Tweet of the Week

May 23rd, 2017 by

Merril Hoge @MerrilHoge
A massive thanks to @_BigBen7 #benrothlisberger @steelers for giving their time to help support grieving kids. #highmarkcaringplace #findaway #golf

Summer means trips to the beach, BBQ’s in the backyard, and football…

May 21st, 2017 by

at the Steelers Practice Facility!

Yes, football!! The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience is Sunday, June 18th, 2017, and there are still a few spots left for your youngsters to join us!

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

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.

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

The cool part – this year’s camp will be held at the Steelers Practice Facility.

Proceeds benefit The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation!

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

Still not sure? Then maybe these past-camp parents & grandparents can help you decide:

“What a thrill for those kids! Something that they will never forget, thanks Ben!” — Lynne Covelli

“You are the best on the field and off when it comes to showing how to do great things for fans and community. Thank you for being you.” — Susan Burkhamer

“This brought tears to my eyes. You likely aren’t even fully aware of the amazing impact you’re having on this young man’s life! Thank you!” — Allison Busalacchi

“It is so uplifting when athletes realize “But for the grace of God . . . . ” Ben showing compassion to Zachery, as well as others, is evidence that he is a class act – – – all the way!” — Roberta Villanueva

“You are a great person Ben…very inspirational…a true human being and the greatest qb in my book!!!” — Tony R Carbaugh

Steve Davidyak ‏@Badlab
@bgradkowski5 Thanks for taking a moment to snap a pic with my boys @_BigBen7 ‘s @ProCamps! You are a class act!

“What a beautiful way to encourage the younger generation more people should revalue what they do to promote kindness and unselfishness in the world today.” — Linda Silko

Todd Warner ‏@ToddWarner8
Thanks to everyone this weekend @_BigBen7 and @ProCamps! My son Nicholas had blast! He can’t wait until next year!

SDSportsPhoto [email protected]
Throwing a pass to every camper!!! Talk about a SUPER quarterback! @ProCamps @_BigBen7

“We just stood in awe while he threw all those passes! And in addition he threw many more as he moved threw the different groups!!! Our grandson was 3 for 3!!!” — Cathy Chambers Pennybacker

“What a great thing to do! Those kids will treasure this forever!” — Claudia DeVoge

SDSportsPhoto ‏@SDSportsPhoto
Our #MCM has to be the amazing @_BigBen7! Your leadership and teamwork with the kids at your camp was awesome. Loved photographing it all!

“Thanks! These kids will be talking about the pass they caught from Big Ben the rest of their lives! Awesome!” — Donna Carpentieri

Frankieloveschrissy ‏@FrankKusky
@_BigBen7 your a true hero to all these kids !!!! @SteelersUnite loves you for that THANK YOU

“Our daughter Chloe had THE BEST time! Thank you Big Ben! The coaches and organizers were awesome too! She won a Camper of the Day award for her division today and caught your pass! She had so much FUN! THANK YOU for making the best memories for so many children!” — Lisa Zeljak Booth

Courtney Kern [email protected]
Had a good time volunteering at the @_BigBen7 @ProCamps.Looking forward to next year. #BenRoethlisberger #ProCampsWorldWide

Now we pause for a “Little R & R”:

“Helping Daddy on the field, and hangin’ out with Pops at lunch. Fun all day long!” — Benjamin, Jr.

Back to photos of Ben’s hard-working campers:

Lisa and Mike Booth
“We cannot thank you enough for an awesome experience for our daughter and all of the campers! Big Ben spent the entire day, both days, on the fields with the kids. He provided guidance, was very encouraging, and had fun with them. He threw each child a pass…400 kids in attendance! The team coaches were wonderful too! They provided great tips, encouragement, and also lots of fun for the kids. Kudos to the staff and organizers of this camp! The camp was very organized and delivered more than we expected! A big THANK YOU to all for an event well done!

Our daughter Chloe won one of the Camper of the Day awards with her little sister Abigail, who was her biggest cheerleader this weekend. Chloe was really nervous before the camp started. She was worried that she would not be able to keep up with the boys who play football on organized teams. However, thanks to Ben, the coaches, and staff she shined during camp, learned a lot and really had a blast!!!” — Lisa & Mike Booth

“We traveled from Long Island NY, it was well worth the trip. I though the camp was very organized and Ben was great and accessible to the kids.” — Bill DePaul

“Had a blast at our first camp. Thanks for all you do for the kids and K-9s. I work in law enforcement as a civilian and know how special our four legged Officers are to the partners. — Tara Carlisle

