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How Ben Roethlisberger Became a Legend on and off the Football Field

Ben Roethlisberger is more than just a legendary quarterback. The former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has become vital to the communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The quarterback became a legend in his home state of Ohio for his football skills and philanthropic work. The Roethlisberger Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for American families.

The path to professional football was not a simple one for Ben Roethlisberger. The quarterback was made to wait for his chance to lead the offense at Findlay High School until his senior year. Despite reports of his passing and running abilities, Roethlisberger lined up as a wide receiver and waited for his chance. The Ohio native made his way to a Miami (Ohio) summer camp between his Junior and Senior seasons and impressed the coaching staff enough to have them consider a scholarship. Not playing until his senior year meant the scholarship offer had to wait until Roethlisberger started a game at quarterback for his high school.

Ben Roethlisberger progressed through the college ranks to the professional league with relative ease, setting records at Miami (Ohio). The quarterback was drafted 11th in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and set out to make an immediate impact. The second game of his rookie season brought Roethlisberger to the starting role. Roethlisberger built a reputation as a young athlete in a hurry to make an impact by going 15-1 and being named the Rookie of the Season.

His impact on the Steelers and the Pennsylvania-Ohio region cannot be overstated. Two Super Bowl-winning seasons and six Pro Bowls shows his importance to the team and the region. Since retiring from playing, the Roethlisberger Family Foundation has continued to impact the lives of thousands of families. Among his good works is a commitment to bring support to newborn infants affected by jaundice. See related link for additional information.


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