The Ben Roethlisberger Show

November 13th, 2018 by

Recap provided by 93.7 The Fan:

111318The past two week Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has worn “Stronger Than Hate” cleats to honor the 11 lives lost during the Tree of Life synagogue shooting on October 27.

In Baltimore, Roethlisberger wore white cleats that said “Stronger Than Hate” on them and last week against Carolina at home, Roethlisberger wore a black pair that had the 11 victims’ names on black cleats.

Jennifer Halle, an employee at the Fan’s brother station KDKA Radio, lost her uncle during the shooting. Halle was so touched by Roethlisberger’s gesture she wrote a hand-written note to thank Roethlisberger for honoring her uncle and the 10 other lives lost.

“That’s touching. That means a lot. Obviously I’m so sorry for her loss as well. So is everybody who lost somebody that they knew or loved those weeks ago . . . in Baltimore I just wore the kind of plain white with the “Stronger Than Hate” logo on it. That’s the first game since the incident, obviously the first game was the next day,” said Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger said during his weekly show on The Fan, it was a way to honor, remember and think about the victims.

“Carolina was our first home game since we had some time to reflect and everything. I had some shoes made. They had the ‘Stronger Than Hate’ logo on the back and then had all the victims’ names on the toe. Really it was just a way for me to really honor those people and their families. You know, so many times it’s easy for people that weren’t directly affected, you know someone like me or somebody that didn’t have an immediate family member or whatever, to just kind of move on. And it’s not easy for other people that did lose somebody to just move on. And so I’ve always said how proud I was of all the guys on our team that we’ve been able to give the fans, give those people maybe three hours of a break. Not to forget, but just to kind of take their mind off it for a little while. And we’ve been able to do that the last few weeks.”



Roethlisberger adds he and some others went to dinner Monday with former Steelers community relations manager Michele Rosenthal, who lost her brother’s Cecil and David Rosenthal during the shooting.

“We went to dinner with her and her parents and Brett and Sarah Keisel and her parents were on their way out of town and so I gave those shoes to her mom as a token of our love and thoughts and supports…it’s just a way that we say that we’re never going to forget.”



You can read more & listen to his full show here.


And last night….

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Ben poses with Charlie Batch, host of the Best of the Batch Foundation’s 12th annual “In the Pocket” event.

You may be asking, “Has Charlie changed his look?”.

Only for the event! The theme of ‘Throwin it Back to the 90s,’ featured Charlie as The Fresh Prince. He was joined by both current and former Steelers players who took on fans in an array of games, all for a great cause!


You can read more here.


Ben’s Veterans Day Salute

November 11th, 2018 by

….is to Marine Corps veteran and Steelers fan Greg Yakubik (afterall, it IS the same weekend as the Marine Corps Birthday!):


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“I joined the United States Marine Corps on November 7th, 1999 and was sent to Parris Island, South Carolina for basic training. After graduating from basic, I did infantry training in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After my training, I was sent to Camp Pendleton, California for my permanent duty station where I spent 4 years. My unit was sent to Australia to do training with Australian forces, then on to Etajima Island Sasebo, Japan; Nagasaki and Okinawa, Japan. In 2003, my unit was sent into Iraq. We were the first unit to cross the border into Baghdad, which was on St Patrick’s Day. My unit took down Baghdad on April 11th.”


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I loved being a Marine & fighting for my country! When I left the Corps, I started working in the Emergency Room at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I guess protecting others is just a part of who I am, which is why I went on to college for Criminal Justice. I am now a Senior Safety Officer for UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute.


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I grew up in the Pittsburgh area (and will always live here) and have been a Steelers fan all my life! I was lucky to marry a girl that loves Steelers football just as much as I do, and we never miss a game. We are huge Ben fans in this house since he came into the league. I really enjoy watching him play every game day. I also love the work his foundation does for the police around the country. I have a lot of friends that are cops in the Pittsburgh area, so this really means a great deal to me. My wife and I have tried to do our part for Ben and his foundation over the years – we’ve volunteered at the kids’ camps he holds every summer, and also at his charity golf tournaments. We have even attended his charity events as guests. I’m proud to be a Marine, a Pittsburgh native, and a life-long Steelers fan!” — Greg Yakubik.



