We start with golfer Brian Cooper, who always takes his love for the Steelers on the course with him!
“If you had the chance to watch the Golf Channel‘s series ‘Big Break Greenbrier‘, you would see that I’m very loyal to my roots of being raised in western Pennsylvania. Aside from carrying the Terrible Towel on my bag while filming the show, I also wore a Steelers belt buckle. And it so happens that #7 is my favorite number, making Ben my favorite player. The Steelers are an integral part of that town and I love being part of Steeler Nation.” – Brian Cooper.
You don’t have to be a fan of the game of golf to appreciate Coop’s golf clubs (top of the page)!
You can read more about Coop here.
Derrick Thomas: An all A’s student who is all about #7!
“Derrick is a 12-year old straight A student. He is in 6th grade and has been playing football for 7 years. He one day hopes to be as good a quarterback as Ben! He loves the Steelers and Ben as much as he loves me, his mom! Lol! One day, he hopes to make it to a Steelers game and meet his all-time favorite player, Big Ben, as we live in Oceanside, California.” – Mom Cory Thomas (that’s Dad Dave in the background).
Derrick also sent in a photo of his room, which has it’s share of Big Ben memorabilia!
Tennis with Big Ben? Absolutely!
Last June, Mark was staying at the same resort that Ben was staying at during the weekend of The Big 33 Classic in Hershey, PA. He and his friend not only met Ben on the tennis court, but Ben, ever the competitor, and his agent Ryan Tollner, played the boys in doubles for a few matches! Mark tweeted the collage of photos.
Not sure who won the matches, both Mark and Ben remained mum on that subject!
Thank you so much Mark!
And a special Shout-Out today:
Beating cancer with Big Ben!
“I am 46 years old and was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I will start chemo next week. That should last 4-6 months, then surgery and radiation. I have no doubt I will beat this. I do not want anything from this website, just wanted to let you know that I will wear my Big Ben #7 jersey to my first chemo treatment…Big Ben has overcome so many obstacles in his personal and professional life…what an inspiration. I will take my next round in my Brett Keisel #99 jersey…big dude…will help me kick cancer’s ass…and the third treatment will be in my Troy #43 jersey…we all need someone to pray for us and I know if he knew me he would say a prayer for me. Then I will start the rounds all over again with Big Ben #7. GOD BLESS STEELER NATION AND GOD BLESS ME!!! All of this will take place in St. Vincent’s hospital in Jacksonville, Florida…Go Steelers!” — Linda Harper, from her email in to us in late March.
As you can see, Linda followed up this week with a photo of herself wearing her Big Ben jersey while getting that first round of chemo! Please keep Linda in your thoughts and prayers, Steeler Nation! Go Linda!!
We have more photos that fans have shared with us over the last month, including a great Steelers man cave, two Shout-Outs to two tough ladies battling cancer, and a photo of Steelers siblings all the way from Aguascalientes, Mexico here.
Also, check out this dog-gone cute four-legged fan in the Steelers Pets album, and then some of the cutest little fans you’ll ever see in the Lil’ Fans album (but watch out, we have a Terrible Toddler on the loose!).
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
April, 2013 - The Breakers in West Palm Beach, FL.
"Gosh! It seems like just yesterday when I was in the pool for the very first time with my daddy and personal lifeguard! Where does the time go? I was so young!" -- Benjamin, Jr.
You can see more family photos here.
Ben has NO personal social networking pages or accounts...
He does NOT have a personal Twitter account, a Facebook page, nor a Myspace page.
If you come across one, it's a fake!
But you can follow his website's Twitter feed and Facebook page to stay updated!
The Third Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
Join Ben, his family & friends at his foundation fundraiser this summer!
Proceeds from the event will benefit K-9 Police and Fire Units throughout the country, and Make-A-Wish®.
This incredible evening will feature a strolling dinner, a live and silent auction, and the music of NightSong, which will have you dancing in no time!
A few of Ben’s teammates, including Brett Keisel, Heath Miller, James Harrison, and Charlie Batch stopped by to show their support last year, as did ESPN’s Merril Hoge. You never know who will show up this year!
Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale, PA
Ticket price: $200/per person
Attire: Casual and Comfortable
*Must be 21 years of age or older to attend!
You won’t want to miss it so purchase your tickets now!
