Destination: New Zealand

March 24th, 2017 by

For a Red Stag Archery Hunt with Big Ben, Jim Kelly and their friend, Little Ben!


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“Heading to New Zealand with a few buds and this young man, LITTLE BEN, who has stage 4 cancer. Big Ben and I will make sure he has the hunt of a lifetime. Prayers for little Ben.” — Jim Kelly.


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The Bens enjoy a meal together before their big hunt!



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Update, Day 1:

“Bow hunting at Leithen Valley, New Zealand with good friend, Ben Roethlisberger. What a trip it has been. Big Ben has started it off. FYI: It’s not about the harvesting of the animal, it’s also about the stories,the fun, and the beautiful scenery. Not to mention the difference we are all making in the life of a 12 year old that is out in the bush taking it all in. A very blessed day 1.” — Jim Kelly.



*We’ll share more photos of their adventures in New Zealand, so stop back by!



It’s been almost a week

March 23rd, 2017 by

…since Ben shared his testimony with a packed audience at the Ignite Men’s Conference at Liberty University in Charlottesville, VA – and his message is still touching the hearts of those that were in attendance, and even those who watched video of his appearance (courtesy of Nick Bonnett):

“I was privileged to attend the Ignite Men’s Conference at Liberty University that Ben was speaking at. I’m a huge Ben fan, and was very interested to hear his story of redemption, and his faith journey.

Ben didn’t disappoint. He was humble, stayed true to himself, admitted his imperfections, and asked for us in attendance (close to 10,000 other men), to commit to pray for him. Ben’s testimony was powerful, and authentic. He shared with us that he daily seeks the Lord for help and guidance.

I’m so encouraged that Ben has begun to use his platform to show others what God has done in his life. Thank you Ben for sharing and encouraging so many with your testimony!” — Nick Bonnett – Glen Allen, VA.



“I don’t know if you ever pass things along to Ben or not, but after watching his testimony at the Ignite Conference this past weekend I felt like I needed to email and thank him.

We’re from Illinois, but we’re huge Steelers fans and Ben has always been our favorite. When my (now 8 year old) daughter was 2 she would walk around saying “Go Big Ben Roethlisberger!”, and even though she’s legally blind she can always pick out #7 when there’s a game on!

Before seeing those videos, I hadn’t heard Ben talk about his faith, but I’ve told my husband many times that I thought he was a Christian. He acted and carried himself differently than other athletes. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated hearing his testimony and his willingness to use his platform for the Lord!

In short I guess I just wanted to say, you did good, Ben! But you’ve been doing a great job of being in the world and not of it for a long time now. We’re proud to wear #7 in this house!

Wishing you and your family all the best!” — Lisa Bowker.


“This past weekend Ben did a great job giving his testimony about how he came to know Christ as his savior, at the Men’s Ignite weekend. As a husband, father of seven and now grandfather of six, Ben is a true example to point my family and others to as the power of God’s redeeming grace.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, as were my two bothers and sister. All of us have black and gold running in us today, but the biggest difference is that I am the only one in the family that knows Christ. My parents are now in their 80’s, but still have the Terrible Towel on the TV before every game, but still do not know Christ. I say all this because Ben’s testimony would be a great witness to them. They respect him as a football player, and hearing him speak could have an impact on them. Also as a coach, his testimony could be used to reach kids.” — Eric Thompson.



“Thanks for sharing your testimony, I was there and was moved by your sincerity and openness. I have been praying for you and really hope I get to cheer for you playing next year.” — Chris Stein.


“I was at Impact over the weekend. Grew up in the Pittsburgh area and live near Lynchburg. I’ve been to several of these events and you did a great job. Praying for you and it’s great you are acting on the realization that God has given you platform to make a difference in other people’s lives. Keep it up.” — Brian Heft.



“Big Ben, your testimony at Liberty this past weekend had me in tears (watched it via a FB link)! I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan who lives outside Philadelphia, and have watched you grow and mature over the years, and must say, you nailed it – Faith, Family then Football. I too was broken in life many years ago, we grow up, others make us feel better and we move from beyond our crippling past, but only our good Lord and Savior has us in the palm of his hands.” — Lynne M. Stull.




*Again, thank you to everyone who has shared their thoughts with us!



The date is set!

