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
2013 "Steelers Style" Fashion Show: Ben and his mini me...er...his son Benjamin, Jr. strut their stuff on stage. This annual Autumn event is a fundraiser for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center.
"The show started off with a bang, with the University of Pittsburgh dance team and cheerleaders and the Pittsburgh Steeline setting the stage and firing up the crowd. It was then all about the players as they hit the runway, many with their kids, in their jerseys dancing and having fun to their own musical selections. Among the choices were Ben Roethlisberger and his son Ben to “Just the Two of Us,” by Will Smith, Shaun Suisham to his country’s National Anthem “O Canada,” and Bruce Gradkowski and daughter Liliana to the Temptations “My Girl.” -- Steelers.com
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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!
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.
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
Melanie Allen (Sep 12th)
Kayla Curell (Sep 12th)
Sonia Dewar (Sep 12th)
Joe Groller (Sep 12th)
Rhonda Hartman (Sep 12th)
Mark Wheeler (Sep 12th)
Jerome Bloodsaw (Sep 13th)
Blake Caldwell (Sep 13th)
Xavier Chavez (Sep 13th)
Dan Eaton (Sep 13th)
Frantony Lewis (Sep 13th)
Bob Nicolio (Sep 13th)
Jenise Pichini (Sep 13th)
Katie Furches (Sep 14th)
Marissa Galati (Sep 14th)
Fabian Heynen (Sep 14th)
Taylor Klaiber (Sep 14th)
Matt Maransky (Sep 14th)
Benjamin Matthews (Sep 14th)
Zack Popik (Sep 14th)
Stephanie Schierstedt (Sep 14th)
Deanne Shaver (Sep 14th)
Josh Todd (Sep 14th)
Shea Fairman (Sep 15th)
Kevin Frith (Sep 15th)
Paige Holcomb (Sep 15th)
Raekwon Lucero (Sep 15th)
Lauren Matusz (Sep 15th)
Terri Newton (Sep 15th)
Evan Richardson (Sep 15th)
April Seitz (Sep 15th)
Colby Schalek (Sep 15th)
Les Betz (Sep 16th)
James Hefner (Sep 16th)
Christopher Lazration (Sep 16th)
Ashley Pearce (Sep 16th)
Brandy Osborn (Sep 16th)
Samantha Reesar (Sep 16th)
Crystal B. Garcia (Sep 17th)
Alfred Hamer (Sep 17th)
Alice Harrell (Sep 17th)
Anna Karaica (Sep 17th)
Catherine Renfrew (Sep 17th)
Annette Amerando (Sep 18th)
Lisa Burks (Sep 18th)
Zena Farkus (Sep 18th)
Tina Johnson (Sep 18th)
Troy Bowline (Sep 19th)
Erin Coughlin (Sep 19th)
Judi Kirsch (Sep 19th)
Kris Nelson (Sep 19th)
Aubrey Payne (Sep 19th)
Cordell Picerno (Sep 19th)
Barbara Frith (Sep 20th)
Daniel Reed (Sep 20th)
Barb Crigger (Sep 21st)
Althea Dilelio-Watkins (Sep 21st)
Connie Ehrhart (Sep 21st)
Bev Haggerty (Sep 21st)
Dylan Hernandez (Sep 21st)
Josh Holtrop (Sep 21st)
Mike Karaica (Sep 21st)
Rand Rothlisberger (Sep 21st)
Jaci Ullom (Sep 21st)
Hunter Arnold (Sep 22nd)
Lila Chapman (Sep 22nd)
James E. Frazier, Jr. (Sep 22nd)
Delanie Goss (Sep 22nd)
Zandra Lucero (Sep 22nd)
Chris Minton (Sep 22nd)
Elijah Williams (Sep 22nd)
Bradley Basich (Sep 23rd)
Michael Hershey (Sep 23rd)
Donald Lentz, Jr. (Sep 23rd)
William Studniarz (Sep 23rd)
Pam Arnold (Sep 24th)
Shirley Brunet (Sep 24th)
Kip Compton (Sep 24th)
Rpm Colpo, Jr. (Sep 24th)
Andrea Denzien (Sep 24th)
Sheri Hoyer (Sep 24th)
Brittni Krajicek (Sep 24th)
Julie Tokar (Sep 24th)
Christopher Prizgint (Sep 24th)
Martha Trimpe (Sep 24th)
Dylan Bodnar (Sep 25th)
Jenise Gilbert (Sep 25th)
Brendan Horn (Sep 25th)
Drew Krajicek (Sep 25th)
Maureen Thomas (Sep 25th)
Kevin Carter (Sep 26th)
Joni Jenkins (Sep 26th)
Sharon Kahle (Sep 26th)
Rylee Parker (Sep 26th)
Nicolas Pol (Sep 26th)
Toni Marie Risch (Sep 26th)
Travis Waulk (Sep 26th)
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 Brian Ruck He was our Birthday Wishes winner for August!
You can see photos of the Birthday Wishes winners here.
Thank you to ALL of our sponsors for the 2014 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