Doc says my knee looked good, but there still was some stuff in there from when I had my bone bruise last season in St. Louis,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday from his North Hills home. “He said that might keep me out a little longer than just a simple meniscus tear. Maybe an extra week or so. But there’s no way to put an exact timetable on it. It all depends on my pain and how I feel.”

Roethlisberger said his rehabilitation began as soon as he returned home Monday afternoon. “I’m icing and elevating as we speak.”

Roethlisberger said Steelers team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jim Bradley and coach Mike Tomlin told him to do the first week to 10 days of his rehab at home. “But that’s going to be hard for me. I have to go in this week to see the guys. I’ll call Landry [Jones] and check in with him. I want to do everything I can to help him. I just hope coach lets me be on the sideline Sunday.”

Jones will get the start against the Patriots. He played well at times last season when he filled in for an injured Roethlisberger, especially in a home win against Arizona. But he also played so poorly late in the playoff win in Cincinnati in January after Roethlisberger left with a shoulder injury that Tomlin put Roethlisberger back in even though Roethlisberger had a hard time throwing the football 10 yards.

101916“I have faith in Landry,” Roethlisberger said. “He knows the playbook. Nothing is going to surprise him. I just wish all of our other guys were healthy. That would help him a lot.”

In addition to Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward will miss the New England game. Marcus Gilbert and Ryan Shazier are questionable. But Roethlisberger’s absence will have the greatest impact on the Steelers’ chances of winning. Nobody knows that better than the great Brady.

“He’s one of the toughest guys in the league,” he said this week of Roethlisberger on his radio show on WEEI in Boston. “He’s just a stud, just an incredible player. He’s one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever played against.”

Roethlisberger said he was “humbled” by Brady’s comments.

“He knows the respect I have for him. For him to respect me like that, it’s awesome. Very cool.”

Roethlisberger wasn’t nearly as thrilled when told CBS analyst and former NFL linebacker Bart Scott called him a “drama king” at halftime of the Miami game. Scott insinuated that Roethlisberger embellished his injuries, including this latest knee injury.

“What did I do to deserve that? All I’ve ever done is keep playing and keep my mouth shut,” Roethlisberger said. “You just have to shrug that stuff off. But I would tell him to go see John [Norwig] our trainer and check out my medical file. It’s pretty thick. You can’t make that stuff up.”

Coincidentally, Roethlisberger always has said the hit he took from Scott in Baltimore in 2006 was the hardest hit of his career. “I heard him make this ‘ungh’ sound, like air rushing out of his body,” Scott said that day. “But I came back into the game,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday, satisfaction in his voice.

Roethlisberger also went back into the Miami game Sunday and played the second half. He said he had no regrets.

“Doc told me at halftime he was pretty sure I had a meniscus tear and that I probably was going to have surgery on Monday. He said it was up to me and my pain and that I wasn’t going to do any more damage to my knee.

“I went back in because I thought it still gave us a chance to win. Obviously, I wasn’t able to move as well, but my adrenaline was so high. I don’t think it really affected any of my throws. I just wish I had played better. It would have been a great story to come back and win.”

tacklefootball_042716_1_550Roethlisberger has been fortunate to avoid a major injury despite taking a beating for 12-plus NFL seasons. The surgery Monday was the first on his left knee. He has had two meniscus operations on his right knee. He had facial surgery after his motorcycle accident in June 2006 and an emergency appendectomy in September 2006. He left the Seattle game last November with concussion-like symptoms, saying, “You can get new body parts, but you can’t get a new brain.”

“I do and I don’t,” Roethlisberger said when asked about having concerns for his long-term health. “I do because I have little ones at home. Ten or 20 years from now, I want to be able to play with them. But, at the same time, I don’t worry about it because of the advancement in medicine. Even if I have to have a knee replacement when I’m 50, they’ll probably be doing outpatient surgery by then.”

Roethlisberger is more concerned about rehabbing the left knee he has now. He was playing his best football and was the leading candidate to be NFL MVP going into the Miami game. He knows if he misses many games he won’t win.

Not that he cares.

“I’ll take a Super Bowl over an MVP any day.”

The thought of that still maybe happening for the Steelers this season fuels Roethlisberger’s rehab.

It gets a guy through a lot of icing and elevating.

You can read the full interview here.

Brady talks Big Ben…

October 18th, 2016 by

Ben was not on the radio for his weekly show today, but Tom Brady was for his, and had this to say about #7:

101816“He’s one of the toughest guys in the league. I would never rule him out for anything,” Brady said Monday morning during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan Show.”

