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Ben Roethlisberger Helps to Light the Way

Throughout the years, certain athletes stand above their peers and leave a lasting legacy. They become household names on and off the field. Ben Roethlisberger, more commonly known as “Big Ben”, loomed large during his tenure as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Prodigal Son

Long before he joined the NFL, Ben Roethlisberger was a force to be reckoned with in the Ohio sports scene. Born in Lima, Ohio, he grew up a well-rounded individual and was a captain of his football, baseball, and basketball teams.

Ben Roethlisberger first made his mark at Miami of Ohio, where he broke record after record. It was little wonder then that the Steelers picked him up in the first round, eleventh overall pick, of the 2004 Draft. In this capacity he would go on to be named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Over the course of fifteen seasons, he led the team to eleven AFC and AFC North championships and two Super Bowl victories. He is still the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, having won Super Bowl XL in 2006 at age twenty-three.

Lighting the Way

As his career wound down, Ben wasn’t content to kick back and relax. Together with gospel artist Micah Tyler and the charity organization Light of Life Rescue Mission, Roethlisberger matched donations in a fundraising sale. The proceeds of every one of Tyler’s “Different” T-shirts helped to provide a meal for the homeless population of Ben’s beloved Pittsburgh community.

Ben Roethlisberger, along with wife Ashley, also endorsed the company NeoLight at the peak of the 2020 pandemic. This company loaned phototherapy lights for home use to treat jaundice in infants, a leading cause in infant hospital readmission, helping to keep this vulnerable groups out of the strained hospital system.

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