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Ben Roethlisberger was born in Lima, Ohio on March 2, 1982.
Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback in the NFL, is one of the most capable passers in the league; he is famous for playing outside pockets. He has played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
'Big Ben' was the nickname of Ben Todd Roethlisberger Sr. At Miami University, he played college quarterback football and was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. In 2000, he was redshirted in Miami in his first season, and he gave his collegiate debut against Michigan in 2001.
In 2003, he started the season losing against the Iowa Hawkeyes, but he went on to lead the RedHawks to an unbeaten record in the MAC with 12 consecutive wins. He was the youngest quarterback in 2006 to win the Super Bowl title in NFL history. The Steelers led the second season to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL when Roethlisberger was only 23. In 2007, Big Ben's first Pro Bowl selection was held.
Ben Roethlisberger also led the Steelers to a second Super Bowl title against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23. He appeared for his third Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLV), but they lost against the Green Bay Packers, 31-25. He is one of the most productive passers in NFL history. Upon his retirement, he ranked fifth in NFL career passing yards of 64,088 and fifth in quarterback completion with a 1,500-career attempt. He ranked eighth in all-time in touchdowns. In NFL history, he has beaten 31 teams out of 32.
Ben Roethlisberger grew up adoring John Elway and was also compared to him, and he wore number seven as a way to honor him. His jersey number seven was retired by the Miami RedHawks during their homecoming on October 13, 2007. He was the third athlete to have his number retired in Miami, following John Pont and Bob Hitchens. It was the first time in 34 years of Miami history that Roethlisberger's jersey number was retired.
As the third quarterback, he started his rookie season behind the veteran's Charlie Batch and Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger had to take over when a third-quarter injury to Maddox occurred, which is when he stepped in for his first NFL action. However, the Steelers lost to the Baltimore Ravens by 30-13. Maddox's injury was the game-changer for the Steelers. Roethlisberger likely thought he would be sitting and watching or playing sparingly for the first two seasons to learn the team's system. Instead, he had to play against the Miami Dolphins, finishing the 13-3 victory. In January 2005, the Associated Press selected him as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. In 34 years, he was the first quarterback to be honored.
Ben Roethlisberger cleverly made his victory in the 23rd fourth quarter of his career as the Pittsburgh Steelers won over the Detroit Lions by 37-27 at Heinz Field. He was also expected to have one more fourth-quarter comeback to tie Dan Fouts, Drew Bledsoe, Eli Manning, and Dave Krieg for 11th all-time. Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger announced his retirement by the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 season. He also made many Pittsburgh Steelers franchise records in which he overtook Terry Bradshaw for the most passing yards on October 11, 2011. Also, on December 8, 2013, he overtook Terry Bradshaw for most passing touchdowns. On the 'Rich Eisen Show', Terry Bradshaw discussed his relationship with Roethlisberger and showered him with compliments as he always does. Terry Bradshaw played with the Steelers from 1970 to 1983. Both of the NFL quarterbacks cannot be compared at all. Each is unique in his own way.
In March 2013, he signed a five-year contract with the Steelers. He had a loss (28-21) against the New England Patriots in the 2015 NFL season. However, they won the next two games against the St. Louis Rams and San Fransico 49ers. For violating the league's conduct policy, he was suspended for four games on April 21, 2010 that NFL season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced. He was not paid for the first six games for that particular season. He moved up to third on the all-time list with 5,972 yards in 23 playoff games.
Ben Roethlisberger has made big bucks thanks to his hard work. It is estimated that his net worth is around $100 million.
Roethlisberger signed a contract worth $22.26 million with the Steelers in salaries and bonuses and incentives worth $17.73 million for six years in 2004. Later, it was extended to another six years with a raise in the contract of $87.9 million and a bonus of $25 million.
In 2015, he signed another contract, which was extended to 2019 with an amount of $21.8 million per year. It is also noted that his salary increased from $4 million to $14.6 million annually. He also retired in NFL history as the third highest-paid player.
Ben Roethlisberger is 6 ft and 5 in (196 cm) tall.
He is currently 40 years old.
Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger comes from a Jewish Family. His parents are Ida Jane Foust and Kenneth Todd' Ken Roethlisberger'. His dad was a quarterback and former pitch at Georgia Tech. His name, 'Roethlisberger', indicates that he is of Swiss descent. He completed high school at Findlay High School. He was captain of the high school football, basketball, and baseball teams during his school days. In his last year of schooling, he played as a quarterback. His sister, Carlee Roethlisberger, played basketball at the University of Oklahoma. He also has a brother named Bob Roethlisberger.
Ben Roethlisberger once said, 'Go ahead and be the best athlete you can be, see if you can be a better Christian. That's what I'm trying to do now. I'm trying to be a better Christian than I am an athlete and soccer player', a clear nod to his Christian faith. The former NFL quarterback started riding horses when he was a kid. However, he stopped when his mother Ida passed away. Afterwards, he did not do it again for 30 years. On May 6, 2012, he went back to Miami University to finish his college degree, a Bachelor of Science in education. Because of his commitments to sports, there was a delay in finishing his degree sooner.
Ben Roethlisberger married Ashley Harlan on July 23, 2011 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in the United States. She is an assistant physician in New Castle, Pennsylvania. They have three children named Bodie Roethlisberger, Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, and Baylee Marie Roethlisberger.
Big Ben was a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2021. He is also said to be the franchise quarterback of the Steelers.
In his NFL career, he was ranked 7th and 12th in passer rating. He is also the fourth-highest career-winning quarterback.
Big Ben has a foundation named The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. It supports fire and police departments of the United States and puts all focus on service dogs. It also helps to enhance the lives of the residents of Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Findlay.
In 2005, he gave one of his game checks to the Tsunami Relief Fund. In 2014, Ben Roethlisberger and his wife donated $1 million to Miami University for the welfare of the indoor sports center.
He also donated $100,000 to the police dogs in Pittsburgh.
In 2006, he became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history.
Roethlisberger earned the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2004.
In 2003, he was awarded the MAC Most Valuable Player and the MAC Offensive Player of the Year.
In 2001, he won the award for MAC Freshman of the Year.
Ben Roethlisberger likes outdoor games, like golf. He also likes to go hunting and fishing.
Big Ben also likes to spend time with his dog and is an avid animal lover.
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