Greg, we are honored to tell your story! Thank you for your service not only in the Corps & around the world, but at home in Pittsburgh as well!

Thank you to ALL of our veterans!! We are truly a blessed Nation to have you keeping us safe! God Bless America!



Week 10: Steelers 52, Panthers 21

November 9th, 2018 by

“We have a lot of weapons and the offensive line protects well. I can’t say enough about how well they played. It’s a really good defense and they protected me tonight. It’s a good team win against a really good team.” — Ben. More from Ben’s post-game interview here.



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“Ben is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week!”

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

Winning in the NFL doesn’t require perfect play from the quarterback, but if a team gets perfect play from its quarterback, things certainly are a whole lot easier. Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field, the Steelers got perfect play from their quarterback, and that got them off on the right foot for what turned into a 52-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-25 (88 percent) for 328 yards, with five touchdowns, no interceptions, and a perfect 158.3 rating. Roethlisberger also ran three times for 27 yards, and for all of that he is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.


You can read more from Mr. Labriola here.

You can see more great game photos from Mr. Karl Roser here.



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“Ben Roethlisberger has Steelers playing like team possessed”

From Jeremy Fowler, ESPN.com:

The liveliest party of the year just took place in Heinz Field, where they danced so hard in the end zone that they ran out of touchdown celebrations, and that’s when they weren’t throwing Cam Newton to the turf.

The Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t lying when they said they were just getting started.

The 52-21 pounding of the Panthers on Thursday tied for the most points allowed in Carolina history and showed that the Steelers look ready to make their own history. Carolina last gave up 52 points on Christmas Eve in 2000 against the Oakland Raiders.

If Ben Roethlisberger can continue to deliver masterpieces like this against a good defense, the Steelers — winners of five straight — might have their best chance at a Super Bowl since the early Mike Tomlin years.

Roethlisberger finished 22-of-25 passing for 328 yards, five touchdowns and a perfect passer rating of 158.3, the third such game of his career. He hit every throw, as if tossing into a big net. The Steelers worked the no-huddle offense, Roethlisberger’s specialty, on a short week, and the usually stout Panthers looked uneasy throughout.

Turns out this offense hadn’t unlocked everything it had this season. The Steelers had connected on three deep balls all season but hit two Thursday, a 75-yard touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster and a 53-yard score for Antonio Brown, who made rookie corner Donte Jackson look silly in press coverage.

After the Panthers marched 75 yards for the opening score, the Steelers flipped the game in 13 seconds with the Smith-Schuster touchdown on their first play from scrimmage and Vince Williams’ interception for a touchdown off an ill-advised Newton throw out of the end zone. The Smith-Schuster score was the franchise’s longest-ever first play from scrimmage.

When Roethlisberger left the game with 14 minutes, 55 seconds in the fourth quarter, the Steelers had scored points on all seven of their drives that didn’t end in a clock run-out at halftime.


You can read more from Mr. Fowler here.



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“Steelers blow out the Panthers at Heinz Field, 52-21”

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Steelers might have to petition the NFL to let them play more often on Thursday night. They turned a short week into their biggest win of the season, 52-21 over the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field.

The Steelers fifth straight victory was by far their most impressive of a season in which they zipped from the bottom of the AFC North Division at 1-2-1 to the top at 6-2-1.

Seven different Steelers scored touchdowns and Chris Boswell hit on his only field goal try, from 50 yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, Vance McDonald, Jesse James and rookie Jaylen Samuels.

Linebacker Vince Williams also returned an interception for a touchdown and James Conner ran for his 10th touchdown, 11th overall this season. Conner left the game in the second half to be evaluated for a concussion. He had his four-game streak of 100 yards rushing snapped, mainly because Mike Tomlin subbed in his backups at halfback on a short week. Conner ran 13 times for 65 yards.