You can see more great photos from last year’s event here.
The Third Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
How about a round of golf the following day?
You can join Ben once again, but this time on the golf course at the beautiful Treesdale Golf and Country Club in Gibsonia, PA on June 23rd.
As with the event at Jergels on Sunday night, Monday’s tournament will benefit both Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.
The tournament was a huge success last year – 118 golfers, including teammate and friend Brett Keisel, Mr. Art Rooney II, Steelers Great Franco Harris, Penguins Great Mario Lemieux, and former Steeler and current ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge, joined Ben on the course for a full day of golf and games to benefit his Foundation.
And benefit it they did! The event raised over $100,000 for both of Ben’s Foundation causes: the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia as well as K-9 Police and Fire Units across the country.
Golfers enjoyed both a lunch buffet served on the patio before heading out on the course, and a delicious dinner in the clubhouse after the tournament featuring several buffet stations. On the course, the golfers were treated to made-to-order Primanti Bros sandwiches from a specially prepared golf dining cart!
Space is limited for the tournament, so make your golfing plans soon!
You can sign up for the tournament, or learn more about it here.
You can see an album full of photos from last year’s Invitational here.
2014 Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
Sign your child up now to join Ben in June for some football instruction and fun at his Annual Football Camp, sponsored by ProCamps Worldwide and save $20 on the registration fee!
Dates: June 16th & 17th, 2014
Times: 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Place: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA
Cost: $199. Use the code BigBen7 for $20 off the registration fee.
You can learn more & register here!
2014 Lou Holtz HOF Dinner
Ben will be the guest speaker at the fundraising dinner which will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, Ohio. in Wintersville, Ohio.
Tickets are $110 per person which covers admission, the meal, commemorative gifts and a chance at prize drawings held during the event. Of that cost, $50 is tax deductible.
You can pre-order tickets by calling 330-386-5443. Tickets go on sale on January 16, 2014.
You can learn more about the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame here.
Congratulations to Ben!
Named the “Steelers 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year”
He is one of 32 NFL team’s “Man of the Year” award winners.
The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
The Ben Roethlisberger Show
Ben makes regular weekly appearances on KDKA-FM, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan during the NFL season!
The Ben Roethlisberger Show airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
*You can also visit us at BR-7.com
A phone call from Ben???
You bet!! Now you can send a personalized phone call (or E-Card) from Ben to a family member or friend for a special occasion!
Click on the image above for more info!
Ben, The Steelers, and Make-A-Wish in 2013
November 15th: Steelers make a wish come
November 6th: An 8-year old Make-A-Wish Hero
November 1st: Big Ben donates to Make-A-Wish
September 22nd: Making a wish come true and then some
July 25th: A great day on the course for a very good cause
July 9th: The 2nd Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
June 2nd: Roethlisberger makes impact off the field
April 14th: A Make-A-Wish day to remember
The Ben Roethlisberger FoundationCheck out the Foundation page!
Click on the image below for information on The Giving Back Fund:
If you would like to donate to Ben's Foundation:
Happy Birthday Wishes To
Parris Adams (Apr 24th)
Caitlyn Berl (Apr 24th)
Andrew Osborn (Apr 24th)
Chris Slone (Apr 24th)
Shad Wheeler (Apr 24th)
Jill Becker (Apr 25th)
Rob Caldwell (Apr 25th)
Mason Kary (Apr 25th)
Linda Caudill (Apr 26th)
Robyn Lazration (Apr 26th)
John Reber, Jr. (Apr 26th)
David Sorrick (Apr 26th)
Yrene Torres (Apr 26th)
Landon Carter (Apr 27th)
Brady Cooper (Apr 27th)
Albert Dubrale (Apr 27th)
Tina Kelley (Apr 27th)
Eileen Maluk (Apr 27th)
Krista Sirk (Apr 27th)
Tanya Coin (April 28th)
Richie Entsminger (April 28th)
Jaxon Federer (April 28th)
Gary Ferrato (April 28th)
Markus Grantz (April 28th)
Jordan Gray (April 28th)
Rita M. Hailey (April 28th)
