7-year old Cooper and his big brother, 11-year old Brett had the opportunity to meet Ben in Norman, Oklahoma on Sunday, February 27th.
According to the boys’ grandmother, Cheryl Kent, Cooper is a “huge” Ben fan as well as a big Steelers fan and has been since he was 3-years old. “He knows everything there is to know about Ben,” said Cheryl. “He can even give you details about the Super Bowl when they beat Arizona, he was 5 at the time.”
Cooper wears his Big Ben jersey and carries his football to every OU Women’s Basketball game in hopes that he will see Ben! Cheryl said that on Sunday “luck was on our side, he was there!”
Cheryl snapped a photo of her grandsons with Ben after the game.
“Ben was so kind to autograph Cooper’s football and meet the boys after the game! His small act of kindness made a little fan the happiest little boy in the world. I am so impressed at how nice Ben was and how he went out of his way for these two little boys.”
*Thank you so much to Cheryl for sharing the photo and the story!
You can see a larger version of the photo in the Lil Fans album here. There is also another photo of Cool Cooper in the same album!
Speaking of Lil’ Fans….
“I just can’t say enough how great Ben was with the kids. We had Heath Miller, Brett Keisel & Chris Hoke come and work with the kids and they were great, too. However, when Ben showed up, it was absolutely electric!!” – Anita Doddroe, whose son attended the Camp in 2010.
Join Ben this summer for some football instruction and fun at his Football Camp for kids, sponsored by ProCamps Worldwide!
The Camp is open to boys and girls, ages 7-14.
Campers will participate in daily games, stations, and skill contests. Each camper will be placed on a team according to his or her age group.
Each day, the campers will experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills of football. Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum instruction from the top football coaches in the Pittsburgh area.
Ben will give daily talks highlighting the finer points of the game of football and beyond. Parents and guests will be able to listen to camp guests in designated areas at each location.
Dates: June 20-21, 2011
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm each day
Place: Mars Area High School, Mars, Pennsylvania
Each camper will receive –
• Camp T-Shirt
• Autographed Camp team photo with Ben
• 7 Hours of expert instruction
• Opportunity to win contests and prizes
A fun and educational experience is guaranteed!
You can register your youngster here.
There is also info on how to purchase a personalized gift certificate to attend – a perfect birthday gift!
Also, to learn how your youth football team can attend, click here.
You can see more photos, like the one above by fan Anita Doddroe, here (second row).
On NFL Network this weekend:
Friday, March 4th @ 6:00 p.m. – Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals (2/1/09) – With Bruce Springsteen’s Halftime performance – Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers to a dramatic come-from-behind victory in a wild back-and-forth game that set 12 Super Bowl records; Pittsburgh secured its record 6th Super Bowl with the win.
Saturday, March 5th @ 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 6th @ 1:30 p.m. – America’s Game: 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers – Re-live the story of the 2008 Steelers through the eyes of Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu. Narrated by Jon Hamm.
You can check out their full schedule here.