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
October 31, 2014 - Elmo & Baylee the Bunny enjoying the spoils of their first Trick or Treat together!
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Look: Big Ben’s Touchdowns for K9’s
Fans can support future K-9 grants by joining Ben’s crowdfunding campaign.. Ben is pledging $1,000 per throwing touchdown this season to his foundation. Supporters can increase the impact by pledging to donate any amount per touchdown!
Click on the image above to make your pledge!
The Ben Roethlisberger Show
You can hear Ben's show LIVE every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. during football season on "The Cook and Poni Show " on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM).
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!
Now THIS is a sweet deal!!
Place an order using the group code of 77-7777 on Sarris Candies’ website and Sarris will donate 25% of the purchase price to Ben’s foundation.
Click on the image above for more info!
Ben, The Steelers, and Make-A-Wish
September 30, 2016: Ben & Steelers make a wish come true
December 19, 2015: This was pure magic
November 13, 2015: Ben Roethlisberger and 9-year-old cancer survivor bond over cleats
November 7, 2015: Fridays in November have been about making wishes come true!
October 31, 2015: Steelers give this special fan 'an amazing day'
October 4, 2015: A gift of life, a wish of a lifetime
September 18, 2015: Ben and Antonio Make A Wish come true
October 24, 2014: Roethlisberger: 'To see the joy is special'
November 15, 2014: Steelers make a wish come true
November 6, 2013: An 8-year old Make-A-Wish Hero
November 1, 2013: Big Ben donates to Make-A-Wish
September 22, 2013: Making a wish come true and then some
July 25, 2013: A great day on the course for a very good cause
July 9, 2013: The 2nd Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
June 2, 2013: Roethlisberger makes impact off the field
April 14, 2013: A Make-A-Wish day to remember
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation
Check 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, click here.
Happy Birthday Wishes To
Mary Berg (Oct 10)
Kaitlyn Brown (Oct 10)
Katy Brown (Oct 10)
Joey Cheripka (Oct 10)
Jose Antonio Robles Gomez (Oct 10)
Bobbi Jo Manley (Oct 10)
Camden Myers (Oct 10)
Laura Novak (Oct 10)
Evan Spaulding (Oct 10)
Ingrid Wozniak (Oct 10)
Kostya Cook (Oct 11)
Billie Eicher (Oct 11)
Tenille Gallegos (Oct 11)
Dakota Garcia (Oct 11)
Zack Henigin (Oct 11)
Tara Hudson (Oct 11)
Alyssa Hunt(Oct 11)
Sam Krivanec (Oct 11)
Dylan Round (Oct 11)
Andy Webber (Oct 11)
Dana Burgos (Oct 12)
Bobby Clarke (Oct 12)
Alana Cleary (Oct 12)
Lisa Dennis (Oct 12)
Christine Jones (Oct 12)
Cecil Lemus (Oct 12)
Irma Sanchez (Oct 12)
Tom Seiger (Oct 12)
Renee Stedney (Oct 12)
Helen Athanasopoulos (Oct 13)
Stacee Hilliard (Oct 13)
James Kerr (Oct 13)
Rich Kruse (Oct 13)
Joan McCormick (Oct 13)
Angelina Richtmyer (Oct 13)
Amelia Trager (Oct 13)
Michael Brasko (Oct 14)
Jim Charnesky (Oct 14)
Alleyah Chowdhry (Oct 14)
Ameisha Drummond (Oct 14)
Kylie Frank (Oct 14)
Ron Lazration (Oct 14)
