Ben Roethlisberger Biography
Ben Roethlisberger born Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr., and also known as Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).
Ben Roethlisberger was born on March 2, 1982, in Lima, Ohio in Cory-Rawson and grew up just outside of Findlay Surrounded by the love and support of his family, Ben became very active in sports at a young age, focusing primarily on basketball and football.
Before, Ben was a thin, lanky wideout at Findlay High School. It wasn’t until the fall of 1999, his final high school season, that Ben earned a chance to be the No. 1 quarterback after the graduation of the starting QB one grade ahead of him.
Ohio’s Division I Offensive Player of the Year and runner-up for Mr. Football honors in 1999. Ben set state records by throwing for 4,041 yards and 54 touchdowns during his senior season. He also scored seven touchdowns. He was named league, district and Toledo Blade Player of the Year.
Findlay went 10-2 during 1999, advancing to the second round of state playoffs before losing to Grove City. Ben played in both Ohio North-South and Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star games. He threw two touchdown passes, including the game-winner, in the North-South game, was coached by Cliff Hite.
As for basketball, Ben averaged 26.5 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game as a senior point guard. He was a .300 hitter as a shortstop for Findlay’s baseball team. Ben was named all-league and all-district performer in both basketball and baseball. He was the team captain in all three sports.
Ben Roethlisberger – The NFL
Ben announced he would file for the draft after the RedHawks dispatched Louisville in the GMAC Bowl on Dec. 18th.
The now 6-foot-5, 240-pound QB is blessed with a strong arm and athleticism that is rare for his size. Seeing such a prize, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ben in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft with the 11th pick.
On drafting Ben, Steelers Coach Bill Cowher said, “If you have an opportunity to get a good, young quarterback who has a tremendous upside, it’s too golden of an opportunity to pass.”Ben’s fans couldn’t agree more.
On August 4, 2004, Ben signed his first contract with the Steelers, a 6-year, $40 million contracts, and was touted by Steelers coach Bill Cowher in a press conference as a franchise quarterback.
Ben stepped into the starting role after an injury to quarterback Tommy Maddox in the second game of the season and became unquestionably the best rookie quarterback to ever play the game. He led the Steelers to a 15-1 record as a starter, losing only in the AFC Championship game, and set many rookie passing records, including best passer rating (98.1), and highest completion percentage (66.4%). Ben received much praise from coaches in the NFL, including Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, who compared him to legendary QB Dan Marino. On January 5, 2005, Roethlisberger was unanimously selected as The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press (AP), the second quarterback to achieve the honor.
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Following his rookie season, Ben convinced running back Jerome Bettis to return for one final season. Ben’s promise: Give me one more season and I guarantee you a Super Bowl ring. Despite injuries to his knee and thumb, almost ending Ben’s season, he was able to rally the team to four straight wins to finish the season and earn a wildcard birth in the playoffs. Ben and the Steelers continued their run in the playoffs, defeating Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Denver all on the road. Ben elevated his game during this run, even making a game-saving tackle of the Colts’ Nick Harper in Indianapolis to keep Jerome’s hope alive for a championship.
On February 5, 2006, in Detroit’s Ford Field (Jerome’s hometown, and coincidentally, where Ben played his first pre-season NFL game in 2004), the Pittsburgh Steelers earned the elusive “One for the Thumb!” They defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10, allowing Ben to deliver on his promise to Jerome, and making Ben Roethlisberger the youngest quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl!
The start of the 2006 season was a tough one for Ben. After recovering from an off-season motorcycle accident in which he was seriously injured, he attended training camp but was sidelined for the first game of the season after an emergency appendectomy on September 3, 2006. Ben had his first “big” game of the season in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He completed 16 of 19 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions during a 45-7 out of the Chiefs. He continued his success in Week 7 going 16 of 22 for 237 yards and three touchdowns. However, during the third quarter, Ben suffered a concussion following a hit by Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney.
Although Ben bounced back from the concussion to play out the rest of the season, another playoff run was not in the cards for the Steelers.
In the first game of 2007 season, Ben reached a personal milestone: his first career four-touchdown game after the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 34-7. He followed that up with solid performances against both the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. In Week 9, Ben threw for a career-high five touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. He tied a team record held by Terry Bradshaw and Mark Malone in the 38-7 victory. All five touchdowns were thrown in the first half, making Ben one of only two quarterbacks in the 2007 season to accomplish such a feat, and only the fifth quarterback since the 1970 merger, to do so. He also posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating in that game. In Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins, Ben completed 85.7% of his passes (18-21) setting a new Steelers record. In week fifteen against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ben broke the team single-season touchdown pass record when he threw his 29th touchdown pass, to Nate Washington. The record was previously held by Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw.
