I know, I know, he looks more like #99 than #7, but there’s a good reason for Big Ben’s Big Beard:

During Sunday’s game, Michelle Tafoya reported from the sideline that Ben informed her that the beard stays (and will continue to grow) until he is able to start throwing a football again – after undergoing season-ending surgery in September.

Bottom line: Clean-shaven Ben is a very good sign for Steelers Nation!

*Thank you to Ed Thompson for that great action photo!!