You can read more from Mr. Bouchette here.


Have a great weekend Steeler Nation!


#StrongerThanHate

November 8th, 2018 by

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For tonight’s game: In honor and remembrance of the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. We will never forget! Love is Stronger Than Hate! — Ben.



Wednesday’s…er…Tuesday’s Chat with the Media

November 6th, 2018 by

“I don’t need to give him advice. He’s Superman.” — Ben’s response when asked (?) what advice he would give Cam Newton in prolonging his career.



Recapped by Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

110618The Steelers went back to work on Tuesday, a short week to prepare for Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field.

And to add to the difficulty of preparing on a short week, the team is coming off a physical game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

“That is probably the toughest part, is the physicality of the game before. Playing Baltimore,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “Everyone knows that is going to be one of the most physical games of the year. We have a couple of days to get ready for another physical team.”

And the best way to prepare, allow your body to recover as much as possible.

“Rest,” said Roethlisberger. “Just try to do what you can to get as healthy as you can.”

Another issue the short week presents is game-planning. Normally there are three full days and the Saturday walk-through to go over everything. This week, it’s two days.

“We’ll be able to throw some new stuff, some new things in there, but not like a typical work week or game plan week where you have a lot of things,” said Roethlisberger. “We’ll have to rely on the no-huddle and some things we have done over the weeks and years.”

Roethlisberger loves to run the no-huddle, something the offense has done with a lot of success, including last week against the Ravens. And it can be the perfect solution for this week because it’s something they have a comfort level with.

“The familiarity of it,” said Roethlisberger. “We have been doing no-huddle stuff and those plays for a long time. Not throwing something new, just the understanding of it. We have been doing it for a while. We know it pretty well. We did it last week in Baltimore well. Just being able to pick up the pace and the tempo and the familiarity of it.”


You can read more & watch Ben’s interview here.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

November 5th, 2018 by

Okay, so it’s only Monday morning, but with the short week (another game on Thursday), Ben’s show was pushed up a day:

110518Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he is thankful the hit he took Sunday in Baltimore wasn’t more serious, but that he is definitely feeling it Monday.

During the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show Monday Morning, Ben talked about the hit he took that knocked the wind out of him in the fourth quarter Sunday that gave Steelers quite the scare.

During his longest run of the day, Roethlisberger took a hard hit from Ravens outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith.

“I didn’t know he was right behind me and I was heading to that sideline, I saw that first down marker and I was trying to get there. Boy, when you don’t see it coming, it hurts a lot worse,” said Roethlisberger.

When asked about what went through his head as he was lying on the field Roethlisberger said,

“You feel a very big person coming down on top of you and when you hit the ground, instantly you just kind of feel pain, you feel shortness of breath, you feel a little bit of everything, I’ll be honest, but pain mostly. Then as I’m lying there…I had to stay in the fetal position because I couldn’t even straighten my legs because I couldn’t breathe. You just hear the doctors and you hear everybody ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?’ And you want to answer them but you really can’t.”

He then described going through a “check list” of making sure he was okay.

“Okay, shoulder…a little sore, but I think it’s okay. Collarbone…feels okay, [and] then goes the whole check list thing. Once I got on the sideline more, your wind starts coming back to you.”

Roethlisberger added that he was “Lucky and blessed that I did not get more than the wind knocked me. Everything from my collar bone to mid-section is in extreme pain.”

While he was out for a play getting his wind back, backup quarterback Josh Dobbs came in and hit Juju Smith-Schuster for a 22 yard pass to get a first down. It was Dobbs first NFL pass.

“I thought that was awesome. I had no idea what the play was, and I looked and saw him drop back to pass and it peaked my interest. I thought for sure that we were going to run the ball. I see him drop back to pass and I kind of peaked to the outside to look at our receiver running down the field and next thing you know, I see Josh stepping up and delivering a perfect pass to Juju. I was so proud and happy for Josh. Someone asked if I was surprised and I said no because he prepares everyday like a professional like he’s going to go out there and make that play when he gets the opportunity, and he did it.”

