Follow-up comments and a correction on the playing surface in Buffalo:
In my post-game interview on Saturday, when asked about the knee injury David DeCastro suffered, I mistakenly referred to the artificial grass in Buffalo as FieldTurf. My intention was only to say I believe real grass is the safest surface for football, and allows some knee injuries to be avoided. I was really bothered by David’s injury in that moment, and can only wish him the best now in his recovery.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Steelers Training Camp, 2014 - Great photograph from Peter Diana at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
You can see more photos from camp here!
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Ben has NO personal social networking pages or accounts...
He does NOT have a personal Twitter account, a Facebook page, nor a Myspace page.
If you come across one, it's a fake!
But you can follow his website's Twitter feed and Facebook page to stay updated!
2014 Steelers Training Camp Schedule
7/31 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/1 - 7pm - Night Practice at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium
8/2 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/3 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/4 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/5 - Players Day Off
8/6 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/7 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/8 - No Steelers' practice - team travels
8/9 - 1st Preseason Game at Giants (7:30pm KDKA-TV)
8/10 - Players Day Off - no Steelers' practice
8/11 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/12 - 2:55pm - open to public
8/13 - 2:55pm joint practice w/Bills, open to public
8/14 - 5:30pm evening practice at Saint Vincent College w/Bills - open to public
8/15 No Steelers' practice
8/16 Camp Breaks - 2nd Preseason Game vs. Bills (7:30pm KDKA-TV)
8/21 - 3rd Preseason Game at Eagles (7:30pm KDKA-TV)
8/28 - 4th Preseason Game vs. Panthers (7:30pm KDKA-TV)
Congratulations to Ben!
Named the “Steelers 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year”
He is one of 32 NFL team’s “Man of the Year” award winners.
The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
A phone call from Ben???
You bet!! Now you can send a personalized phone call (or E-Card) from Ben to a family member or friend for a special occasion!
Click on the image above for more info!
Ben, The Steelers, and Make-A-Wish in 2013
November 15th: Steelers make a wish come
November 6th: An 8-year old Make-A-Wish Hero
November 1st: Big Ben donates to Make-A-Wish
September 22nd: Making a wish come true and then some
July 25th: A great day on the course for a very good cause
July 9th: The 2nd Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
June 2nd: Roethlisberger makes impact off the field
April 14th: A Make-A-Wish day to remember
The Ben Roethlisberger FoundationCheck out the Foundation page!
Click on the image below for information on The Giving Back Fund:
If you would like to donate to Ben's Foundation:
Happy Birthday Wishes To
Doug Brown (Aug 1st)
Julie Hapeman (Aug 1st)
Rebecca Hapeman (Aug 1st)
Matt Huss (Aug 1st)
Jordyn Martinez (Aug 1st)
Cade May (Aug 1st)
Paul Mominee (Aug 1st)
Jonathan Perez (Aug 1st)
Amada Riddle (Aug 1st)
Christopher Hines Watkins (Aug 1st)
Justin Baker (Aug 2nd)
Skylar Garcia (Aug 2nd)
Joe Kimmel (Aug 2nd)
Nanette Marcotte (Aug 2nd)
Wendy Mecca (Aug 2nd)
Donna Snyder (Aug 2nd)
Tarryn Stevens (Aug 2nd)
Christian Bober (Aug 3rd)
Ashley Cox (Aug 3rd)
Emma Crowe (Aug 3rd)
Renee Gray (Aug 3rd)
Laura Leigh McGuirk (Aug 3rd)
Jerry Neal (Aug 3rd)
Kellie Presogna (Aug 3rd)
Mark Semple (Aug 3rd)
Kevin Vaupel (Aug 3rd)
Richard A. Cox (Aug 4th)
George Hall (Aug 4th)
Nicole Headlee (Aug 4th)
Zachary Tuskowski (Aug 4th)
Misty Villanueva (Aug 4th)
Jena Cormas (Aug 5th)
Alyssa Hertges (Aug 5th)
Amy Nelson (Aug 5th)
Erica N. Price (Aug 5th)
Daniel Schra (Aug 5th)
Maddison Stamcoff (Aug 5th)
Jennifer StandingArrow (Aug 5th)
