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
Wishing everyone a safe & happy Fourth of July (long) weekend!
Photo courtesy of Dave DiCello
“Pittsburgh. The Steel City. The City of Champions. The City of Bridges. It has many names, but I know it by one: home. Pittsburgh is the perfect combination of 'big' city living and a small town feel. We have history in our steel mills, our sports teams and our culture that make us unique in terms of great American cities. The other thing that is great about the ‘Burgh from a photography standpoint is that no matter how you look at it, you are sure to have an incredible view. From high up on Mt. Washington or the West End Overlook, or down low on the North Shore or Point State Park, the views of my hometown rival some of the best in the world.
“But probably my favorite thing about Pittsburgh is the pride that the people who live there have. We are proud to say where we are from, proud to be from a city that was the keystone of industry in the United States for so many years. The people who leave here always want to come back, because there really isn’t any place quite like Pittsburgh anywhere else.” -- Dave
If you’re not following Dave on Twitter or Facebook, you're missing out on a lot of beautiful photography of Pittsburgh like the one above!
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Join Big Ben in June!
At the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Weekend!
Click on the image above for info!
Autograph Signing this summer!
July 10-12, 2015: Ben will be at the Collectors Showcase of America Show in Chantilly, VA!
The show is held at the Dulles Expo Center at 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly, VA 20151
We will post more information when it becomes available! So stay tuned....
*You can check out some great photos from his last visit to Chantilly right here.
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 in 2013-2014
October 24th: Roethlisberger: 'To see the joy is special'
November 15th: Steelers make a wish come true
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 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:
Happy Birthday Wishes To
Heather Abramovitz (Jun 28th)
Tony DelMonte (Jun 28th)
Amanda Glazer (Jun 28th)
Rita F. Hafner (Jun 28th)
Natalie Hatrak (Jun 28th)
Scott Heffley (Jun 28th)
Danyle Hutchinson (Jun 28th)
Sherry Kersh (Jun 28th)
Joslyn Lewis (Jun 28th)
Chardanae Dowdell (Jun 29th)
Morgan Greer (Jun 29th)
Nikki Lynn (Jun 29th)
Artie Monarrez (Jun 29th)
Conrad Reinheimer (Jun 29th)
Tameka Roulhac (Jun 29th)
Lindy Sidiaren (Jun 29th)
Margaret Smith (Jun 29th)
Melissa Wender (Jun 29th)
Matthew T. Wright (Jun 29th)
Nikita Boehme (Jun 30th)
Manuel Caloca (Jun 30th)
Terry Carroll (Jun 30th)
Alex Cole (Jun 30th)
Jean Connors (Jun 30th)
Chris Domboski (Jun 30th)
Luann Miller (Jun 30th)
Jean Pratt (Jun 30th)
John Rafail (Jun 30th)
Kimberly Sovine (Jun 30th)
Derek Bain (Jul 1st)
Susi Campbell (Jul 1st)
Scott Elliott (Jul 1st)
Carol Evans LeBlanc (Jul 1st)
Kelly Showalter (Jul 1st)
Lisa Stretch (Jul 1st)
Missy Tschappat (Jul 1st)
Erika Bazan (Jul 2nd)
Mary Bowers (Jul 2nd)
Cynthia Fillmore (Jul 2nd)
Megan Groller (Jul 2nd)
Devin Heller (Jul 2nd)
Marquis J. Hill (Jul 2nd)
Penny Lambdin (Jul 2nd)
Misty Mills (Jul 2nd)
Debbie O'Shea (Jul 2nd)
Judy Reed (Jul 2nd)
Rob Becker (Jul 3rd)
Ryan Berl (Jul 3rd)
Keegan W. Clarke (Jul 3rd)
Sherry Favourite (Jul 3rd)
Dewey Krueger (Jul 3rd)
Randy Perez (Jul 3rd)
Noreen Tomkowski (Jul 3rd)
Randy Villanueva (Jul 3rd)
Jack Atkinson (Jul 4th)
Brian Goodson (Jul 4th)
Madison Kirchner (Jul 4th)
Brittany Smith (Jul 4th)
Ted Webb (Jul 4th)
Alasandra Zamarripa (Jul 4th)
Pamela Errichetti (Jul 5th)
Jack Galati (Jul 5th)
Deb Kubacka (Jul 5th)
Cheryl Leber (Jul 5th)
Ryan Barnett (Jul 6th)
Linda Barton (Jul 6th)
Melanie Bergey (Jul 6th)
Johnny Galati (Jul 6th)
Tucker Hancock (Jul 6th)
Charles Kneifel (Jul 6th)
Brittany J. McDaniel (Jul 6th)
Chamber Prorok (Jul 6th)
Dianne Ruminski (Jul 6th)
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!
(Damien Thompson was Ben's July, 2014 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 Andre Frazier. He was our Birthday Wishes winner for May!
You can see photos of the Birthday Wishes winners here.
Thank you to ALL of our sponsors for the 2015 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser & Invitational Golf Tournament
You can get info about both events here.
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
Ben on the Cover