March 21st, 2017 by

“Ben and his staff do a great job! I wish my son was still young enough to participate. He was one of the ‘Champions of the Day’ back in 2014, and got to shake Ben’s hand and get a picture with his football hero. It was an experience neither one of us will ever forget! — Paul Pitzen.


The name has changed, but the game is the same!

The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience will be held on June 18, 2017 at the Steelers Practice Facility!!

Yup, you read that right!

Boys & girls, grades 1-8, will be working on their football skills on the same fields that the Steelers players work on theirs!

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This one day camp is similar to a “two-a-day,” running from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM with a lunch break in between sessions.

And of course, throughout the day, Big Ben and his coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental football skills stations, contests, and non-contact games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Young campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction. Ben and ProCamps are both committed to providing your child with the experience of a lifetime at an affordable price.

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Your future football star will:

• Participate in the Big Ben Skills Combine
• Catch a pass from Ben
• Receive a souvenir autograph from Ben (item provided)
• Pose for a camp team photo with Ben
• Receive Limited-edition Nike gear package
• Attend the Steelers Training Table Luncheon


REGISTER EARLY FOR PREFERRED PRICING!

$199 for the first 100 Campers — $249 for the next 100 Campers — And $299 for the last 100 Campers!

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Proceeds benefit The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation!


You can find out more about the camp, or sign your youngster up here.


Happy Birthday Baylee

March 19th, 2017 by


Happy 3rd birthday princess, it’s been an amazing year watching you grow into a beautiful little girl! We hope this year is as great as the next. Thank you for being so sweet. Don’t grow up too fast Bay, we love you. — Daddy, Mommy, Benjamin, Bo, and Remy.




New photos from Mommy & Daddy from her fun year –


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Wishing you a wonderful birthday Princess Baylee!!!



Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend

March 18th, 2017 by

Ben was one of the speakers last night in Lynchburg, VA at this event, “where men, God, life and the outdoors come together“.

After giving his testimony to the more than 7,000 in attendance, who will now enjoy two more days of workshops and exhibits, some took a moment to tweet and post their thanks to Ben for sharing his message –


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.


Charlie Elkins‏ @chuck_elkins
@_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.


Retro Kid @GrundySpundy
As a Dallas Cowboys fan you earned a lot of respect for @_BigBen7 tonight. Thank you for sharing with us men last night.


Tony Price‏ @tonprice
@_BigBen7 Awesome testimony last night at Ignite Men 2017. Genuine from the heart.


RichHanewald“There were probably 15-20 of us at breakfast this morning talking about how moving Ben’s testimony was last night. It’s so cool to see how God continues to work.” — Rich Hanewald. (Photo)


Lilshoemake‏ @ShoeheelJr
@_BigBen7 just touched my heart and spoke his heart at ignite


“The fact that Ben knows where his blessings come from is class act!!! He knows and admits he’s not perfect but knows and cries out to those who knows the POWER of prayer to pray for him. #ProudFan” — Robin Brower.


Jeremy Vaughan‏ @JV_JVaughan
“Self-less not selfish” Thanks @_BigBen7 – prayin’. #ignite


“You got it Ben! None of us ain’t perfect, but God still loves us, and here when we need him. Love my QB.” — Sakeem Davis.


Jeffrey Dickson‏ @JEFFREY_DICKSON
Really enjoyed hearing from Ben Roethlisberger! Really humble guy! Great testimony! #ignitemensconference


“This was amazing Ben!! To see you open your heart and your life up to these kids and men on what you went through when you were younger put you even higher in my heart!!” — Kristie Logan Bowles.


MichaelSwaney“Thanks for your time, Ben.” — Michael Swaney. (Photo)


Greg‏ @john_glanton
Awesome Q&A and talk by Ben Roethlisberger.


“Really enjoyed!! Very different perspective hearing it from you! You’re the greatest! And thanks as well! It was great Big Ben!” — Joey Boozel.


Shiloh Marx @shilohmarx
@_BigBen7 Thank you for your words tonight.Your authenticity with your humanity and openness with real life struggles were encouraging


“Really enjoyed listening to you Ben. Wishing you all the best and many blessings in life!” — Dee Brown.


Jake Whitman‏ @jwhit22
@_BigBen7 thank you for sharing from the heart last night at #Ignite2017 loved getting to meet you as well! Thanks for all you’re doing.