Ron Bailey (Aug 6th)
Skylar Evans (Aug 6th)
Laura Ferrato (Aug 6th)
Lisa Lee (Aug 6th)
Antuane Lucero (Aug 6th)
Gary Redmond (Aug 6th)
Kristin J. St. Laurent (Aug 6th)
Kim Stone (Aug 6th)
Trish Tierney (Aug 6th)
Abby Barnett (Aug 7th)
Chris Conley (Aug 7th)
Morgan Jungling (Aug 7th)
Cade Sanchez (Aug 7th)
Scott Clendenin, Sr. (Aug 8th)
Susanne Collins (Aug 8th)
Lisa Connors (Aug 8th)
Karen Linder (Aug 8th)
Heather Partner (Aug 8th)
Laura Passage (Aug 8th)
Shawnda Teets (Aug 8th)
Matthew Theodore (Aug 8th)
Michelle Edwards (Aug 9th)
Charles Gierke (Aug 9th)
Deven Hamilton (Aug 9th)
Robert Koenig (Aug 9th)
Krista Mondragon (Aug 9th)
Carla Rhodes (Aug 9th)
Luke Wellman (Aug 9th)
Jordan Affholter (Aug 10th)
Bryce Bishop (Aug 10th)
Daniella Castro (Aug 10th)
Maria Gropp (Aug 10th)
Sharon Hill (Aug 10th)
Quanterious Jackson (Aug 10th)
Robert Lindsay (Aug 10th)
Mark Signon (Aug 10th)
Rebecca Casne (Aug 11th)
Mario Marulli (Aug 11th)
Tomasina Norman (Aug 11th)
Melody Smith (Aug 11th)
Nadia Bowker (Aug 12th)
Marah Hernandez (Aug 12th)
Tim Kirsch (Aug 12th)
Erin Ritter (Aug 12th)
Don Sippel (Aug 12th)
TyShaye Smith (Aug 12th)
Dwayne Burfield (Aug 13th)
Levi Hensley (Aug 13th)
Braden Neal (Aug 13th)
Sam Terranova (Aug 13th)
Holly Tetzloff (Aug 13th)
Karen Gimper (Aug 14th)
Debbie Graham (Aug 14th)
Steve Kahle (Aug 14th)
Alicia Kirksey (Aug 14th)
Cam Lusk (Aug 14th)
Meredith Nelson (Aug 14th)
Susan Oglietti (Aug 14th)
Natalie Brown (Aug 15th)
Justin Hancock (Aug 15th)
Selena Montejo (Aug 15th)
Would you like BigBen7 to post a birthday wish for you or someone else? Just email me with the name, and the birth month and day! Birthdays are posted on Fridays for the coming week.
NOTE: Birthday greeting requests must be sent before the birthday month starts and prior to the posting of the new week's list. Otherwise, they will be put on the calendar for the next year.
All fans on the Birthday Wishes list are eligible to win one of Ben's game-used autographed cleats, courtesy of Ben himself!
(Garrett Cagle was Ben's February, 2011 winner)
A birthday winner's name will be drawn and notified at the end of each month in which their birthday was recognized.
*Congratulations to Pastor Jeffrey Rice He was our Birthday Wishes winner for June!
You can see photos of the Birthday Wishes winners here.
Thank you to ALL of our sponsors for the 2014 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser & Invitational Golf Tournament
You can get info about both events here.
Ronald McDonald House Charities - Pittsburgh Area
For more information and to donate, click on the image link below:
Big Ben's BBQ SauceGo with what the Pro's use:
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.
Book - The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan
Written By: Bruce A. Tollner, Rep 1 Sports Foreword by: Stephen R. Covey, #1 Bestselling Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
Ben on the book: "As a quarterback, I have played on some championship teams—and I have experienced some painful losses. Regardless of the outcome of any one game, my dad has been there to cheer me on. Whether I throw a winning touchdown pass or an interception, I know my dad is there to say, 'Good job, Son, I am proud of you!' My parents have had a major influence on the way I live life, as well as the way I play football. Because of their influence, and that of my coaches and others, I am blessed to be able to live out a childhood dream to play professional football. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan can help you to help your child live out their childhood dreams. Read this book, and put together a winning game plan for your child."—Ben Roethlisberger, two-time Super Bowl Champion Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
To order your copy, just click on the image link above!
Book - Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion, and Perseverance
Written By: Chuck Pagano with Bruce A. Tollner, Rep 1 Sports Foreword by: Tony Dungy
Ben on the Cover