Ben Roethlisberger

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Ben Roethlisberger

Born

3/2/1982, Findlay, Ohio

Birth Name

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Big Ben
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Biography

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Drafted No. 11 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers from the University of Miami (Ohio), Roethlisberger set an NFL record by going 13-0 as a rookie starter. "Big Ben," as he is often referred to because of his size, was also named the NFL's…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ben got his first touchdown in the 2006 season on October 15 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

    • Ben is the first quarterback to start two Conference Championship games in first two seasons in the NFL.

    • Ben is the second quarterback of Swiss descent to play and win a Super Bowl.

    • Ben said that John Elway was his hero when he was growing up.

    • In 2004, Ben signed a six-year contract, worth $22.26 million in salaries and bonuses.

    • Ben had the highest completion percentage by an NFL rookie quarterback (66.4).

    • Ben has the highest quarterback rating by an NFL rookie quarterback (98.1).

    • Ben has the most wins by an NFL rookie quarterback with 15.

    • Ben wears the #7 for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    • Ben holds the most career touchdowns by a Miami (Ohio) University quarterback (84).

    • Ben (On being the 6th seed going into the playoffs): We're the underdogs going into their place. Now we get to see what we can do.

    • Ben: I just found that out, I didn't know he said that. But that's good when the coach says something like that. I've done everything I can. I really tried to step my game up to be the best that I can be for this team. I want them to know they can count on me when it's crunch time.

    • Hines Ward (On the second game that Ben started in the NFL): This is my second full game, and things are starting to slow down more. I'm going to continue to get better, and Ben and the receivers are going to continue to grow as a group. I still don't feel 100 percent right on the same page with Ben...When we get on the same page, we're going to be an explosive offense.

    • Ben was originally going to attend Duke University and star as their quarterback until the University of Miami gave him a scholarship to be their QB.

    • Injuries suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on his motorcycle accident on July 14, 2006, according to Dr. Larry M. Jones, chief of trauma at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh:

      - Fractures to his upper and lower jaws.

      - Mild concussion.

      - Fractured nose.

      - Fractured facial bones.

      - Multiple head lacerations.

      - Multiple abrasions and contusions.

      - Lost two teeth.

      - Chipped several teeth.

      - No evidence of major structural damage to knees.

      - CT scan of brain showed no injury.

      He could miss most of training camp, and is expected to lose weight because of the jaw injury. He'll need time to regain his strength, timing and conditioning; but according to John Clayton from ESPN.com it is believed he'll be back on the field by training camp because despite undergoing seven hours of facial surgery after Monday's motorcycle accident, Roethlisberger didn't suffer major structural damage to his knees.

    • On June 14th, 2006, he had an accident in his motorcycle where it was reported he wasn't wearing a helmet and with no license.

      He was tossed high into the air after his made-for-speed motorcycle rammed into an old lady's car, causing him to smack his head on the car's windshield. Roethlisberger escaped career-threatening injuries. He could be out of the hospital within three to five days.

    • After the end of the 2004 season with a loss against the eventual champions, the New England Patriots, in Heinz Field, he promised RB Jerome Bettis (who was considering retirement) that if he stayed in the league for another year, he would have a Superbowl ring. The Steelers won Superbowl XL 21-10 to the NFC's first seed Seatle Seahawks after beating, as a sixth seed the three best teams of their conference (Third seed: Cincinnati Bengals, first seed: Indianapolis Colts and the second seed: Denver Broncos) all of them as the visitor team, being the first 6th winning a Superbowl in NFL history, keeping at the end Roethlisberger's promise. After the game Bettis anounced his retirement.

    • Ben appeared in a commercial during Super Bowl XL for Disney where he and some of his teammates were practicing how they would react should they win, with the famous phrase, "I'm going to Disney World."

    • During the Steelers road to Super Bowl XL, Roethlisberger did not shave once. Ben says he didn't feel like shaving after Pittsburgh's 38-31 loss to Cincinnati on December 4th, 2005. The next week, a 21-9 victory over Chicago, Big Ben said he wouldn't shave because he was superstitious. After the Super Bowl championship, Ben appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman the following day and allowed Letterman and a fan shave his beard. Gillette's new Fusion razor was used, which was part of a negotiated deal.

    • Ben attempted a career-low 11 passes in Pittsburgh's 34-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, September 11, 2005.

    • Ben Roethlisberger missed four games during the 2005 NFL season; three of which were due to knee surgery.

    • He is the second youngest starting quarterback to play in a Super Bowl (23 years, 11 months; second only to Dan Marino - 23 years, 4 months).

    • He made his first Super Bowl Appearance in Super Bowl XL on February 5th, 2006.

    • He was the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two professional seasons.

    • His nickname is "Big Ben".

    • Ben has a sandwich named after him, the "Roethlisburger."

    • Ben attended Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio.