Erik
“What a dream come true! Two of these photos are from 2016 Spring Training at Latrobe where Ben Roethlisberger stopped to sign my football because he saw I was having a hard time getting to where all the signing was talking place.He had his driver stop by me on his way out to sign. I just left an event tonight that Ben was a key note speaker at, and got a photo done with him, which was great beyond words! But I’m gonna start by saying that the picture, the signing, or seeing him face to face isn’t nearly as great as hearing this man’s testimony and love for God and his family! I’m happy he is my team’s QB, but all game and fame aside I’m glad to just know you as a man. I hope to catch a game in Pittsburgh one day before you call it quits (hint:hopefully not this year). Praying for you and the team, and for maturity in the locker room this year. Much love for Ben and the Steelers! P.S. I was so star-struck I forgot I had a picture to do with Tony Stewart! I walked past him while chatting with Big Ben about Harrison! Lol. What a memory! One I won’t forget ever!” — Erik Goughnour. (Photo)


Audrey Williams‏ @mrsawilliams86
@_BigBen7 your testimony was powerful at #Ignite2017 Thank you for sharing! God will continue to bless you.


“Ben, you did a great job tonight speaking. I’ll be praying for you, and thank you for being such a great inspiration!!” — Daniel Feagan‎.


Jake Whitman‏ @jwhit22
@_BigBen7 thank you for sharing from the heart last night at #Ignite2017 loved getting to meet you as well! Thanks for all you’re doing.

It’s a Throwback Thursday

March 16th, 2017 by

…when Big Ben was a Big Hit on the Emerald Isle! It was back in June of 2012!

So why not take a look back with us on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, 2017:

Ben and three of his close friends headed off to both Ireland and Scotland that summer to play some of the finest, and most difficult golf courses you can find.

“It’s going to be awesome. Three days in Ireland and a week in Scotland…12 rounds in 10 days. So we have a lot of golf to play at some of the best courses in the world.” — Ben, in an interview prior to his trip.


Well, it turned out to be awesome for quite a few fans too – Irish, Scottish and American fans not only met Ben during his trip, but shared their photos and stories right here with Steeler Nation!


First stop, the airport!

GinaHussGina Huss met Ben on her way to Dublin:

There were 6 of us (all born and raised in Pittsburgh!) going on a trip to Europe where we would be visiting Ireland, Wales, England, and France.. For 2 of us, it was our senior trip! We had a layover in Atlanta and then would be flying from there into Dublin airport. So there we were just hanging out in the Atlanta airport when our adult chaperone came running over to us flailing her arms and freaking out because she just saw Big Ben with some friends at the nearby restaurant! Naturally all being from Pittsburgh, we approached him calmly and told him we were from Pittsburgh and wondered if we could take some pictures with him.

He was so nice and took pictures with all of us! He asked where we were going, and one of his friends even knew the school district we were from! It was very cool to also find out that he was going to be on our flight to Dublin and that he was going golfing in Scotland!

To add to the already exciting meeting, when we boarded the plane and passed by him in first class, he acknowledged us as the “Pittsburgh senior trip crew” and raised his glass to us and told us to have lots of fun! We were absolutely mindblown! It was a very cool way to start off our European trip!



Perfect timing: this story found it’s way to us on St. Patrick’s Day morning last year!

DuncanPurcellDuncan Purcell, County Kerry, Ireland:

I am a PGA Golf Professional at Ballybunion Golf Club, Ireland. Last spring on a quiet afternoon, I was in our Pro Shop and in walked Ben and 3 of his buddies. We don’t get much NFL here in Ireland, but I had followed Ben and his Steelers team from their Super Bowl run and win from the previous year. It’s always enjoyable meeting top sports people and personalities.

I had a brief exchange with his golfing partners, and then plucked up the courage to ask Ben for a hand shake. He was very obliging so I asked for a photo with him and he had no problem with this. I’ve met many personalities in my job but I have to say that Ben is so approachable and down to earth.

I have relatives in the States that are HUGE Steelers fans and they were just as happy as I was to meet the man himself.

Great guy. And I shall forever be a fan of his. He’s always welcome back to Ireland, and especially Ballybunion!



The Luck O’ the Irish!

