Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger, nicknamed Big Ben, is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Miami University in Ohio and was drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL draft. Roethlisberger earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2004 and his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007. He became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history, leading the Steelers, in only his second profession season, to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at the age of 23. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a second Super Bowl title in four seasons as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23, after completing a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the final 35 seconds. Roethlisberger has been one of the most efficient passers in NFL history. He currently ranks 9th all-time in NFL passer rating (94.0), tied for 6th in yards per attempt (7.93), and tied for 10th in completion percentage (63.85%) among quarterbacks with a minimum of 1,500 career attempts. He has the fourth highest career winning percentage (.710) as a starter in the regular season among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 starts. He is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of the current NFL teams. Known for playing outside the pocket in what he calls “backyard football”, Roethlisberger grew up idolizing John Elway, and has often been compared to him. Roethlisberger wears number 7 in Elway’s honor. Roethlisberger was born in Lima, Ohio, the son of Kenneth and Ida Roethlisberger. His younger sister, Carlee Roethlisberger played women’s basketball for the University of Oklahoma. Roethlisberger is married to Ashley Harlan and they have three kids together, Benjamin, Bayleee, and Bodie. In addition, Roethlisberg is also a spokesman for Swiss Roots, a campaign intended to help Americans of Swiss origin reconnect with their Swiss ancestral heritage. Moreover, Roethlisberger has his own line of barbecue suace called Big Ben’s BBQ. Roethlisberger is also the founder of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which seeks to provide to provide support for police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on service dogs and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Findlay, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2005, Roethlisberger donated one game check to aid the tsunami relief fund and  also donated over $100,000 to fund police dogs in Pittsburgh. In 2014, Roethlisberger and his wife donated $1 million to his alma mater, Miami University, for an indoor sports center.

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