17-year old Steelers fan Jesse Stemen got the surprise of his life when he attended the Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon & Ceremony for his cousin last Saturday:
My second cousin, Denise Stemen, and Ben’s dad Ken were being inducted into the Elida Hall of Fame last Saturday. I actually didn’t realize that Ben’s dad was being inducted, only that my cousin was. When we got to the luncheon, and I saw that Ken Roethlisberger was being inducted too, I was like, “Wow! That’d be so cool if Ben came to this!”
I’ve been a huge Steelers fan since I was born, so is most of my family.
My grandpa, Dave Stemen, and I were standing by the door, and all of a sudden Ben walked in. I was so shocked because I mean, come on, it’s Big Ben!!
Everyone sat down to eat with their own families but all in the same room – and I was still in shock! My family told me to go up and talk to him but I didn’t want to because I figured he gets enough of that and he was there for his dad.
After lunch while we were all talking around our table, I didn’t realize my grandpa had gotten up and left. I heard him calling out to me and I turned and saw that he was talking to Ben. I was nervous! I went over to them and Ben reached out and shook my hand. We took a couple of pictures together and then I asked him, “Hey can I take a snapchat picture of us?” and Ben goes, “Sure! Why not!”
My grandpa, who is the Cleveland Browns fan in the family, was talking and joking around with him. My grandpa told him, “Hate to tell you Ben, but I’m a big Brownie fan!” Ben laughed and told him that was “okay”. My grandpa then said, “But my son (my dad, Bill) and my grandson (me) are HUGE Steelers fans!” Ben told him, “They are good people!”.
After the induction ceremony I had to leave for work, and ended up leaving my bag behind, which had a Steelers logo on it. While I was at work, I got a text from my grandpa that had a photo of him holding up my Steelers bag with Ben’s autograph on it. It was the best.
I sent the snapchat photo to my friends and they were going crazy! Four or five of them took screen shots of the photo and told me how lucky I was and how jealous they were! Other friends were tweeting me telling me how jealous they were too!
Overall, just for the few minutes I did talk to him, he was a really nice, funny, joking guy and he made my day! Thanks again Ben! — Jesse Stemen
*Jesse, thank YOU for sharing your story!
You can see photos and a video from Ken Roethlisberger’s HOF Induction here, and read about Ken here.
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Photo: Peter Diana, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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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.
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