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
From CBS Sports, post-Super Bowl XLIII win:
When he threw the pass that won the Super Bowl, Ben Roethlisberger thought he'd just blown the game for the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh quarterback went on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night and told the host his pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds to play Sunday night was his third read, and he thought a defensive back would intercept it.
"I was getting ready to start running and then I saw about five guys closing on me, I knew my life was about to end," Roethlisberger told Letterman.
"I saw Santonio in the corner and as soon as I let go of it, I saw the defensive back going to get it, and I thought it was intercepted. I thought the game was over. I thought I blew it. And, you know what? He made a heck of a catch, he really did."
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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).
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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!
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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
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
Tina Arms (Jan 27th)
Steve Bruno (Jan 27th)
Terri Burfield (Jan 27th)
Alex DeHaven (Jan 27th)
Tabitha Ferrato (Jan 27th)
Darrren Gross (Jan 27th)
Diamonette Hutchinson (Jan 27th)
Sarah Mashino (Jan 27th)
Brandon Rencheck (Jan 27th)
Eddy Stenz (Jan 27th)
Nicole Confer (Jan 28th)
Jackie Demler (Jan 28th)
David Driscoll (Jan 28th)
Jen Elliott (Jan 28th)
Kelly Garrett (Jan 28th)
Jessie Labolito (Jan 28th)
Mary Kay Kelly (Jan 28th)
Roni Kiesel (Jan 28th)
Eric Combs (Jan 29th)
Tyler Cunningham (Jan 29th)
Rebekah Langston (Jan 29th)
Jake Lydon (Jan 29th)
Bobbette Madonna (Jan 29th)
Misty Sims (Jan 29th)
Richard Vernon (Jan 29th)
Claire Brewer (Jan 30th)
Steva Miller (Jan 30th)
Carole Rudella (Jan 30th)
Julius Todora (Jan 30th)
Kelsi Crist (Jan 31st)
Bradley Tompkins (Jan 31st)
Alyssa Mondragon (Feb 1st)
Cliff Mt. Joy (Feb 1st)
Alejandro Ramirez (Feb 1st)
Kate Fleishauer (Feb 2nd)
Jonathan Gaydos (Feb 2nd)
Heather Hallas (Feb 2nd)
Thomas Jones (Feb 2nd)
Gunner Minnick (Feb 2nd)
Elizabeth Richtmyer (Feb 2nd)
Ryann Wernicki (Feb 2nd)
Mayra Alicea-Ramos (Feb 3rd)
Natalie DiPietro (Feb 3rd)
Jackie Gaydos (Feb 3rd)
Christin Hallam (Feb 3rd)
Nicole Santoro (Feb 3rd)
Kaitlyn Snyder (Feb 3rd)
Sheri Weissman (Feb 3rd)
Easton Arnold (Feb 4th)
Jorge M. Davilla (Feb 4th)
Kristen Roam (Feb 5th)
Mallory Brimer (Feb 5th)
Ashley Brudos (Feb 5th)
Javier Martinez-Ayala (Feb 5th)
Tina Mondragon (Feb 5th)
Bailey Stitt (Feb 5th)
Rene Webster (Feb 5th)
Jesse Wozniak (Feb 5th)
Mark Gaydos (Feb 6th)
AJ Spagnollo (Feb 6th)
Kenny Spagnollo (Feb 6th)
Jay Yanni (Feb 6th)
Jeanette Francis (Feb 7th)
Nicole Heller (Feb 7th)
Vito Iarrusso (Feb 7th)
Bradley Kiesel (Feb 7th)
Allan Kohman (Feb 7th)
Jordan Lande (Feb 7th)
Cheryl Taylor (Feb 7th)
Emma Ford (Feb 8th)
Angelica Gomez (Feb 8th)
Peter Kavasanszki (Feb 8th)
Diane Keally (Feb 8th)
Allan Kohman (Feb 8th)
Nancy Martin (Feb 8th)
Kristi Neal (Feb 8th)
Jimmy Stretch (Feb 8th)
Debbie Davidson (Feb 9th)
Bill Myers (Feb 9th)
Nehemlas Serrano (Feb 9th)
Lafayette Berry (Feb 10th)
James Bufkin (Feb 10th)
Kevin Gierke (Feb 10th)
Ray Miller (Feb 10th)
Corey Robinson (Feb 10th)
Lydia Wroth (Feb 10th)
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 Korrea Lewis. She was our Birthday Wishes winner for December!
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