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
December 7, 2006: Ben and Heath Miller celebrate the Steelers 27-7 win over the Cleveland Browns in front of a crowd of 55,246 on a Thursday night at Heinz Field.
"Heath is special. To me, he’s one of the best tight ends in the game." -- Ben, from his radio show in October, 2013.
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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!
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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
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.
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
Jayden Champion (Mar 7th)
Sam Locario (Mar 7th)
Danielle London Petek (Mar 7th)
Leviathian Kane (Mar 7th)
Josh Neal (Mar 7th)
Blake Rauch (Mar 7th)
Kathy Belles (Mar 8th)
Elizabeth Coates (Mar 8th)
Samantha Dias (Mar 8th)
William Hollis, Jr. (Mar 8th)
Brian Johannsen (Mar 8th)
Traci Kline (Mar 8th)
Paige Lentz (Mar 8th)
Art Monarrez (Mar 8th)
Brandy Yanni (Mar 8th)
Tawnya Carper (Mar 9th)
Abby Daniels (Mar 9th)
Amy DeSantis (Mar 9th)
Ben Fuchs (Mar 9th)
Bruce Hossler (Mar 9th)
Melissa Levine (Mar 9th)
John St. Laurent (Mar 9th)
Judy Wilson (Mar 9th)
Bobby Antrilli (Mar 10th)
Isabella Castronovo (Mar 10th)
Sam Furches (Mar 10th)
Dominic Gaffney (Mar 10th)
Melissa Johnson (Mar 10th)
Mandy Snyder (Mar 10th)
Bobby Tschappat (Mar 10th)
Mary Ann Vandivort (Mar 10th)
Abby Kirchner (Mar 11th)
Dee Parnis (Mar 11th)
Ben Pschier (Mar 11th)
Hailey J. Smith (Mar 11th)
Keith Waite (Mar 11th)
Devon Wilson (Mar 11th)
Hayden Yowell (Mar 11th)
Allyson Becker (Mar 12th)
Teresa Furman (Mar 12th)
Lucas LaMontagne (Mar 12th)
Steven Myre (Mar 12th)
Joyce Tucker (Mar 12th)
Janet Turner (Mar 12th)
Lucas Uliano (Mar 12th)
Olan Adams (Mar 13th)
Bill Coulter (Mar 13th)
Sarah Cundiff (Mar 13th)
Montgomery Fisher (Mar 13th)
Rob Haseth (Mar 13th)
Arielle Kenney (Mar 13th)
Jacob Mancilla (Mar 13th)
Nina Spasojevic (Mar 13th)
Colton Franklin (Mar 14th)
Tito Medina (Mar 14th)
Jovan Ortiz (Mar 14th)
Linda Rieger (Mar 14th)
Zander Sechrist (Mar 14th)
Daylon Woodward (Mar 14th)
Sami Henigin (Mar 15th)
Keone Pacheco (Mar 15th)
Gage Perkins (Mar 15th)
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 Dustin Carter! He was our Birthday Wishes winner for February!
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