“It was greater than usual. Bryce caught a TD pass from Ben in one of his 7-on-7 games. Then, he was selected to help in a drill with Bryce Gradkowski. That was awesome!!” — Steve Bishop

“Here we are again and another Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp has come and gone! But what a weekend! Once again Ben and the ProCamps team put on an exceptional event for the kids. This was our sixth camp and it was as good as every other year has been. Ben is awesome with the kids and again gave of himself by making sure each camper had a chance to catch a pass from him. He was throwing those footballs so fast my camera couldn’t keep up! LOL! The kids all had a blast! The energy level was through the roof! And I had a chance to meet and talk briefly with Ashley, who graciously allowed me to take my picture with her and Baylee! What a special treat that was and Ashley was so sweet! She more than once expressed her appreciation for all the fan support! What a special QB we have in Ben Roethlisberger and what a wonderful family!” — Anita Doddroe

Rich Hoelke Jr [email protected]
@_BigBen7 what a day!! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!

Did they talk you into it yet? Well then head on over to ProCamps today & get your youngster signed up before camp is full!

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work

May 18th, 2017 by

Demon_MontgomeryCountySOLast November, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a $10,000 grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for their K-9 Unit.

Demon (and you never want to mess with someone named, “Demon”!) is a 15-month old, dual trained K-9 that began his assignment with Sergeant Kevin Crull earlier this month.

He replaced K-9 Jax, who is now enjoying his much deserved retirement. Demon participated in his first routine school search just a couple of weeks after starting on patrol, and did a great job according to his partner, Sgt. Crull.

Demon is pictured with partner, Sergeant Crull and Chief Deputy Ryan Needham.

You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.

It’s a Warrior Wednesday!

May 17th, 2017 by

And our spotlight is on Eric Ochoa:

I served 8 years in the Marine Corps, and I’ve been a Steelers fan all my life. Born and raised in California, never been to Pittsburgh, but still a fan.

During my time in the Marines, I did two combat tours in Iraq and one to Afghanistan. I remember in 2009 waking up at 2 in the morning in Iraq to watch the Steelers beat the Cardinals in the Super Bowl.

In late 2013, I had the privilege to deploy to Jordan to train the Jordanian Army before they went to Afghanistan. During one of our driving courses, I pulled out my black terrible towel, I always kept with me, and asked some of the soldiers to take a picture with me holding the terrible towel.

I told them it represents the best football team in America. Hopefully one day my wife, kids and I can make it to Pittsburgh to witness the best players at home. #HereWeGo — Eric Ochoa.

*Eric, thank you for sharing the photo & your story with us!! God bless you, and thank you for serving our country!

Monday night.

May 15th, 2017 by

Date night. Hockey night.

Pens win night.

Mother’s Day message…

May 14th, 2017 by

Momma, we just want to take a minute to say, ‘thank you’!

You’re the best mom in the whole wide world. You’re always there to wipe our tears when we are sad, pick us up when we fall, hug us when we need it, and laugh with us when we are silly.

We couldn’t ask for a better mom. We may not realize it now, but you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to us!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Hope you have an amazing day! — Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.

Happy Mother’s Day out there to all the mothers and grandmothers, hope you all have a blessed day. Know that you are loved so much and appreciated more than we probably express.


Special love to my mom, Brenda. My mother in law, Jeannie. My grandmother GG, grandma J, and grandma Foust.
And most importantly to my amazing wife and mother of my 3 amazing kids – I love you! Happy Mother’s Day!! — Ben.

Ben “Maverick” Roethlisberger

May 12th, 2017 by

“I feel the need…the need for speed!”

From KDKA-Channel 2 this evening:

Aerial acrobats. Thunderbirds. “Wings over Pittsburgh” is back, for the first time in six years.

While the pilots are winging it, two-time Team USA Olympic goalie Brianne McLaughlin poses with her silver medals, then dons a different uniform than the red, white and blue she wore on the ice.

She’s prepared for a breathtaking flight on a Thunderbird.

Meanwhile, Columbus Blue Jackets’ winger Brandon Saad, formerly of Penn-Richland High School, prepares for a flight of his own.

“Playoffs, been there, done that before,” he said. “But for my first time doing this, I’m full of excitement, for sure.”

C_tmIhoXkAApr4dFrom the ice to the football field, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also got a special preview of the show. He got a ride on the T-33, a training plane used by new recruits.

“We just chatted back and forth. He wanted to fly over the stadium, down around Pittsburgh, the practice facility,” said pilot Greg Colyer. “I let him fly the airplane around a little bit, and then we came back and landed.”