    • Ben's streak of zero regular season losses came to an end when the New England Patriots took down Pittsburgh 23-20 on September 25, 2005 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA.

    • Ben played quarterback for the Miami University of Ohio Redhawks. (2001-03)

    • Ben Roethlisberger was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the 2004 season.

    • He has drawn comparisons to famous NFL quarterbacks, such as Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.

    • Ben has an online blog on his official website, www.br-7.com

  • Quotes

    • Ben: We don't think about that. We take it one game at a time. Every week we have a one-game season. This week we are 0-0 going against New England.

    • Ben (Referring to the win against the Colts in the playoffs): No one thought we could win this game except for the guys in that locker room. We knew if we wanted a chance to win, we had to come out firing on all cylinders.

    • Ben: We're going to go out and pound the ball. Whatever coach has in store.

    • Ben: Y'all want to come in now? All the non-believers. You want to come in now?

    • Ben (Referring to the gameplan against the Colts in the playoffs): We knew we had to come out firing. That set up the run.

    • Ben: I like being the hunter rather than the hunted.

    • Ben: I think they can count on me. And I want them to be able to count on me.

    • Ben: I think the guys have kind of accepted that with me and I think I try to go on the field and play that way. I'm not a guy who's going to be yelling or ranting and raving and trying to talk to be a leader. I'd rather lead by example. It's made me feel more comfortable out there on the field.

    • Ben (Referring to his second season): Coming into this year, I felt a little more comfortable. I've always taken that mentality, that I'm not trying to take leadership away from Jerome and Alan and Hines and those guys, that I'll come into that role when it's my turn. I think slowly it kind of has been passed on to me. Not that I'm the leader over those guys, but equal to them, or close to equal. And I think that's the role of a quarterback.

    • Ben: Our defense is all over the place, and it's so much fun watching them play. Offensively, we haven't played mistake-free football, but we've been playing well and we're going to have to keep doing that if we want to go to where we want to go.

    • Ben: I'd like to go out and play. You don't want to sit there and be rusty for the next week. I'd like to get out there and get some snaps for however long that coach thinks is necessary.

    • Ben: We know that if we lose another game it's our last game of the year. We don't want that to end any time soon. We know that we're the underdogs and we probably like that role a little more.

    • Ben: I'm a lot more comfortable. I understand what's going on a little bit more and hopefully, it will translate into better football.

    • Ben: We know we're going to be the underdogs and we probably like that role a little more.

    • Ben (On his game saving tackle against the Colts): I turned to watch him get in the end zone. All of a sudden I see the ball just go flying. My first reaction is just to go get it, but I knew I wasn't going to get there in time, so then it's let's try and slow him down. I think I turned him enough times that he got close to me and he couldn't decide which way to go, so now I just saw his leg and grabbed it, and luckily he went down.

    • Ben: We've been playing the last couple weeks like it's a one-game season for us and we have to continue to do that. This week is no different. We expect them to come in and play very hard and we have to have our 'A' game.

    • Ben: We like to think so. But we're not going to say we can go three games in a row because we want to go one game in a row. It starts this week at home. Nothing happens if we don't win this game. We're not thinking about anything else.

    • Ben (to fans, prior to playing in Super Bowl XL): You guys inspire me to give my all, and your passion for Steelers victories has gotten us to this point.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Dude, Where are you at?

    9.9
    I just hung my autographed Roethlisberger Jersey above my beautiful 42\' flat screen and Ben Ben Ben,,, WHERE ARE YOU!!! You have not showed up to one game this season. I know it\'s early, but it\'s ok to say, \"I don\'t/can\'t play yet coach\" Don\'t bring your team down because you have \"Pride\" Be fair to your team and sit out and heal. relax, concentrate, etc... DO SOMETHING, Because you haven\'t done ANYTHING yet. Don\'t go out like that... You\'re too good to start making yourself look bad... Relax, Do whatever you have to do and start playing football. It\'s hard to look better than you did last year, but that is the entire point of your career... Now, go out there and do what EVERYONE knows you can!!! Be Great!moreless
  • Dude, Where are you at?

    9.9
    I just hung my autographed Roethlisberger Jersey above my beautiful 42\' flat screen and Ben Ben Ben,,, WHERE ARE YOU!!! You have not showed up to one game this season. I know it\'s early, but it\'s ok to say, \"I don\'t/can\'t play yet coach\" Don\'t bring your team down because you have \"Pride\" Be fair to your team and sit out and heal. relax, concentrate, etc... DO SOMETHING, Because you haven\'t done ANYTHING yet. Don\'t go out like that... You\'re too good to start making yourself look bad... Relax, Do whatever you have to do and start playing football. It\'s hard to look better than you did last year, but that is the entire point of your career... Now, go out there and do what EVERYONE knows you can!!! Be Great!moreless
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