Mar'ion Holmes (April 28th)
Jessica Martin (April 28th)
Brittany Myers (April 28th)
Brandon Reside (April 28th)
Brandie Riederer (April 28th)
Dominic Vasquez (April 28th)
Sami Wilhite (April 28th)
Chuck Brady (Apr 29th)
Jeff Kisell (Apr 29th)
Brianna Bickel (Apr 30th)
David Diaz (Apr 30th)
Gavin Falcigno (Apr 30th)
Sophia Gazda (Apr 30th)
Deb Sowerbrower (Apr 30th)
Austin Swaverly (Apr 30th)
John Vosburgh (Apr 30th)
Aidan Wolz (Apr 30th)
Daniel Wolz (Apr 30th)
June Amodeo (May 1st)
Elizabeth Arner (May 1st)
Kathie Haber (May 1st)
Forrest Myers (May 1st)
Ronald Roden (May 1st)
Cindy Rollins (May 1st)
Roger Saucedo (May 1st)
Debbie Swartz (May 1st)
Dawn Schaum Wilson (May 1st)
Daniel Clark (May 2nd)
Nathaniel Howard (May 2nd)
Ryan Leblanc (May 2nd)
Christopher McCoy (May 2nd)
Allen Ruddell (May 2nd)
Mason Smith (May 2nd)
Tom Wilson (May 2nd)
Marissa Boulton (May 3rd)
Alex Coin (May 3rd)
Carmine Gebo (May 3rd)
Sherri McLaurin (May 3rd)
Jerry Smith (May 3rd)
Kevin Turpin, Jr. (May 3rd)
Alaney Sigmon (May 4th)
Cheyanne Teets (May 4th)
Thea Zacharopoulos (May 4th)
Would you like BigBen7 to post a birthday wish for you or someone else? Just email me with the name, and the birth month and day! Birthdays are posted on Fridays for the coming week.
NOTE: Birthday greeting requests must be sent before the birthday month starts and prior to the posting of the new week's list. Otherwise, they will be put on the calendar for the next year.
All fans on the Birthday Wishes list are eligible to win one of Ben's game-used autographed cleats, courtesy of Ben himself!
(Garrett Cagle was Ben's February, 2011 winner)
A birthday winner's name will be drawn and notified at the end of each month in which their birthday was recognized.
*Congratulations to Patrick Williams! He was our Birthday Wishes winner for March!
You can see photos of the Birthday Wishes winners here.
Proud Sponsors of The 2013 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament
Apollo Jets, the premiere private jets and aircraft charter company:
Summit Golf Brands – the company behind three of the golf industry’s leading brands:
EP Pro , Premier women’s golf sportswear company for over 18 years:
Fairway & Greene, luxury golf apparel and sportswear:
Zero Restriction, waterproof rainwear for golfers:
You can get info about the Tournament here.
Ronald McDonald House Charities - Pittsburgh Area
For more information and to donate, click on the image link below:
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - UPMC
For more information and to donate, click on the image link below:
Big Ben's BBQ SauceGo with what the Pro's use:
Big Ben's BBQ Sauce sales and fundraising have helped raise over $150,000 for his favorite charities, including The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation!
King Street Sports BarIf you are visiting or vacationing in South Carolina....
Stop by King Street Grille with locations in Charleston, Kiawah Island, James Island, Mt. Pleasant and Myrtle Beach!
"Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is part owner of the Charleston-based chain that is decked out in full Steelers theme. However, King Street Grille doesn't play favorites, it's a sports bar where all sports fans and fanatics are welcomed.
"If you're looking to catch up on sports highlights or catch a game, then this is the spot." -- Sun News Restaurant Review, July 29, 2010.
Book - The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan
Written By: Bruce A. Tollner, Rep 1 Sports Foreword by: Stephen R. Covey, #1 Bestselling Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
Ben on the book: "As a quarterback, I have played on some championship teams—and I have experienced some painful losses. Regardless of the outcome of any one game, my dad has been there to cheer me on. Whether I throw a winning touchdown pass or an interception, I know my dad is there to say, 'Good job, Son, I am proud of you!' My parents have had a major influence on the way I live life, as well as the way I play football. Because of their influence, and that of my coaches and others, I am blessed to be able to live out a childhood dream to play professional football. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan can help you to help your child live out their childhood dreams. Read this book, and put together a winning game plan for your child."—Ben Roethlisberger, Two-time Super Bowl Champion Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
To order your copy, just click on the image link above!
Ben on the Cover