Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is a former American football player who played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Nicknamed Big Ben, he was selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Steelers. In college he played football at Miami University in Ohio.

Roethlisberger earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 and his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007. He became the youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl in NFL history, leading the Steelers in his second professional season , in the 21–10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at age 23. He then led Pittsburgh to a second Super Bowl victory in four seasons when they beat the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27–23, after passing the game-winning touchdown to Santonio Holmes in the final 35 seconds.

Roethlisberger is one of the most efficient passers in NFL history. As of 2020, he ranks seventh in career passing yards, 12th in passer rating (94.3), ninth in yards per attempt (7.8) and 12th in pass completion percentage (64.4%) among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passes attempted in career. He also has the fourth-highest regular season winning percentage (71.0%) among quarterbacks with at least 100 starts.

Off the field, Roethlisberger has been involved in high-profile incidents, including a near-fatal motorcycle crash in 2006 and a rape charge in Lake Tahoe in 2008 and in Milledgeville, Ga., in 2010. Neither charge was prosecuted to an archive.

On July 23, 2011, Roethlisberger married Ashley Harlan, a personal trainer from New Castle, Pennsylvania.