Roethlisberger also talked about how special James Conner truly is and how important the solid play of the offensive line is

“Well this is normal I think. We’ve been saying that he’s a special player. I think it’s time that we say maybe some of the success goes to the line too. When you talk about how great Le’Veon is and what James is doing, and I’m sure James would be the first one and Le’Veon too, will tell you that they’re only as good as the line is, and they’re playing really, really good football right now.”

Roethlisberger added how proud of Conner and his play.

“James just keeps doing his job and his job is to run the ball hard, protect and catch the ball. He’s doing all those things at a really high level right now. We’re all really proud of the way he’s playing.”

Has he heard anything about Le’Veon Bell’s status for this week?

All he said was “Nothing.”

When asked about Mike Tomlin’s quote on Bell that they “Need volunteers, not hostages,” Ben laughed and said “That’s the first time I heard that. That’s pretty funny. I wonder where he got that one from.”


You can listen to Ben’s full radio show right here.


Ben is Steelers Digest Player of the Week

November 4th, 2018 by

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

He completed 59.6 percent of his passes and didn’t turn the ball over. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third. And the best play he made was taking a sack that forced the Steelers to punt the ball back to the Ravens with a 23-16 lead and less than one minute left in the game. That’s because throwing the ball away would have stopped the clock, but taking the sack kept it ticking.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 28-of-47 for 270 yards, with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 89.8. He also rushed twice for 4 yards and another touchdown. But more important than those numbers was the way Roethlisberger was in command of the game and made the right decisions at the right time.

He is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.


You can read more here.


Week 9: Steelers 23, Ravens 16

November 4th, 2018 by

“Any AFC North football game is awesome. We came here, their place, hostile environment. A lot of respect for these fans. This is one of the loudest places I have ever played. We came out and we executed. That drive at the start of the second half was huge. A lot of third down conversions against the number one defense in the world. It feels pretty good.” — Ben.



Recap brought to you by Teresa Varley at Steelers.com:

110418The Steelers remain in first place in the AFC North after defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 23-16, in another hard-fought battle between the teams in the series.

The win is the Steelers third consecutive AFC North victory, improving their record to 5-2-1 on the season.

The win didn’t come without a nerve-racking moment when Ben Roethlisberger was tackled by Za’Darius Smith after a scramble and laid on the field for an extended period of time. Roethlisberger missed only one play, though, quickly coming back after it was just the wind getting knocked out of him.

“I am doing all right. I thought I was dead for a second,” said Roethlisberger. “Luckily it was just the wind. That is a big guy landing on you. I had to take a quick breather. I am all right. I feel like a typical Steelers-Ravens postgame, just glad we got the win.

When Roethlisberger went out, Joshua Dobbs came in for one play. And it was a huge one. The Steelers were facing a second-and-20 from the five-yard line and Dobbs’ first pass of the season was a 22-yard strike to Smith-Schuster to move the chains.

Roethlisberger completed 28 of 47 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns, while James Conner had his fourth straight 100-yard gain, carrying the ball 24 times for 107 yards. He also had seven receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

The defense was stingy again, allowing just 61 yards rushing and 209 yards in the air, while sacking Joe Flacco twice.

“(This win) means a lot. They got us the first time at home. We were able to come here and get this one.” — Ben.



More from Ms. Varley here.

You can watch teh video from Ben’s post-game interview here.

And for your viewing pleasure…video highlights of today’s game.

Photo: Ben wanted to share a picture of the cleats he wore in today’s game.


“Ben Roethlisberger, Eric Weddle embrace bromance over rivalry”

November 3rd, 2018 by

From Jeremy Fowler & Jamison Hensley at ESPN.com:

110318Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle always texts back and forth, “Good luck and be safe,” with a certain friend before every game.

On Sunday, Weddle will then see that buddy across the line of scrimmage in what will be one of the most fierce games of the season.

Weddle and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have what they describe as a “genuine” friendship that dates to the 2011 Pro Bowl. They hit it off, talking about golf, fishing and family.

