Ben Roethlisberger is a retired professional football player with 18 years of experience with the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ben’s early life
Ben was born in Lima, Ohio on March 2, 1982. He went to High School in Findley, Ohio where he played football, basketball, and baseball.
In football, Ben Roethlisberger played wide receiver with the coach’s son playing quarterback. In his senior year, he starred as quarterback. Ben’s father, Ken, was a Georgia Tech quarterback.
Roethlisberger played college ball at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 2001 to 2004. Miami is a member of the Mid-American Conference competing in Division 1 of the NCAA.
By graduation, Ben had grown to 6-foot-5, 240 lbs. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft. He was the third selected out of the 2004 quarterback class behind Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. He signed a 6-year, $40 million contract. He never played for another NFL team.
Ben began his professional career as the backup to starting quarterback Tommy Maddox. Maddox was injured in the second game of the season. He took over and led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 15-1 record. They lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. He was the unanimous selection as AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press.
In his second year, the Steelers made the playoffs as a wild card. They won three playoff games on the road to make it to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. They beat the Seahawks 21-10 for the ring.
Ben played with the Steelers for 18 years. He won another Super Bowl against the Arizona Cardinals. Trailing 23-20 with 2:30 remaining, Ben mounted a 73-yard drive to win the game with 36 minutes left. Ben played in three Super Bowls winning two. See related link for more information.
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