2007- 08 also saw Ben make his first trip to the Pro Bowl, joining five other Steelers teammates on the AFC squad. He was 5 for 9 for 42 yards and a one-yard touchdown toss, while playing in the second quarter of the game, which the NFC won 42-30. He also led the AFC in rushing with one carry for 18 yards. As for the overall season, Ben’s 32 touchdown passes ranked third in the NFL, behind Tony Romo and Tom Brady, while his 104.1 passer rating was second only to Brady. On five different occasions during the season, Ben led his team back from a double-digit deficit to a lead or tie in the fourth quarter. However, the Steelers would lose four of those five games as the defense, in the end, could not hold off Denver, New York and Jacksonville (twice), respectively. Ben also set a new Steelers single-season record with 32 touchdown passes in the 2007 season.
Despite playing most of the season with an injured right shoulder suffered in Week one, Ben started all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career. He solidified his reputation as one of the NFL’s most clutch quarterbacks with 4th quarter comeback victories at Jacksonville, vs. San Diego, and at Baltimore, capping off a 12 play 92 yard drive with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes to clinch the AFC North Division title for the third time in his five NFL seasons as the Steelers finished the 2008 regular season with a 12-4 record.
AFC Divisional Playoffs:
In the first head to head playoff matchup of two quarterbacks from the heralded 2004 draft class, Ben completed 17 of 26 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers defeated Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers 35-24 to advance to the AFC Championship game for the third time in Ben’s career.
Ben became the second Steelers quarterback (O’Donnell, 1994) to defeat the same team three times in one season as the Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-14 to advance to Super Bowl XLIII.
Ben Roethlisberger Age – Roethlisberger Age
Ben Roethlisberger was born on March 2, 1982.
Ben Roethlisberger Wife
On July 23, 2011, Roethlisberger married Ashley Harlan, a physician assistant from New Castle, Pennsylvania.
Ben Roethlisberger Kids
On June 9, 2012, Roethlisberger announced through his official Facebook page that he and Ashley were expecting their first child, a son, later in 2012. Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, Jr. was born on November 21, 2012. The couple’s first daughter, Baylee Marie Roethlisberger, was born on March 19, 2014 and their second son Bodie Roethlisberger was born on May 26, 2016.
Ben Roethlisberger Height
Ben Roethlisberger stands at 6′ 5″.
Ben Roethlisberger Injury
Roethlisberger has 23 documented injuries during his NFL career. Last season, he missed 1 game with a torn meniscus in his left knee. He missed 4 games in 2015 with an MCL sprain to the same knee. Beyond that, he has been remarkably durable for a QB who plays with such disregard for his physical safety. He has averaged over 14 games per season throughout his 13-year career.
Ben Roethlisberger Retire
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plans to return for the 2018 season after 45–42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC, he said that he was contemplating retirement.
Ben Roethlisberger College Career
Ben’s talents weren’t a secret to the Miami (Ohio) University staff, which invited him to its summer camp before his senior season. Ben performed well but left with no scholarship offer. Ohio State University also went after Ben, who set state high school records for yards (4,041) and touchdowns (54) playing in a high-powered offense similar to Miami’s. In the end, Miami won. Ben saw a shot at being a four-year starter after then-No. 1 QB Mike Bath’s eligibility expired.
Ben took a redshirt season in 2000, won the starting job in 2001. After struggling in his first two games – trips to Michigan and Iowa – he fared better in his first home game, completing 20-of-25 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns as the RedHawks beat rival Cincinnati.
Ben threw for 3,105 yards with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He followed that with a solid second season as a starter in ’02, throwing for 3,238 yards and 22 TDs. It was as a redshirt sophomore that he said he “started to feel comfortable with the way things were going in the offensive system and everything that was unfolding at Miami.” Ben’s junior season represented a “quantum leap forward” with regard to his comfort and command of the offense, according to Hoeppner.
After a season-opening loss at Iowa, Ben was dominant. He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes and set just about every Miami passing record, some of which he had broken before. The RedHawks rolled to the Mid-American Conference Championship with a victory over the Bowling Green State Falcons 49 – 27 on December 4, 2003. Ben set a title-game record with 440 passing yards.
Ben returned to Oxford in October of 2007 for the honor of seeing his college jersey retired (above). First time in 34 years Miami has retired a football jersey number. Ben became the third athlete in Miami football history to have his jersey number retired, joining John Pont and Bob Hitchens. Ben’s beloved coach passed away that June of brain cancer. It was fitting that Ben and Coach Hoeppner shared the focus. The two are forever linked through both the success they produced at Miami and the close relationship they forged.
The Pro-Day Workout of former RedHawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the main attraction on March 25th, 2004. Scouts or assistant coaches from nearly all 32 NFL teams made their way to Oxford. Two head coaches, Green Bay’s Mike Sherman, and the Giants’ Tom Coughlin – along with Giants’ general manager Ernie Accorsi and three of the club’s scouts – were there, too.
