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
"Okay Dad, I understand. But NEXT year I want to play football with the big kids!!" -- Benjamin, Jr.
YOU can be one of the "big kids" this year! Just have mom & dad stop by ProCamps website and sign you up for The Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp this coming June!
Photo: Camp mom Anita Doddroe
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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).
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
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
Jackie Gregory (May 18th)
Susan LaRue (May 18th)
Mary Leblanc (May 18th)
Ivan Marin (May 18th)
Camryn Marshall (May 18th)
Marisa Marsico (May 18th)
Abigail Martin (May 18th)
Johnny Rodriguez (May 18th)
Karthy Carr (May 19th)
Danny Frank, Jr. (May 19th)
Karen McKenna-Cavanaugh (May 19th)
Chris Tazman-Hodge (May 19th)
Alexandra Wiegand (May 19th)
Reagan Dobbs (May 20th)
Haley Leach (May 20th)
Mandie Lurz (May 20th)
Jeremy Reuter (May 20th)
Michelle Taynor (May 20th)
Jermaina Bennett (May 21st)
Dyson Bowers (May 21st)
Amy Dewar (May 21st)
Christian Graulau (May 21st)
Brad Gray (May 21st)
Ermuun Altankhuyag (May 22nd)
Jonathan Caldwell (May 22nd)
Brandon Castronovo (May 22nd)
Tiffany Dodson (May 22nd)
Nicole Heck (May 22nd)
Pudge Kruegar (May 22nd)
Rene Neal (May 22nd)
Jen Wernicki (May 22nd)
Briana Behling (May 23rd)
Tanner Coughlin (May 23rd)
Ron Hoss (May 23rd)
Justin Hunt (May 23rd)
Wendy Mecca (May 23rd)
Patrick Mullen (May 23rd)
Alan Parker (May 23rd)
Zoe Dodds (May 24th)
Kevin Kadakia (May 24th)
Susan Kurucz (May 24th)
Tashia Carlton (May 25th)
Ryan Coleman (May 25th)
Tangie Headley (May 25th)
Hunter Leacy (May 25th)
Jason Schreiner (May 25th)
John "Jack" Stockton (May 25th)
Phil Tull (May 25th)
Pedro Vasquez (May 25th)
Michael J. Boggs (May 26th)
Ashlei Garcia (May 26th)
Carolyn Hribal (May 26th)
Lindsey Keagy (May 26th)
Mary Kimmel (May 26th)
Ashley Modafferi (May 26th)
Theresa Modafferi (May 26th)
Logan Mazur (May 26th)
Matthew Pyrdeck, Jr. (May 26th)
Charlene A. Aguilar-Cardma (May 27th)
Aaron Brunner (May 27th)
Tim Combs (May 27th)
Hunter Darone (May 27th)
Nick Kati (May 27th)
Adriana Price (May 27th)
Kim Zubaty (May 27th)
Ami Brown (May 28th)
Barbara Collins (May 28th)
Pat Stetz (May 28th)
Megan Eaton (May 29th)
Chris Grosclaude (May 29th)
Angel Hollis (May 29th)
Frank Kimmel (May 29th)
Kirby Martin (May 29th)
Lindsey Miklinski (May 29th)
Stephen Palencik (May 29th)
Jill Platt (May 29th)
Nathaniel Harper (May 30th)
Ashlynn Payne (May 30th)
Dorothy Lotz (May 31st)
Erin Sherman (May 31st)
Jarrett Sirk (May 31st)
Enrique Gomez (Jun 1st)
Nicholas Prindle (Jun 1st)
Melanie Stetz (Jun 1st)
June Williams (Jun 1st)
Michael Baran (Jun 2nd)
Toni Carbaugh-Loveland (Jun 2nd)
Brianna Hart (Jun 2nd)
Rachel Park (Jun 2nd)
Cindy Pinon (Jun 2nd)
Raul Pinon (Jun 2nd)
Jordan Schneider (Jun 2nd)
Tyra Schneider (Jun 2nd)
Marla L. Adam (Jun 3rd)
Kelsey Bittel (Jun 3rd)
Brendan Keil (Jun 3rd)
Sean Lagunday (Jun 3rd)
Shawn McLeish (Jun 3rd)
Peter Seltzer (Jun 3rd)
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 Wyatt Sheehan. He was our Birthday Wishes winner for April!
You can see photos of some of our Birthday Wishes winners 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