“I want to thank Ben and Ashley for their support of Miami Athletics. This gift continues our vision to make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and that includes winning MAC Championships. I am thankful that both Ben and Ashley share in that same vision.” — Miami Athletics Director David Sayler.
In October of last year, Ben and Ashley agreed to donate $1 million towards the Indoor Sports Center at Miami University.
The Indoor Sports Center, which is almost complete, features a full-length 120-yard playing surface that will be called “Ben Roethlisberger Field.” According to the Miami Redhawks site, the new facility “will positively impact all 19 of Miami’s sports programs and allow teams to train year-round”.
“This gift is a huge thank you to everything, on and off the field, that Miami University provided me. Attending Miami was one of the best decisions of my life and I am happy to play a small part in helping to rebuild this football program.” — Ben.
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In his time at Miami, Roethlisberger completed 854-of-1,304 pass attempts for 10,829 yards and 84 touchdowns from 2001-03. His junior campaign was one for the ages, throwing for 4,486 yards and 37 touchdowns, leading Miami to 12-consecutive wins, including a Mid-American Conference Championship and GMAC Bowl victory. That season alone, he captured third-team All-America honors and was just the third player in Miami history to garner the Vern Smith Award as the Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Player.
Roethlisberger to this day still ranks first in Miami history in completion percentage (.655) and touchdowns, and is second in pass attempts, completions, yards and total offense (11,075).
Take the tour of Ben Roethlisberger Field, with Kyle Kron (@kylekronMiami):
*Photo courtesy of Taylor Housewright (@Coach_House_MU)