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Ben Roethlisberger Ring
Ben has two rings, Pittsburgh Replica Championship ring and 18k Gold Steelers World Championship ring
He weighs 241 lbs.
Ben Roethlisberger Contract and salary
Roethlisberger signed a four-year, $87.4 million extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March that included a $31 million signing bonus.
Ben Roethlisberger Net Worth – Ben Roethlisberger Salary
He signed a 4-year contract for $87,400,000 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has an estimated net worth of around $100 million
Ben Roethlisberger Honors:
2004: AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
2004: Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year.
2004: Set NFL record by winning his first 14 starts.
2007: Named to Pro Bowl.
2009: Steelers team MVP.
2010: Chief Award.
2011: Named to Pro Bowl.
2013: Named the “Steelers 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year”.
2014: Named to the Pro Bowl.
Ben Roethlisberger Interview
AB Made Me Who I Am’: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Speaks About Antonio Brown, Offseason
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After an offseason of silence, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is speaking out.
Ben had plenty to say surrounding the events that took place over the last five months for the Steelers, highlighted by missing the playoffs and losing two key pieces in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.
Big Ben had not spoken publicly since December, so the biggest question that many wondered to this point is why did it take so long?
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“Well, in the offseason, I like to like to just be with family and be away and stay away from the craziness ’cause the media is my life during football season,” Roethlisberger said. “So when I can get a break from it, I try to get a break from it.”
But there was no break from social media, and Antonio Brown used it ultimately secure his trade away from the team that drafted him and made him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.
With good reason, the Bento Brown, “Killer B” relationship was unmatched for the past six years with over 100 catches and 74 touchdown passes in every one of those seasons.
At one point, Brown claimed the duo had a “Wifi Connection” and claimed that he loved Big Ben. But that all changed in a matter of weeks, and Ben says he never really got an answer from AB as to why the relationship went sour.
“I’ll start with saying you’re right, AB made me who I am,” Roethlisberger said. “He was the greatest wide receiver I ever played with. The things that he did in this league and that we did together are among the best of all time. And you’re right, there were some great things and then all of a sudden it just kind of, it disappeared and I’m not sure really where it went. We always worked through it, you know? We always came out the other side smiling and hugged it out and enjoyed it and moved on, and this time, I really don’t know.”
Antonio has made it seem like Ben calls him out too much publicly. A lot of the criticism came from the weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan where people listen while the quarterback has given a unique perspective over the years. Ben does admit he has taken things too far at times.
“It’s a fine line to walk sometimes of giving information out,” Roethlisberger said. “Giving some cool things for the fans to be a part of and maybe saying too much. I know that I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments I made on that show and especially towards him. And I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry. Did I go too far after that Denver game? Probably.”
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Brown went beyond probably. He took the Denver comments as a personal dig and aired out his grievances on LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop.”
“All year, the dude called me out. We lose a game, he’s like, yeah, AB should have run a better route,” Brown said on the show. “That’s the type of guy he is. He feels like he the owner. Bro, you threw that s*** to the d-line, how the f*** am I gonna get it? You need to give me a better ball!”
“I can see where that comment was perceived to be negative towards AB, but it wasn’t meant that way,” Ben said. “It was more, you know, just like everything during the season, it’s a compliment to AB ’cause he’s doubled every single play and that’s why … it’s still so amazing that he was able to do it through all the adversity of double and triple teams. It was more meant that I should have gone to JuJu because he was single covered. I regretted it. That’s the thing about media and social media and things like that, as soon as you say it, sorry only goes so far. You can’t take it back and I wish I could because if that’s what ruined our friendship and our relationship, then I am truly am genuinely sorry about that.”
As the season came to a close and the offseason began, questions from former teammates and national media members came into the forefront regarding Ben’s leadership.
“It was hurtful,” Ben said. “[When some of the comments came out,] they were hurtful. You know, and it was hurtful to myself. It was hurtful for my family. Leadership ultimately is about winning football games, and I didn’t do a good enough job of being a leader because we didn’t make the playoffs. So I need to reevaluate myself and how can I be a better leader. This year, this offseason, this OTAs, minicamps, training camp. How can I make myself a better leader so that we can win football games, which ultimately leads to hope of playoffs and a super bowl because of that at the end of the day that is the ultimate goal? That’s all I want to do is win a championship and everyone else in the locker room, that’s all they want to do too.”
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With the “Killer B” era now over, Ben was asked if he had tried to reach out to Brown now that the dust has settled.
“You know, I’ve reached out to him a few times, sent him some messages, called him. I haven’t heard back,” Ben said. “But I’m sure he’s getting busy with his season and getting ready as I am with the guys that we have here. But you know, I really am looking forward to reconnecting with him, talking because, as I said, he’s a good friend of mine. I still call him a good friend. And I hope that we can reconnect and I hope that our friendship can continue to grow.”