So, what did the quarterback think of his bird’s eye view of the city?

“It was an unbelievable experience. It was something I can cross off my bucket list now,” Roethlisberger said. “You understand the power that the plane has, and how sensitive it is, and how awesome these pilots are.”

The theme of this year’s Wings over Pittsburgh is “Forging the Future.”

You can read more & catch a video here.

*Nothing like a quote from the movie, “Top Gun” to start the post off right!

Grab your golf clubs….

May 11th, 2017 by

And play a round with Big Ben, Brett Keisel and Heath Miller!

From The Golf Wire:

1Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – will host the star-studded Shepherd’s Rock Celebrity Pro-Am on July 11.

Kicking off at 10 a.m., the event is part of Nemacolin’s grand opening celebration for its much-anticipated new Pete Dye and Tim Liddy-designed Shepherd’s Rock golf course.

An exclusive pro-am draw and VIP gala event featuring Huey Lewis and The News occurs July 10 at 6 p.m.

Celebrities scheduled to participate include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger; San Francisco 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould; PGA TOUR golfers Ben Curtis and Jason Gore; Golf Channel personalities Matt Ginella and Chris DiMarco; and local sports luminaries Brett Keisel, Heath Miller and Phil Bourque.

Packages to play in the pro-am are available for $2,950 (individual) and $10,400 (foursome). The offer includes overnight accommodations, welcome amenity package (valued at over $500), two tickets to the pro-am draw event and VIP gala, exclusive play on Shepherd’s Rock and more.

“This exciting celebrity pro-am will launch the opening of Shepherd’s Rock in grand fashion,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “We want participants to enjoy the world-class experience offered here at Nemacolin and be among the first to play the course many feel is destined to become one of the most acclaimed layouts in the U.S.”

Perched high atop the Allegheny Mountains, the 7,151-yard Shepherd’s Rock course will offer extraordinary golf in a spectacular setting. The rolling bucolic terrain is ideal to fully utilize Dye’s brilliant imagination in fashioning a routing sure to draw raves from both media and guests. The dramatic par-5 18th, under the gaze of Nemacolin’s posh Falling Rock boutique hotel, features a green sitting atop the property’s high ground and a single, magnificent oak tree standing sentinel on the right.

Shepherd’s Rock is the only Mid-Atlantic layout and Pete Dye-designed golf course opening in 2017. The course will open to resort guests and members on July 1. Play for general public begins July 12.

For additional information or to register for the event, contact head golf professional Justin Collins at (724) 329-6112 / [email protected].

And the winner is…

May 9th, 2017 by

Yup! You guessed it!

That round of golf Ben played this weekend with Golf Channel‘s senior writer Ryan Lavner was part of Reynolds Plantation Member-Guest Golf Tournament.

After the tournament, Mr. Lavner realized what Steeler Nation has been aware of for some time – Big Ben IS a “baller”!

Ron Cook: Roethlisberger’s state of mind is all about Steelers

May 5th, 2017 by

“I hope the people of Pittsburgh know me well enough to know I love football, I love Pittsburgh and I love the Steelers. My teammates and Steelers fans are going to get 110 percent from me. They don’t need to worry about getting anything less.” — Ben.

From Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

010617_1Ben Roethlisberger said he never looked back after deciding to return to the Steelers for another season, his 14th in the NFL.

But a little positive reinforcement never hurts.

For Roethlisberger, it came last week during the first night of the NFL draft. The Cleveland Browns used the No. 1 overall pick to take Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, who promptly said he plans on making Roethlisberger his first NFL sack when the teams play Sept. 10 in Cleveland on the opening weekend of the season.

“I was talking to [Maurkice Pouncey] after Garrett called me out. Pounce got a big kick out of it. All of my linemen enjoyed hearing it. They can’t wait to get started. I can’t, either.”

It was a relaxed Roethlisberger who jumped on the telephone this week for a 45-minute chat during which he addressed the Steelers draft, which included quarterback Joshua Dobbs, old teammate Martavis Bryant, new teammate James Conner, the 2017 Steelers and his football future, among other topics.

He was hitting golf balls with his son, Benjamin Jr., 4, on a range not far from his offseason escape on Lake Oconee in Georgia. It turns out Junior might want to be a pro golfer rather than a Hall of Fame quarterback, which is just fine with his old man.

“He already hits the ball straighter than I do,” Roethlisberger said.

Family time has been the best part of Roethlisberger’s busy offseason. He also spoke for two hours about faith, family and, yes, maybe a little Antonio Brown to nearly 10,000 men at a retreat at Liberty College in Virginia.

