Ben Roethlisberger is proof that whoever becomes your childhood hero really matters. Former Denver Broncos quarterback and current manager of the team, John Elway, who retired from professional football in 1999, was Roethlisberger’s hero. In the days that Elway held sway in the NFL, the young boy would sit in front of the screen for hours dreaming about being like his hero. Today, those childhood dreams have become a reality as Ben now plays in the NFL and wears the number 7 jersey as a tribute to Elway.
Popularly known as ‘Big Ben’, the current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has been making big waves as a gridiron football player right from his high school days up until now. Join us as we take a brief but incisive look to the life and career of this burgeoning NFL professional who currently holds a record as the youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl in NFL history.
Ben Roethlisberger Biography
Ben Roethlisberger was born Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. on March 2, 1982, in Lima, Ohio. His father is Ken Todd Roethlisberger and his mother is Ida Jane Roethlisberger (nee Foust). He is of Swiss descent.
Roethlisberger comes from a family of sports people. His dad was a former pitcher and quarterback while his younger sister Carlee played college basketball at Oklahoma University.
We do not know where he went to elementary school but available information shows that he attended Finlay High School in Finlay, Ohio. At Finlay, Roethlisberger served as captain of the Finlay High School football, baseball, and basketball teams. During this time, he played as a wide receiver for the football team before switching to quarterback in his senior year.
Leaving high school, Ben Roethlisberger went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His college career with Miami turned out to be one of the most eventful ever as he succeeded in breaking countless records. For instance, in the second game of his freshman season, he broke Miami’s single-game passing record and won the game with 399 passing yards. In his fourth game, which was against Hawaii Warriors, he went 40 of 53 for 452 yards which was the first of its kind in the history of Miami Redhawks. His record-breaking streak continued through his sophomore and junior seasons at Miami.
Ben Roethlisberger college exploits as a quarterback was a subject for heated discussion in the countdown to the 2004 NFL Draft. Eventually, he was selected 11th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers and since that time, he has been playing for the Steelers as they consider him to be a franchise player. He has so far won two Super Bowls with them.
Family – Wife, Kids
Ben Roethlisberger is married to Ashley Harlan. Their wedding held on July 23, 2011, in a local church in Ohio. According to ESPN, the wedding was held under tight security provided by the police which made it difficult to keep a tab on the team luminaries that graced the occasion in posh limos. ESPN also reported the following day that Ben’s wife Ashley was a physician’s assistant by profession.
Ben and Ashley welcomed their first child, a son named Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Jr. in November 2012. Their second born, a daughter named Baylee Marie Roethlisberger was born in March 2014. In 2016, the couple welcomed a second son, Bodie Hunter Roethlisberger.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made sure Ben Roethlisberger does not leave the team. They have done so for by always offering him mouth-watering contracts. After his NFL draft, he signed a six-year contract worth $22.26 million with the team. He also had an additional $17.73 million available to him via incentives. Two years before this contact would elapse, he signed another eight-year long contract. This second contract signed in 2008 was worth a whopping $102 million.
In 2015, Roethlisberger signed a brand new four-year contract worth $87,400,000. Thus, as of January 2019, his estimated net worth is reported to be $70 million.
Height and Weight
Ben Roethlisberger’s listed height is 6 feet 5 inch or 1.96 m while he is said to weigh about 240 lbs or 109kg. With this kind of physique, Ben towers above most people as he further exudes exceeding strength and aura while on the pitch of play. This is the imposing physique that earned him the nickname ‘Big Ben’.