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June 29, 2005



Hey Ben, the last quarter of the season you seemed to not look off the corners as much and it led to int's. This seems to be the single hardest thing for a QB, next to actually reading a defense. how long do you think it will take to make "looking off the corner" a down the field pass habit.


Ben, please accept my condolences. I lost my grandfather last year at the age of 87. Like your grandfather was to you, my grandfather was a big influence in my life and I want to make him proud of me, especially as a father to my daughter. Always remember that he's with you at all times and he must be proud not only of your accomplishments, but of the way you conduct yourself with the class and integrity that you've always exhibited. God Bless you and your family.

Donna Nardine

God Bless You and I know you will continue to be the strength and example as your grandfather was to you. We need young heros for the thousands of children out there with no father to set an example for them. I am the director of a grassroots child abuse prevention program in Pittsburgh. We have been in existence since 1993. If there is any way we could have you help us with the families we serve we would love to hear from you. I do not know how to contact you directly and would love an email address or phone number that you could share. You can fill the void in many children's lives and be a great example! God Bless you,
Donna Nardine, Executive Director, Watchful SHepherd USA www.watchful.org


I was sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather. The blog that you wrote about him and you grandmother was just beautiful.


Hey Ben...hope you get well and you feel a bit better now..i know that needs time..i think on you so many times and i'm with you with my hard and my thinkings...all the best for you and your family..take care big ben..i think the train camp starts in short time ? take care and i hope really i have the luck to meet you sometime..someday..whatever...i can't wait to september...with all my love karin


I just wanted to say that I was really touched by your post. I lost my grandfather several years ago when I was in high school. I don't know what it is about grandpas but they seem to always have a strong, grounding influence on our lives. I never really realized how much until he was gone. I just wanted to say that beyond the grief I have comfort in knowing he is with my Heavenly Father and free from all pain and suffering that this world brings. I wanted to share this poem with you that was read at my grandpa's funeral. It talks about how death may be the last step for our earthly bodies, but we must remember that Christ conquered death, and our souls live on with Him.
It's called "Death, be not proud" (Holy Sonnet 10)

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy'or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

by John Donne

Take care.
In Him

Albert Brewster Jr.

First I would like to send my deepest condolences for your loss, as I too have lost one person in my immediate family being my grandfather. But he lived a full life (84 years young), and got to live the final 10 months of his life with my mother and myself, I'm sure sending him upstairs a very happy and content man.
This is my first time visiting your website. I got the address from your book which I purchased yesterday 'Roethlisberger- Pittsburghs' own Big Ben'. It was a great book, letting me revisit last year, and prep me for this upcoming season. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for bringing a potent passing game back to Steel town. Not to take anything away from Maddox, but he hasn't been the same since his injury, and aside from that, dating back to when I really started watching the Steelers with pure dedication (Bubby Brister, O'Donnell and Kordell Stewart (thank you Chicago)) it has been a pound the ball on the ground team with a invisible air attack, until now. I think I was one of the few people who knew you were the real #1 draft pick and sleeper in the draft (Manning will be good, but is just to small to do any serious damage). I am a bartender in Las Vegas and love to bet on college and pro football, just for fun of course, not trying to make a living. I watched and bet on you with Ohio, and won alot of straight up bets, and that is why I was so pumped when the Steelers chose you for the 11th overall pick, because I just knew you were going to be something special and franchise material (smart, strong/accurate arm and great feet and scrambling capabilities outside of the pocket. I just never thought you would jump out the gate the way you did. Just please stay healthy, and there is going to be a great carreer ahead for you. I am 29 years old, been a die-hard Steelers fan since my babysitters son got me watching them at around 8 or so, and have never gone to a professional football game. I refuse to see any game until I see the Steelers, and unfortunately Las Vegas doesn't have a team within 4 hours, them being the Chargers. I turn 30 at the end of September and all I want is to see the Monday night game in San Diego, conveniently on October 10th. It is a big birthday, so my roomate is trying to score us tickets on EBAY, but they are going for rediculous amounts since it is a sold out game, but hopefully we will be there cheering the Black and Gold. That is all I want. I am not writing this for a handout so please don't take it that way, but I like to ramble. I am a bartender, so the writing skills aren't exactly there. Anyway, I read a couple of times in our local newspaper that you visited Vegas a couple of times recently with your golfer lady freind, parden me for not knowing her name, but next time you are in town, if you wwant some good food and drinks, stop on in to Jimmy Buffetts' Margaritaville, and I'll take care of you (I also like to do comedy on the side, not really). I'm there until 7pm, 5 days a week. Just ask for Alby. That would really flip me out. Not that I get star struck, because I see them all over in Las Vegas, but you possibly could be our next Bradshaw. Thus it would be awesome. I've only met one Steeler, which was about a month and a half ago, Mr.Franco Harris. I got a friend to get me a ticket to a restaraunt entrepreneur seminar in which he was a guest speaker, and it was by far one of the coolest things ever to happen to me. My father told me that he worked with him shining shoes at Fort Dix about 40 years ago and Franco remembered him, thus leading to a truly unforgetable conversation I'm calling it 'the Immanculate Conversation'. I was star-struck at 29 years old. I think this is long enough so I'll end it now. Hopefully I'll be seeing you guys in October, but if not, please by all means, stop in to the restaraunt next time you are in town. Good luck on the upcoming season, stay focused and great things are going to come. Super Bowl bound baby.


Hello Ben,
What a wonderful tribute to your Grandfather. The great thing about parents and grandparents is that the love and respect for their children and grandchildren is unconditional.
They derive great joy and satisfaction reliving their lives through the (grand)kids, and besides it also keeps them young and revitalized. They are proud of accomplishments and stand firm in defeat.
Dedicating this season in memory of your Grandfather is a wonderful celebration of his life and
the people he has touched.
Stay healthy. Best Wishes to All.


So sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Grandfathers are the best! Trust me, though - in time, you'll always think of the little wonderful things he would do and say, and you won't be able to do anything but smile. I'm sure he couldn't have been more proud of you and everything you've accomplished. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. And know that your Grandfather is finally resting and in a much better place than we could ever dream of.


My condolences to your famliy.
Our family has recently lost a loved one. My 3 yr old cousin was taken this past week. Whether they lived a long or short life, it's always too soon. It helps to know they are in a better place now. My prayers go out to your family for your loss.


Hey Ben,
I am truly very sorry about the loss of ur grandfather. I think it is good of u 2 dedicate this season 2 him.
When the steelers come 2 cincinnati bengals october 23 i might b @ that game 2 c u play!!


My thoughts are with you. My grandfather was just about a father to me, since I cannot remember ever living in our house without him. He raised me as much as my parents did. He passed away three years ago, and it's still hard. But I am sure your grandfather is watching you now and I know he's got to be proud of you as a person, not just an athlete. I think that dedicating the season to him is very appropriate. I obviously didn't know him, but if he's anything like my grandfather, he's smiling.
Take care, and we are looking forward to your sophomore season in the great steel city.

mitch kuhnert

hey Ben. If you read this I want to say that I am very sorry about your grandpa passing away. As a lifelong Steelers fan I want to thank you for what you did for us last season. Although we came up short, I am confident you'll lead us to a February victory in Detroit next year.
Sincerely, Mitch


hey ben ,
well ... my name is stephanie i'm 14 years old and i'm from pittsburgh but i live in jax ,FL. and i'm NOT a jags fan at all!
to tell the ture i didn't really care about football intill this past season . it seemed like i was the odd ball in the family because even if i say a word during i game i got in trouble nad we have steeler parties too. and my brother bob is 20 and if yall had lossed he would cry and he is a big person.well i'm just so in love with you and your belive . i love the fact you had pfj on yours shoes i even copied you ( hope you don't mind) but i play softball. i think your blog website is the koolest thing in the world b/c comeon how many pro . people do this and our so nice to there fans . but your differnt and that is awesome . i think your really cute too lol. (just thought you would like to know) and your play AWESOME !!!!and your a great person .i know you probloy won't do this but can you write me back at my e-mail ??? it's opjhsofballchic@yahoo.com
bye ,have fun !
<3 stephanie



Hi Ben,
I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather passing. He sounded like such a wonderful man, like you. I just wanted to say that I hope one day my step daughter appreciates everything that I do for her. I love her so much, I have been with her father since she was a baby-11 months old. I have practically raised her, and would adopt her if given the option. I don't look at her as not my child. I love how you are with your Mother and how much you respect and love her. I see in you that there is hope for me. Thanks for being such a good role model and a wonderful person.
By the way I have a huge crush on you but my husbands okay with it. He's a huge Steeler's fan like me.
We are both from Ohio but have always been huge Pittsburgh fans. Go Steelers and take care.


I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I have lost all of my grandparents and my godfather so i know what you are going through and its good to know that you are being strong for your family i commend you for that. I just want you to know that your family is in my prayers and thoughts.


I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandfather, you'll be in my prayers. love you man!


Hey Big Ben! I just wanted to say hello and wish you and the team a great camp. The Steelers will tear up the NFL, Look Out! I hope you and the family are doing well, that includes Zeus. Love Ya Man!


Hey Ben!
I just watched the QB challenge! You did awesome. I thought you were gonna beat Jake out on that last challenge. It looked gorgeous down there. I'm sure you guys had a blast hanging out! I have to see you in person here in Pittsbugh! Many of my friends have been running into you over the summer! Anyways, you did awesome at the challenge...enjoy the rest of the summer before camp starts in a few weeks! Hope to see you soon,I know we'd have some fun together! ~Natalie


Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Last April I lost my grandmother whom I was very close too. She actually passed away in our house with her family around her. I still think of her everyday and sometimes I feel her around just letting me know everything is fine. I'm sure your grandfather will always be with you and will be there at every Steelers game you play. Except now he gets the best seat in your heart.


Ben,,, sorry for your loss- I wish my grandfather could have seen you play - he died in 83... he was the ultimate STEELERS fan... I'm sure he is up there w/ your G-Father in the front row ready for this season! GO STEELERS !


Great job in the QB challenge, Ben!


Hey BEN! I'm really sorry to hear about your grandfather! I never got the chance to know/meet my grandfathers personally, although I know they loved me very much :) I hope everything else is going good for you! I'm really excited for this up comming season! I'm planning to go to a lot of games this year to watch y'all play!!! I can't wait!
~JRo 8


I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. My prays go out to you and your intire family.
Have a GREAT season. God Bless

Sandy (Pickup) Thomas

This morning on a whim I typed in your name and discovered the Web site. How wonderful to see your eyes remain on Jesus and He is keeping you humble and somewhat normal ... just kidding! I feel your pain at losing your grandfather and I gather your mother died when you were a little boy. I will pray for you and your family. Grief, with God's help, is bearable ... when we know our beloved is with Him. My nephew, Johnny Graham, 16, also lost his mom when he was 8. She died of kidney cancer at age 39. She was remarkable and we were blessed to have had her. His dog, Beaver, guarded my sister throughout her illness and helped my nephew to survive her death. This month Johnny's legal guardian (my beautiful other sister Sharon)had the aged and ill Beaver put to sleep. Would you send Johnny and Sharon and his sisters an e-mail at madshifter29@aol.com? I hate to ask for something. Either way, God bless you, Ben. Our family can't wait for football season! We still believe.

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