One of the things that I want to tell guys and tell people out there is that I could be a really good athlete and a Christian. It’s not one or the other. You can do both. I want that to be known, especially to all you young men out there. It’s cool to be a Christian and be an athlete. Go ahead and be the best athlete you can possibly be, and see if you can be a better Christian. — Ben.
From John Ackerman at SportsSpectrum.com:
Roethlisberger’s comments over the weekend came during the ManUp Pittsburgh conference. Each year, Urban Impact teams up with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to present ManUp Pittsburgh to nearly 1,500 men from the Pittsburgh tri-state area (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia). “ManUp encourages and teaches men to be godly leaders for their families, and raises awareness of the devastating impact of fatherlessness among youth today,” says the event’s website. Due to COVID-19, the event was free and online. Roethlisberger was featured along with Tomlin, former MLB manager Clint Hurdle and Pastor Ed Glover.
Roethlisberger was interviewed by former Steelers player Tunch Ilkin, who’s now an analyst for the Steelers radio and TV broadcasts. After asking Roethlisberger about his recovery and the unusual offseason, Ilkin asked the QB about his faith. (You can register to watch entire video here; Roethlisberger’s portion starts at 38:40 mark.)
“Three years ago I got baptized,” Roethlisberger said. “I was baptized as a kid, my parents took me as a baby. But I didn’t make that decision. So three years ago now I made the decision to be baptized because I felt like I needed to do that. I wanted to have a closer walk, a better relationship with Jesus, with my wife, with my kids, with my family — become a better person. So I think the person that brought me to Him was Jesus. Jesus is the One who brought me back to Him, and I’m so thankful for it because I feel I’m a better Christian, a better husband and a better father today because of His forgiveness of me.”
Roethlisberger said he grew up going to church with wonderful Christian parents, and he gave his life to Christ in middle school. He says he didn’t stop believing in God […]
ManUp encourages and teaches men to be godly leaders for their families, and raise awareness of the devastating impact of fatherlessness among youth today.
*Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Urban Impact will present a condensed online program, featuring Big Ben, Mike Tomlin, Clint Hurdle, and Ed Glover.
You can register here.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gets a Father’s Day hug from his daughter, Baylee, 4, during his Pro Camp at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/qiDQHPAg6X
— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) June 17, 2018
“To me this is what it’s about. I have an unbelievable platform to share so many things, whether it’s about life, faith, family, football. To be able to come out here and teach football, sportsmanship, fun, that is what it’s all about. I just want people to understand you can have fun and be safe if you are taught the right way. That is what we are doing.” — Ben.
— Eileen Mess (@Eimess76) June 17, 2018
@_BigBen7 @ProCamps @SunnyDelight what a way to spend Father’s Day. Watching you child do what they love. Thanks for the memories!
Kendall Hicks II @TeamHicks37
It was a dream for some of these kids to get a pass from Ben!
Our first time at Ben camp! Kids loving it! @SunnyDelight @_BigBen7 and @ProCamps
Ben Rothlisberger’s camp is amazing. The kids are really enjoying it. @SunnyDelight
@_BigBen7 and @ProCamps
@_BigBen7 @ProCamps @SunnyDelight we’ll be back every year. Ian Bennett loves this camp.
@_BigBen7 @SunnyDelight @ProCamps Happy Father’s Day! Best Father’s Day ever watching my son havin a blast on the field with Ben and all the kids!
“You are the best […]
James Conner, interviewed on NFL Live earlier today, was asked if Ben has what it takes to lead the Steelers to another Super Bowl:
“No question about it. … he’s a winner and he wants another one bad before or whenever he decides to hang it up. I hope it’s not for a while. He wants another one, and I want to be able to get one too.”
“He’s confident. He worked so hard to get back to where he was playing confident. We’re excited for him. That’s our leader, that’s our guy. Just so thankful that we got our quarterback back.”
Are YOU ready Steelers Nation?
And they have done it without a lot of fanfare, without attention and cameras capturing every moment, even though they deserve accolades for the work they do.
It’s not what they look for, but on Friday night, it’s what they finally received.
“They have been amazing,” said Nicole Molinaro, President and CEO of the WC&S. “There are wives who have been with us for a while. There are wives who the players have left the game, or the team and they still reach out and help us. There are new ones that come in. They have been so consistent. They do so many programs and events for our wives and kids and they are always the highlights for our residents. Throughout the year they do wonderful activities and gestures for the women and kids. They are incredible partners.
“What we love the most is not that they do these events and provide meals, but they really talk to the women and kids. You look at the group of people when they are there, and it looks like it’s old friends talking to old friends. They get right in with our residents, talk and get to know them, and give them the hope they need. The people at our shelter get encouraged when they see outside people supporting them. It really means a lot to them. To have the partners of the Steelers, who everyone loves and cheers on, to have them come in and show them they are special is incredible. Their work is so meaningful.”