“He’s done that before and played and thrown for 400 yards. He’s just a stud, just an incredible player,” Brady added. “I’ve played against him since 2004, and nothing surprises me with him. He’s one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever played against. I would never count him out.”

Brady added that he’s seldom spent time with Ben, but they have mutual friends.

“He’s such a great player. He’s been the leader of that team for a long time and done a great job at it. They always seem like they’re right in the mix,” Brady said on WEEI. “He displays toughness and has a very unique style of play; it’s pretty spectacular to watch the way he’s able to shrug off defenders and make plays and throw the ball down the field. He’s having such a great season this year. So we’ll see. Who knows how bad it is and if he’ll have a chance to play? It’s only Monday, and like I said, he’s as tough as anybody.”

*Recap from Mike Reiss at ESPN.com.

Well wishes for #7

October 17th, 2016 by

…from Steeler Nation (well, just a small sample):

zachZachery Mezger ‏@coachzman
@_BigBen7 praying for u bubba u got this STUD love ya and be brave like I am during surgery! God’s got you. (Photo at left)

“I pray for a speedy recovery, first for him and his family & then for his Steeler Family…. We all need you Ben Roethlisberger, But we would all rather you heal more then anything! Much love to ya!” — Dorri Calkins.

“Heal fast, Ben! The Steelers need your unwavering leadership!” Vicki Rizzo, St. Charles, Missouri.”

Andrew Stockey ‏@astockeyWTAE
Speedy recovery @_BigBen7 from #WTAE

“The fact he was still playing is amazing after the injury shows the heart he has for the team. Ben Roethlisberger you need to get Landry Jones to slow down and stay confident. As for the Steeler Nation we need to stand by our team not bring it down.” — Shayne Krug.


Mrs.Doinm3 ‏@sheyososassy
@_BigBen7 sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery. You’re still the best!

“This is a get well message for Big Ben😢. I feel so bad that you got injured. Please heal up quickly! You are the BEST quarterback in the whole world and I am praying really hard for your speedy recovery! Love, your biggest fan Forever, Terri Ferry.”

Nicole Ciufo ‏@NicoleCiufo
@_BigBen7 thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery today and a speedy recovery!

Zac Mullins ‏@85Zakk
Standing behind my quarterback @_BigBen7 …Nothing but support and love. #HereWeGo

regios“All positive thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery, Ben!” — Janet Polhamus.

Ty ‏@Ms_tls
Win, lose, or tie I’m a Steelers fan til I die!! Prayers up @_BigBen7 and Steelers family!!

Regios de Acero @regiosdacero
¡Que te recuperes pronto capitán! | Get well soon captain! @_BigBen7 #GetWellBigBen #HereWeGo #InBenWeTrust #Steelers (Photo atbove)

“Sending warm thoughts of comfort and healing. Not just for our team but for your family! Rest up, sir!” — Leanna Teixeira.

Mr. Lonnie Booker Jr ‏@Oldschooljammer
@_BigBen7 Get Well Soon, #7. All the best on your forthcoming return soon. Amen and Always put Jesus Christ 1st. 😇

“Please Ben just be ok …..Nothing more matters at this time ….His health is more important than anything ….Prayers for a GOOD RECOVERY. I have all faith that our STEELERS will prevail!” — Linda Mellish.

Chazbow DePew ‏@ChazbowDePew
@_BigBen7 Best of luck on your operation today. Here’s to a low-pain, short recovery!

Therese ‏@TSteelers
@_BigBen7 Thinking about you today – feel better!

jameybusterJa 〽️ey Buster ‏@BusterJamey
@_BigBen7 Prayers to you #7 from the Buster family, we wish you all the best with your recovery! #GetWellBen (Photo at left)

m.l. ‏@Pagramma148
@_BigBen7 You are in my thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery. Football is great, but your health is much more important!

Alexis Early ‏@alexisjearly My fave player is copying my fifth knee surgery. @_BigBen7 let me know if you need meniscus recovery tips, I’m a pro!

“I am definitely thinking about you Ben and hope you have a full recovery and we will need you when you get back love my Steelers forever Ben is definitely such a awesome person!” — Anna Stonesifer.

Tracey Young ‏@big7ben86
@_BigBen7 Prayers. Good luck with your surgery and recovery.

Charly Barnard ‏@CharlyBarnard
@_BigBen7 Love you, miss you already. Hope you feel better very soon!

“Sending prayers to Ben for his recovery , rest and relax for a few days . I am sure you will work hard to come back, take care of yourself.” — Pamela Taylor.

