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
Benjamin Jr. & Baylee: First Halloween
October 31, 2013 - At first, we thought a little monkey had escaped from the Pittsburgh zoo.
October 31, 2014 - Baylee knew she was "totally rockin' the baby bunny look!"
Benjamin Jr. & Baylee want you to share your Halloween photos with their web...uh, their dad's website! You can learn how right here!
*And you can see more family photos here!
**Don't see the latest news or photos on the site? Try refreshing your browser!
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
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
Kostya Cook (Oct 11th)
Billie Eicher (Oct 11th)
Tenille Gallegos (Oct 11th)
Dakota Garcia (Oct 11th)
Zack Henigin (Oct 11th)
Tara Hudson (Oct 11th)
Alyssa Hunt (Oct 11th)
Sam Krivanec (Oct 11th)
Dylan Round (Oct 11th)
Andy Weber (Oct 11th)
Dana Burgos (Oct 12th)
Bobby Clarke (Oct 12th)
Alana Cleary (Oct 12th)
Lisa Dennis (Oct 12th)
Christine Jones (Oct 12th)
Cecil Lemus (Oct 12th)
Irma Sanchez (Oct 12th)
Tom Seiger (Oct 12th)
Renee Stredney (Oct 12th)
Helen Athanasopoulos (Oct 13th)
Stacee Hilliard (Oct 13th)
James Kerr (Oct 13th)
Rich Kruse (Oct 13th)
Joan McCormick (Oct 13th)
Angelina Richtmyer (Oct 13th)
Amelia Traeger (Oct 13th)
Michael Brasko (Oct 14th)
Jim Charnesky (Oct 14th)
Alleyah Chowdhry (Oct 14th)
Ameisha Drummond (Oct 14th)
Kylie Frank (Oct 14th)
Ron Lazration (Oct 14th)
Jean Trail (Oct 14th)
Raymond Yoder (Oct 14th)
Gina Cerone (Oct 15th)
Chris Foster (Oct 15th)
Eric Howard (Oct 15th)
Heather Kerstina (Oct 15th)
Tracie Panzek (Oct 15th)
Landen Whitt (Oct 15th)
Jill Brossman (Oct 16th)
Bart Cole (Oct 16th)
Tyler Gray (Oct 16th)
Beverly Presser (Oct 16th)
Matt Rayne (Oct 16)
Kim Sheehan (Oct 16th)
Marcella Shirley (Oct 16th)
Jon Banal (Oct 17th)
Jennifer Coleman (Oct 17th)
Brandan Gartner (Oct 17th)
Amanda Haba Nickerson (Oct 17th)
George Storey (Oct 17th)
Tere Furber (Oct 18th)
Pam Hipnar (Oct 18th)
Manny Hundley (Oct 18th)
Leigh Jenkins (Oct 18th)
Dennis Milligan (Oct 18th)
Beverly Wolz (Oct 18th)
Kenna Ash (Oct 19th)
Kevin Boston (Oct 19th)
Rochelle Rankin (Oct 19th)
Sarah Schneider (Oct 19th)
Kaitlyn Thiel (Oct 19th)
Miguel Deciga (Oct 20th)
Mia Galati (Oct 20th)
Warren Gold (Oct 20th)
Jonathan Jenkins (Oct 20th)
Teresa Lloyd (Oct 20th)
Heidi Meredith (Oct 20th)
Nicole Burfield (Oct 21st)
Bob Carter (Oct 21st)
Annette Gutierrez (Oct 21st)
Chloe McLaughlin (Oct 21st)
Eric Mann (Oct 21st)
Julietta Nicoletta (Oct 21st)
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 Travis Schaney. He was our Birthday Wishes winner for September!
You can see photos of some of our 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