Roethlisberger is known to keep a tight circle, but Weddle is inside it.

“I value him as a real friend,” the quarterback said.

It has reached the point where Weddle and Roethlisberger will talk at least once a week throughout the season, even during the days leading up to the biggest rivalry in the NFL.

From the rigors of pro football to their love for hunting, the conversations have more range than Weddle in the open field.

“He’s just a good dude,” Weddle said. “I cherish relationships in this league.”

The two kept in touch sporadically at first, but the relationship mushroomed thanks to Roethlisberger’s yearly trips to California to see his agent, Ryan Tollner, and his sister, Carlee. Weddle was nearby as a San Diego Chargers safety from 2007 to 2015, so the two decided to meet for golf outings or family dinners.

“We always talk crap whenever we are around each other. He’s got kids, I have kids. It was just nice when it all started. When you text someone around the league, a lot of guys don’t text you back. But it was nice that he always texted or called me back. That meant a lot to me because he got stiffed by guys who big-time you.” — Eric Weddle.



Roethlisberger did more than text back when Weddle was a free agent in 2016. He walked into the Steelers’ front office and told coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert that they should sign Weddle.

Roethlisberger’s conviction came from Weddle’s ability as a “phenomenal football player,” he said.

“I pushed hard for him to come here,” Roethlisberger said.

Weddle ended up signing a four-year, $26 million deal with Baltimore.

“He knew everything was going down. He was just like, ‘I’m going to try to get you here,'” Weddle said. “He tried to pull some strings to get me there. We talked a lot that offseason.”

Weddle’s presence doesn’t exactly help Roethlisberger beat a rival, but he savors the moments to compete against him. Ravens-Steelers games are filled with what Roethlisberger calls “friendly banter” between the two.

Midgame, Weddle knows he might hear “stop showing and stop blitzing” from Roethlisberger at the line of scrimmage if he catches Weddle in a disguise.

No game strategy shared, just a “good luck,” and a “see ya for the postgame hug.”

“It’s nice to have a genuine good friend to talk ball,” Weddle said.


You can read the rest here.


Ben’s foundation: 2 Maryland grants awarded

November 1st, 2018 by

Today, Ben announced the fourth and fifth grant awards of the 2018 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

FallPuppy_340The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Annapolis Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, both south of M&T Bank Stadium where the Steelers will play the Ravens on November 4th.

The Annapolis Police Department will utilize the grant to purchase needed safety equipment for their K-9 unit.

“This grant will be used to purchase two K-9 vests and an alarm system for a K-9 vehicle. These items are potentially lifesaving for our hardworking four-legged K-9 officers. We can’t thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation enough for this generous grant.” — Annapolis Chief of Police Scott Baker.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office plans to use the funds to replace a recently retired dog.

“As the Sheriff in Montgomery County, Maryland, it is my honor to acknowledge the generosity of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for this grant to our K-9 unit. The Roethlisberger Foundation grant will allow the Sheriff’s Office to continue to train specialized K-9 teams for the Sheriff’s Office and other affiliated law enforcement agencies in our region.” — Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin.



In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.”


Fans:

You can help support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (www.SarrisCandiesFundraising.com), using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


If you’d like more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation you can visit Ben’s Foundation page. For more in-depth information, please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.


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2018 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/09 @ Browns Tie: 21-21
9/16 Chiefs Loss: 42-37
9/24 @ Buccaneers Win: 30-27
9/30 Ravens Loss: 26-14
10/7 Falcons Win: 41-17
10/14 @ Bengals Win: 28-21
10/21 BYE N/A
10/28 Browns Win: 33-18
11/4 @ Ravens Win: 23-16
11/8 Panthers Win: 52-21
11/18 Jaguars 1:00 pm – CBS
11/25 @ Broncos 4:25 pm – CBS
12/2 Chargers 1:00 pm – CBS
12/9 @ Raiders 8:20 pm – NBC
12/16 Patriots 4:25 pm – CBS
12/23 @ Saints 4:25 pm – CBS
12/30 Bengals 1:00 pm – CBS