JamesHurley_IrelandJames Hurley, Big NFL fan:

Ben poses with James (left) and Jeremiah Buckley at Charlie Foley’s Pub in Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland.

“I was quite shocked when he came in as I have one of his jerseys at home, but I couldn’t go home to get it signed because I was working.

“Thank you so much! We have the picture framed in the bar and it is a real hit with all the Americans who visit us.”


And from the management at Charlie Foley’s Pub via Twitter to Ben’s website about his visit:

What a gentle giant! Came in to the pub and couldn’t be nicer. We have his picture on our wall, he is our adopted hero! We wish him the luck of the Irish!



At the 13th on the Old Course!

DavidFieldsDavid Field, Scotland’s famed St. Andrews Golf Course:

As a caddy, we see the ballot and all the names of players on the Old Course daily and obviously take note of the celebs that come through. I’m a huge American football fan even though I’m Scottish and coverage is limited over here. We had heard rumours of Big Ben being over in St. Andrews and when the ballot went up I noticed his name and my initial reaction was to just meet him!

It was on the 13th hole of the Old Course and I was caddying down the 6th which is adjacent. I looked over and noticed the size of the man and thought, ‘Wow that’s Big Ben!’. I immediately went over and asked for a picture while congratulating him on the Super Bowl wins and the most amazing TD pass ever to Santonio Holmes! Ben was a perfect gentleman and said he always loves to meet fans. Top man – top professional!



Wait? Is that? Na…it can’t be!

Chris_McLaughlin_11Chris McLaughlin, a chance meeting in Scotland:

I’m 24 years old, and for as long as I can remember, I have loved Titans Football. I’ve lived in the UK all my life and only visited the United States once a year. Living in the UK, football isn’t a very big thing. At work, I am the only person who knows anything to do with football. So for my day to take the path it took, well it’s almost unbelievable.

As I turned to lead the gentlemen to their table, I was thinking, “That man looks so familiar. It can’t be him can it? Ben Roethlisberger, here, at my work? thousands of miles away from Pittsburgh? Nah, it can’t be!”

It was. My legs were like jelly and my heart was going so fast, it would have given Usain Bolt a run for his money (no pun intended). As Ben and his companions were taking their seats, I couldn’t help but mention that he looked so familiar.

His response? “I get that a lot”. Right there I knew it was him.

“You wouldn’t happen to live in Pittsburgh would you?”, I asked.

“Yeah, we all do”, replied Ben. He extended his hand and I shook it. It completely engulfed my hand, but I didn’t care. I was so starstruck, you wouldn’t believe.

“I’m Ben, nice to meet you”, he continued.

Now, I’m not 100% sure exactly what I said next but my mind said I know exactly who you are”. He must have been a little surprised that I recognized him straight away. I would imagine he thought he would not encounter anyone who recognizes him in Scotland.

For the rest of the afternoon, I was beside myself. I couldn’t believe it at all. I met him after his round of golf and asked how it went and congratulated him on graduating a month prior. I don’t know what I was expecting, but both he and his group were very friendly, and surprisingly easy to talk to.



Long way for a photo op!

Mick Mitchell, California:

Had to cross the pond to meet Big Ben!

Couldn’t have been nicer and more gracious! Me (standing next to Ben on the left in the black shirt and cap) and some friends from Napa, CA met Ben at Kingsbarns GC in St. Andrews, Scotland.


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Bears fans that quickly became Ben fans!

Josh & Meghan Luetkehans, The Windy City:

We were in Scotland for my sister’s wedding and met Ben, his buddy Mike, and two other friends.

We had a great time and had a blast hanging out with them!



Ben also stopped to pose with Irishman James Cullinane, and three lovely lasses who were also visiting Ireland from the US.



And then there was that wonderful visit with the Rooney’s on July 4th, 2014:

Celebrating Independence Day at the Irish U.S. Embassy with Ambassador Rooney, who is hosting a flag football game today:

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Ben, Ashley and Mr. & Mrs. Rooney pose in front of the Ambassador’s residence this afternoon.



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Big Ben and Ambassador Rooney pose with Dublin Footballers Eamon Fennell, Barry Cahill, Jason Sherlock and Tomás Quinn this morning at the Ambassador’s house prior to the game.



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The official coin toss by Ben, overseen by Mr. Rooney, to start the game!