Jean Trail (Oct 14)
Kathleen "Polly" Trump (Oct 14)
Raymond Yoder (Oct 14)
Gina Cerone (Oct 15)
Chris Foster (Oct 15)
Eric Howard (Oct 15)
Heather Kersting (Oct 15)
Tracie Panzek (Oct 15)
Gina Spagnollo (Oct 15)
Landen Whitt (Oct 15)
Jill Brossman (Oct 16)
Bart Cole (Oct 16)
Tyler Gray (Oct 16)
Beverly Presser (Oct 16)
Kim Sheehan (Oct 16)
Marcella Shirley (Oct 16)
Jon Banal (Oct 17)
Jennifer Coleman (Oct 17)
Brandan Gartner (Oct 17)
Amanda Haba Nickerson (Oct 17)
George Storey (Oct 17)
Tere Furber (Oct 18)
Pam Hipnar (Oct 18)
Manny Hundley (Oct 18)
Leigh Jenkins (Oct 18)
Dennis Milligan (Oct 18)
Beverly Wolz (Oct 18)
Kenna Ash (Oct 19)
Kevin Boston (Oct 19)
Mary Lou Burkett (Oct 19)
Tony Durham (Oct 19)
Rochelle Rankin (Oct 19)
Sarah Schneider (Oct 19)
Kaitlyn Thiel (Oct 19)
Miguel Deciga (Oct 20)
Mia Galati (Oct 20)
Warren Gold (Oct 20)
Teresa Lloyd (Oct 20)
Jonathan Jenkins (Oct 20)
Heidi Meredith (Oct 20)
Nicole Burfield (Oct 21)
Bob Carter (Oct 21)
Annette Gutierrez (Oct 21)
Chloe McLaughlin (Oct 21)
Eric Mann (Oct 21)
Julietta Nicoletta (Oct 21)
Nicholas Currie (Oct 22)
Evan Dewar (Oct 22)
Gene Stetz (Oct 22)
Lida Varone (Oct 22)
Christian Athanasopoulos (Oct 23)
Jordynn Barnes (Oct 23)
Timmy Frank (Oct 23)
Alexis Gray (Oct 23)
Lisa A. Kelley (Oct 23)
A.J. Korpon (Oct 23)
Nathan Locario (Oct 23)
Scott Raup (Oct 23)
Daniel Watson (Oct 23)
Connie Yunger (Oct 23)
Deborah Dufour (Oct 24)
Tim Falanga (Oct 24)
Tony Galbol (Oct 24)
Josh Gaydos (Oct 24)
Sharon Gazell (Oct 24)
Donna Muenzer (Oct 24)
Teresa Anton (Oct 25)
Jamie Buster (Oct 25)
Amy Coates (Oct 25)
Dominic Coombs (Oct 25)
Darrell Murray (Oct 25)
Desiree Perez (Oct 25)
Suzanne Raque (Oct 25)
Stephanie Shirley (Oct 25)
Tyler Jake Kline (Oct 26)
Francisco Peraza (Oct 26)
Barbara Pittman (Oct 26)
Sharon Randle (Oct 26)
Sean George (Oct 27)
Jackie Mathiot (Oct 27)
Sabrina Ruck (Oct 27)
Ruben Urrea (Oct 27)
Stacey Ward (Oct 27)
Shawn Carter (Oct 28)
Matt Ernst (Oct 28)
Vinny Furman (Oct 28)
Kelly Hetzer (Oct 28)
Pamela McCarthy (Oct 28)
Katie McKown (Oct 28)
Randall Meadows (Oct 28)
Yolanda Middleton (Oct 28)
Caroline Quintero (Oct 28)
Miranda Reyes (Oct 28)
Carolyn Slack (Oct 28)
Charlie Thompson (Oct 28)
Camden Wright (Oct 28)
Beth DelMonte (Oct 29)
Josh Kahle (Oct 29)
Malachi Lucus (Oct 29)
Tyler Watson (Oct 29)
Justin Baker (Oct 30)
Travis Ferguson (Oct 30)
Marissa Miller (Oct 30)
Rose Gold (Oct 31)
Brandon Hale, Sr. (Oct 31)
Hunter Humphries (Oct 31)
Carie McGuire (Oct 31)
Steve O'Connell (Oct 31)
Alexandra Palizzi (Oct 31)
Doug Sweeney (Oct 31)
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Ronald McDonald House Charities - Pittsburgh Area
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!
Book - Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion, and Perseverance
Written By: Chuck Pagano with Bruce A. Tollner, Rep 1 Sports
Foreword by: Tony Dungy
The words from Coach Hep's favorite poem, "Don't Quit" were not recited just to motivate his players before a game - they were a way of life for him. Ben keeps a copy of that poem taped to his locker.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Ben on the Cover