*Update: We have a winner!
On October 13, 2007…
Ben was honored with the retirement of his college jersey during a pre-game ceremony on the field at Yager Stadium at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
He became just the third RedHawks player to have his jersey number retired and the first in 34 years.
Ben led Miami to a Mid-American Conference championship and a No. 10 final ranking during his junior season. Twice that season he led Miami to wins over Bowling Green State University, including a 49-27 win in the MAC Championship.
Ben earned Third-Team All-America honors during his record-breaking junior season and became just the third Miami player to capture the Vern Smith Award as the Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Player.
Also joining Ben on the field for the ceremony were his parents, and the family of his beloved coach, Terry Hoeppner, who had passed away the previous June. During a half-time ceremony, the Hoeppner family was presented with a special plaque in honor of the coach’s memory, which now hangs in Yager Stadium.
To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the retirement of Ben’s Redhawks jersey, we are having a contest….
The 34th emailer with the correct answers will win an autographed 8×10 photo of Ben from his college days (photo at left) and a sealed DVD of the Redhawks Championship Season, “Rewriting the Book – A Tribute to a Storybook Season”!
The questions – just fill in the blanks:
1. Ben is just the third quarterback in MAC history to pass for _____ yards in __ seasons.
2. Ben broke the _____-yard plateau for his career, making him just the ___ player in NCAA history and just the fifth MAC quarterback to accomplish the feat.
3. In 2003, Ben passed for ______ yards and ___ touchdowns, an all new school single-season record.
4. In his college career, Ben passed for ____ total yards and ___ touchdown passes.
Send emails to: [email protected]
Hint: The answers can all be found on the website with just a click on a link or two, or three! Remember, there is more than one page on this site…but you only need one page to find what you’re looking for!
However, before you email, please follow these two rules:
1. Emails for the contest WILL NOT be accepted until 12 NOON ET and after (this gives fans in different time zones a chance to participate). If you email before that time, your email will be discounted.
2. Please, just one email per email address only (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).
*UPDATE: We have a WINNER!
Congratulations to Shelley Caldwell of Monroe, Louisiana! She was our 34th emailer with all the correct answers:
1. Ben is just the third quarterback in MAC history to pass for 3,000 yards in 3 seasons.
2. Ben broke the 10,000-yard plateau for his career, making him just the 30th player in NCAA history and just the fifth MAC quarterback to accomplish the feat.
3. In 2003, Ben passed for 4,486 yards and 37 touchdowns, an all new school single-season record.
4. In his college career, Ben passed for 10,829 total yards and 84 touchdown passes.
– The answers could all be found by clicking on the Articles page and clicking on links in the 2007 section on the retirement ceremony.
Thank you to everyone who entered and stay tuned…we’ll have a couple more contests this season!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Daddy hugs are always the best hugs!
Photo: Peter Diana, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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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.
The words from Coach Hep's favorite poem, "Don't Quit" were not recited just to motivate his players before a game - they were a way of life for him. Ben keeps a copy of that poem taped to his locker.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Ben on the Cover