Jeanne Hopkins ‏@Music4Jeanne
We’re praying for @_BigBen7 that his knee surgery goes well, and his recovery time is quick. So sad this happened to Ben. ❤️ him!

alex“Please tell Ben that I’m praying for him and I can’t wait to see him back on the field, from his friend Alex Bentley. Go Steelers!” (Both photos at left)

Michelle ❤️ ‏@mjhrobat
@steelers @_BigBen7 Get Well Soon Ben !! Hope you have a Speedy Recovery #SteelersNation

“Prayers for your surgery. God’s blessing on you as you recovery. Get well soon Ben we will miss you.” — Tricia Petras.

Nick DeRose ‏@IAM_NDeRose
@_BigBen7 Get well, Ben. I hope to see you get back on the field soon!

Diego Delgadillo ‏@dsdgtz
Our prayers and thoughts are with you @_BigBen7. Get well soon!

“Ben, we need you buddy get well soon!” — Clifford Scarberry.

@_BigBen7! I will send up healing prayers for you. Know @steelers got your back.

“Prayers for you Ben…total healing and strengthening!! We want ya back but PLEASE wait til you are 100%!” — Denise Campbell.

Miss Steelers ‏@thekorreagarner
Praying for my @_BigBen7 for a success on his surgery today and that he has a speedy recovery

Erin ‏@SteelersFanTN
Get better @_BigBen7. We love ya, #SteelersNation #MoreThanJustFootball

morganCoach Curran ‏@CoachCurran42
Morgan wrote @_BigBen7 a get well card at school today! My girl is so sweet & loves her Steelers! #HereWeGo (Photo at left)

🔥Triple F Lineups 🔥 ‏@free_FD_lineups
prayers to @_BigBen7 for a safe surgery and a quick recovery. hope to see you back week 9 big guy! #HereWeGo #SteelerNation

Mindy Allensworth ‏@MinAll79
@_BigBen7 STEELER NATION is thinking about you this morning..sending healing vibes your way .. Feel better soon Ben. We ❤️ you!

Laura Smith ‏@mom4steelers
@_BigBen7 My husband and I prayed for your family and your knee today.

“Glad the surgery was successful. Hope the recovery and rehab are less than painful, ‘like that is possible.’ Know that thoughts and prayers are going out to you from Illinois. You even have a few Benedictine Nuns rooting for you.” — Margaret Montgomery.

Ring My Mel ‏@SportsMel
Dear baby Jesus please let @_BigBen7‘s surgery go well today. #ThatsMyQuarterback

“All positive thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery, Ben!” — Janet Polhamus.

Susan Delucia ‏@steeleru7
@steelers @_BigBen7 Get well soon Ben. A loss is a loss but your health is priority #1. As the team goes, #SteelerNation rolls.

chriscolellaChris_Colella ‏@ChRisCoLellA
Prayers up for @_BigBen7 going into surgery today. Good luck to one of the toughest QB’s in the league, and here’s to a quick recovery. (Photo at left)

Daultyn. ‏@DLaverty13
Best wishes to @_BigBen7 on his surgery Monday morning. Hope everything goes well! #ThoughtsAndPrayers #Steelers #SteelersNation

burnin’rubberbulldog ‏@bulldogbabexo
We love you @_BigBen7 Nothing but prayers for a speedy recovery!

“Praying for your surgery this morning, Ben! Also praying for quick healing and a speedy recovery! We love you, Ben! May God be with you and your family!” — Pam Scott Desrosiers

Tyson Davis ‏@tysonhdavis
Thoughts go out to @_BigBen7 on his injury. Hope surgery goes well big guy! #Steelers

Kaitlyn Rose Collins ‏@Kay_rose2015
Hoping @_BigBen7 surgery went well. Get some rest and I hope u feel better soon. #Steelers #1QB #BigFan 🙂

“I am an investigations commander with the Lynnwood Police Department in Washington State and, accordingly, appreciate the support Ben gives local law enforcement through his foundation. I am also a huge Steelers fan and appreciate the leadership he presents to the team. Lastly, I am a fellow meniscus surgery recipient and wish him well in his recovery. Tell him even though he’s my FF football QB and I want a seventh championship for Pittsburgh, don’t rush back. It’s not healthy for him in the long run. I ran a marathon five weeks after my first meniscus surgery, resulting in a second surgery. I finished but it wasn’t worth it. Best Regards, Steve Rider.

@_BigBen7 Get Well Soon,Ben! We LOVE you!

Statement from Coach Tomlin

October 17th, 2016 by

Ben Roethlisberger underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. He is now recovering at home and is expected to make a full recovery.

