Big Ben is down! Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be sitting on the sidelines for the next 4-6 weeks due to a knee injury. As Ben recovers in time to finish out the 2015 football season, here are 5 things to know about the record breaking, Super Bowl champ.
It was a sad day for Steeler Nation! Ben Roethlisberger, 33, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ star quaterback, was carted off the field during the Sept. 27 game against the St. Louis Rams. Ben has a sprained MCL and he’s expected to be out for over a month! While he’s recuperating, get to know more about Ben and while Steelers fans are eagerly awaiting his return!
1. His hero is not a Steeler — but a Bronco.
Ben idolizes the legendary quarterback, John Elway, and Ben is often compared to the Denver Broncos icon. The two have similar playing strategies and styles. Ben even wears the number 7 in honor of John.
2. Big Ben is Ride Or Die for the Yellow and Black.
Though he grew up in Ohio and idolized a Bronco, Ben bleeds yellow and black. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ben in 2004, when he was a college Junior. He hasn’t played for another team — and probably won’t! In 2008, Ben signed an eight-year, $102 million contract with the team and has stated he wants to retire as a Steeler!
3. Ben’s a record-breaking passer
He currently has the 9th highest all-time Passer Rating. He’s one of only six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 other NFL teams. On top of that, he’s the youngest starting quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl, taking home the championship in both 2006 and 2009! He even set the Steelers’ record for most passing yards, smashing Terry Bradshaw’s record in 2011.
4. Ben is involved in charity work.
The Ben Roethlisberger foundation supports police and fire departments that employ service dogs. On top of that, Ben donated $100,000 to fund police dogs in Pittsburgh. Ben also donated a game’s paycheck to the relief efforts of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
5. Big Ben has been accused of sexual assault — twice!
In 2009, Andrea McNulty, filed a civil suit against Ben in 2009, over allegations that he sexually assaulted her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 2008. Andrea could not obtain criminal charges due to lack of evidence and one of her coworkers testified that Andrea bragged about having consensual sex with Ben.
In 2010, Ben was investigated over an alleged sexual assault of a George College & State University student in a restroom of a Capital City nightclub in Milledgeville, Georgia. The district attorney said that Ben would not be charged because they could not “prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.” Despite being off the hook with the law, the NFL suspended Ben six games and made him undergo a “professional behavior evaluation.” Ben hasn’t been in trouble since.
Pittsburgh fans are wishing Ben a “get well soon!” What about you, HollywoodLifers? Do you want to see Big Ben back on the field?
— Jason Brow