“I had no idea what I was going to say. It came from the heart.” He hunted for Red Stag elk, Fallow deer and Arapawa ram during a trip to New Zealand with good friend, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. “I got all three!,” Roethlisberger gushed. And he was inducted into the Hancock County (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame with his younger sister, Carlee, a basketball and volleyball star at Oklahoma. He ranks that as one of his greatest honors because there is nothing quite like feeling welcome in your hometown.

Next up for Roethlisberger is a reconciliation with Bryant, the Steelers’ talented, but troubled wide receiver who was conditionally reinstated by the NFL last month after he missed the 2016 season because of a marijuana-related suspension. Roethlisberger had been Bryant’s biggest supporter and texted him daily when Bryant missed the first four games of 2015 because of another marijuana suspension. But Roethlisberger felt betrayed and even lied to by Bryant before the second suspension.

010516_1“It’s more than just me. He has to win back everybody’s trust,” Roethlisberger said. “I would hope he comes up to me and we go somewhere to talk in private. After that, he has to show with his work ethic and by staying clean that he cares — really cares — about us. If he does that, it’ll be huge. He can really help us. He can be so great.”

Roethlisberger said he liked the Steelers’ draft, especially the selection of Conner on Friday night with the team’s second pick in the third round. He and Conner share the same agent, Ryan Tollner. They worked out together a few times during the winter in Newport Beach, Calif.

“I’m not saying I’m the reason we picked him, but I really pushed hard for him,” Roethlisberger said. “I think he’s going to be such a great fit for us. Every player who’s from Pittsburgh or played in Pittsburgh wants to play for the Steelers. I get that. Bruce [Gradkowski] and Charlie [Batch] were that way. But James has a passion to play for us. ‘I only want to go to Pittsburgh,’ he told me before the draft. He’s going to work his butt off. You won’t even recognize him when you see him. He’s got his diet right. He’s lost weight. He’s leaner, stronger and faster. I’m really excited about the energy he’s going to bring to our team.”

If Conner’s enthusiasm makes Roethlisberger feel younger, the selection of Southern California wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round makes him feel older, a lot older. Smith-Schuster, the youngest player in the draft, won’t turn 21 until Nov. 22.

“I just shake my head about that. When that kid was born, I was in high school! Geez!,” Roethlisberger said.

As for Dobbs, the Steelers’ fourth-round pick, well, he makes Roethlisberger feel a little less intelligent. Dobbs has a degree from Tennessee in aerospace engineering.

“I think it’ll be more fun to talk to him about fighter jet engines than about football,” Roethlisberger said.

“I meant what I said to him when I reached out to him after the draft. I’m going to help him and teach him everything I can. If he turns out to be the guy who follows me, great. If not, I’m still going to help him all I can.”

Roethlisberger wouldn’t say how many more seasons he will play. He said he doesn’t know. He is signed through the 2019 season, although he says he has no idea how long his contract runs. He set off panic in Steelers Nation two days after last season when he said on his 93.7 The Fan radio show that he was considering all his options, including retirement. He said he had to think about his family and his long-term health.

“I’ve got to take it year by year at this point,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m never going to look past any year because I want to give everything I have to that year. I’m not worried about next year. I have to win now. I think we can. I believe we have just about everybody back. I want to see what we look like as a team that’s a year better.”

100616_3Chuck Noll often said a player who is considering retirement should go ahead and do it because he won’t be fully committed to football. Roethlisberger isn’t buying that.

“Just because you think about your future doesn’t mean you have to retire. A lot of guys think about their future. Look at James Harrison [who retired briefly in August 2014].”

It all starts for the Steelers May 23, the first day of their Organized Team Activities. Roethlisberger said he can’t wait, not just to say hello to Conner again and to meet the other new players but maybe to have a few more laughs at Garrett’s expense with Pouncey and his four other best friends on the team, Al Villanueva, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert. Surely, they all will hoot and holler about Gilbert’s tweets to Garrett on draft night.

“It’s a lot easier for me to come back knowing those five guys are going to be there with me. That’s a good feeling for a quarterback.”

The feeling is mutual among the linemen.

“When Ben’s gone, I’m gone,” Pouncey has said. “The moment he walks away, I’m walking right behind him.”

Those retirement parties will have to wait at least another year.

That sound you hear is Steelers Nation exhaling.

You can read more from Mr. Cook’s interview with Ben here.


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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).


WHAT: Keynote Speaker – Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend
WHEN: March 17-18, 2017
WHERE: Liberty University
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