Although we do not know a specific timetable for when he will be able to return to the field, we are confident that this injury in not long-term.

Game 6: Steelers 15, Dolphins 30

October 16th, 2016 by

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

101616Ben Roethlisberger had a rough day at the office in a 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins, suffering a knee injury before halftime that sent him to the locker room and appeared to have a significant impact on him when he returned to action in the second half, even if he won’t point at it as an issue.

“We don’t make excuses,” said Roethlisberger. “We are all out there playing through pain and won’t make excuses.”

Roethlisberger completed just 19 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown, and threw two interceptions with a quarterback rating on the day of 57.1. He said he didn’t know the severity of the injury yet, but is hoping for the best.

“We don’t know anything yet,” said Roethlisberger. “Hopefully we’ll know tonight. We’ll just pray that it’s not too serious.”

More from Ms. Varley here.

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

Saturday morning…

October 15th, 2016 by


in mom and dad’s bed! What a start to a day. — Ben.

Good Golly Miss Polly!

October 14th, 2016 by

Meet the beautiful Birthday Girl!

Kathleen “Polly” Trump is 102 years old today. According to her granddaughter, Karen, she is not only a “very long-time Steelers fan, but a BIG fan of Big Ben’s and everything that Pittsburgh represents!”. Polly is a life-long resident of Connellsville, PA.

This lady doesn’t sit still for long, unless she’s watching Steelers games, of course. Polly exercises at Silver Sneakers three times a week, is dedicated to the Irish-Roman Catholic Church, and, “is the most amazing woman that I’ve ever known,” said her granddaughter.

Wishing you an absolutely wonderful birthday, Polly! God bless you and Go Steelers!! Go Polly!!

Ben named FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week

October 14th, 2016 by

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a 31-13 win over the Jets at Heinz Field to improve the Steelers record to 4-1 on the season.

Roethlisberger completed 34 passes for 380 yards and four touchdown passes, just another day at the office.

“I’m so used to Ben just responding like that because it’s just Ben to me now,” said Le’Veon Bell. “I don’t look at it like, ‘Oh wow, that’s amazing,’ because I am just so used to seeing it but he is just a special player. I wouldn’t want to play with any other quarterback. He is a guy who is always composed in the pocket. I will watch him, even when I am running my routes, and sometimes when he doesn’t throw me the ball I am just watching him throw it to somebody else and he just never seems rattled. I don’t know how you get that, playing in the pocket, when you have got big guys, 300 pounds, trying to take your head off, but he is so composed and always keeps his cool, and you got to respect him for that, and I am glad I play with him.”

You can read more & see highlights from Ben’s performance last Sunday here.

Two foundation grants awarded this week….

October 13th, 2016 by

Today, Ben announced the third and fourth grants of the 2016 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Cape Coral Police Department and the Davie Police Department, all in the Miami area where the Steelers play the Dolphins this Sunday.

“Police K-9 are the pro-athletes of the dog world. Keeping our K-9 partners in top form requires daily training and agility equipment is one of the best tools we have to keep our K-9s fit, agile, and ready for anything. I’d like to thank the officers of our K-9 Unit, Officers Jason Matyas, Bob Reese, and Brian Aponte, without whose expertise we would not have even been able to apply for this grant. Thank you to The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for making this possible. This generous donation will help our K-9s continue to keep the citizens of Cape Coral, and the officers who protect them, safer every day.” — Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

The Cape Coral Police Department will use their grant to build a new obedience obstacle course to assist with the training of its K-9 unit. The Davie Police Department will use their funds for the purchase of a new K-9 “bite suit” utilized in training.

“The Davie Police Department exists to serve and protect the citizens of both the Town of Davie and the Town of Southwest Ranches. We are grateful that people like Ben Roethlisberger and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund, are there in support of the police.” — Sergeant Mark Leone, Davie Police Department.

thanksgivingpostDuring the 2016 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

This marks the 10th season that Ben’s foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. His 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.

His foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2015 NFL season, including $93,250 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.5 million since 2007.

“We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.” — Ben.

Steeler Nation:

Fans can support future K-9 grants by joining Ben’s crowdfunding campaign on https://pledgeit.org/big-ben. Big Ben is pledging $1,000 per touchdown this season to his foundation. Supporters can increase the impact by pledging to donate any amount per touchdown.

For more information about the Ben’s foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Charisse Browner or visit www.givingback.org.


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WHEN: June 18th & 19th, 2016
WHERE: Bethel Park High School, 309 Church Rd., Bethel Park, PA.
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