“Family is super important to me. We’re really excited. We can’t wait for that day to come.” — Ben, from the interview below.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Gary Dulac today:

Ben Roethlisberger said he can’t wait to be a father, and he is hoping to be just like the one who raised him.

Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their first child, a boy, though the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback did not divulge the due date.

“My dad is my role model, always has been,” he said, referring to his father, Ken. “I always wanted to be man-father-son, everything that he is.”

You can read the rest here.

And more from his interview at WTAE:

Roethlisberger said he hopes to celebrate another Super Bowl victory with his growing family.

“If you talk to any player, the ultimate goal is try to have your son or daughter or both at the Super Bowl, so that’s going to be my goal now to get a Super Bowl because I don’t think there’s anything better than having your family on the field with you when you’re holding that trophy and the confetti’s falling,” he said.

You can read the rest here.

Also Today:

Ben’s thoughts on the first day of mini camp can be found here.