You can see more photos here!


Steeler Nation, here’s hoping you have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend!!




The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work!

March 12th, 2017 by

First, Officer Gugliotta & his K9 partner, Oz, run the new obstacle course provided by Ben’s foundation:




Then, Officer Matyas & his K9 partner, Suka, run the new obstacle course, also provided by Ben’s foundation:




Thank you to the Cape Coral Police Department for these great videos!


*You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.



It’s a Warrior Wednesday

March 8th, 2017 by

…and a fan story all in one!

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“This photo was taken in June, 2012 at the PNC Big 33 Football Classic.

Our organization (Air Force Recruiting) based out of Pittsburgh, was comprised of 100 active duty personnel spread across Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia and Western Maryland. The organization’s members come from all types of Air Force Service, working to recruit the nation’s finest to be a part of our team.

Ben was such a great guy. He insisted on taking pictures with all of us. We rallied the troops for the photos and a short chat with Ben (made all my Steeler buddies outside of PA super jealous). One of our staff presented him with our organization’s challenge coin. .

We all came away from the experience in awe at what a great, personable, and down to earth guy Ben was. Super experience! Ben, thank you for all you have done for us.” — Shawn, retired US Air Force Steelers fan.


Shawn, thank you for sharing your photo with us, and especially, for what you do for our country!! God bless!


A rematch is in the cards

March 3rd, 2017 by

…or rather in the paddles!


From at Jacob Klinger at Penn Live today:

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James Conner has started a comeback against Ben Roethlisberger.

Playing ping-pong with the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback at their agent’s headquarters in Irvine, California last month, Roethlisberger won their first match.

But the Pitt running back who is at the Combine this week after beating Hodgkins Lymphoma and rushing for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns last season snagged the following game, he said.

Only for Roethlisberger to have to leave with the scored tied, 1-1.

“He had to run,” Conner said. “His family, they had some food waiting, so Game 3 is on the way.”

Conner and Roethlisberger have shared a practice facility, the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side, since 2013. And as the Pitt running back prepares for the NFL Draft, Roethlisberger has given Conner little pieces of advice, in addition to ping-pong games.

“Just be yourself, have fun with it, enjoy the process,” Roethlisberger told Conner, Conner said. “He knows I overcame a lot, too. So yeah, me and Ben, cool.”

But there will be a rubber match, Conner said.


You can read more here.


Big Ben’s Annual Birthday Contest

March 2nd, 2017 by

UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Congratulations to Mikel Molina! He was our 302nd emailer. Thank you to everyone who emailed for the contest, and to send all the wonderful birthday wishes!!


Today (Thursday) is Ben’s 35th birthday, and one lucky fan will win a gift from him!


To celebrate…

The 302nd emailer today (that number is from 3/02 – his birth date) will receive one of Ben’s game-used, autographed Nike cleats.

It’s just that easy: No quiz to take, no caption to think up, no questions to answer…just be the 302nd emailer!

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However, before you email, please follow these two rules:


1. Emails for the contest WILL NOT be accepted until 12 NOON ET and after (this gives fans in different time zones a chance to participate).


2. Please, just one email per email address only (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).


Send emails to: bigben7website@gmail.com


Winner will be notified via email, and their name will be posted here in an update this afternoon! Good Luck!


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

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EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The SunnyD Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: 2017
WHERE: Bethel Park High School, 309 Church Rd., Bethel Park, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: Keynote Speaker – Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend
WHEN: March 17-18, 2017
WHERE: Liberty University
TICKETS: IgniteMen.net (purchase by Oct 31, 2016)

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2016 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/12 @ Redskins Win: 38-16
9/18 Bengals Win: 24-16
9/25 @ Eagles Loss: 34-3
10/2 Chiefs Win: 43-14
10/9 Jets Win: 31-13
10/16 @ Dolphins Loss: 30-15
10/23 Patriots Loss: 27-16
10/30 BYE Week N/A
11/6 @ Ravens Loss: 21-14
11/13 Cowboys Loss: 35-30
11/20 @ Browns Win: 24-9
11/24 @ Colts Win: 28-7
12/4 Giants Win: 24-14
12/11 @ Bills Win: 27-20
12/18 @ Bengals Win: 24-20
12/25 Ravens Win: 31-27
1/1 Browns Win: 27-24