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Ben Roethlisberger gets something else to be thankful for

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Steelers fans have enough to worry about with the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, so they will be happy to know that they can strike any worries about the quarterback missing a game for the birth of his first child.

Roethlisberger’s wife Ashley gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday night. Roethlisberger said that he would miss a game for the birth of his son, who the couple named Benjamin Roethlisberger Jr. Given the lack of a timetable for Roethlisberger’s return, there wasn’t much of a chance that he was going to miss a game he would be medically cleared to play but it’s now totally off the table.

The quarterback announced the news on his website Thursday.

“Ashley and I welcomed a healthy, beautiful baby boy into this world. Benjamin Jr. is 7 lbs., 1 oz. and is 19 1/2 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing well. We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. It really means a lot to us. God is so good! We will have pictures to post this weekend. We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving” — Ben, Ashley and Benjamin.”

Congratulations to the whole Roethlisberger clan.

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24 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger gets something else to be thankful for”
  1. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 22, 2012 11:40 AM

    Ben , you have been blessed in many ways. I hope you give him your best and warn him about your worst. Have fun with your little blessing it will go faster than you can imagine. Good luck… Don’t pay attention to many morons soon to comment. They have no soul… Pathetic…

  2. flabtreesports says: Nov 22, 2012 11:44 AM

    Junior is not going to be 7 lbs for long. Congrats Ben and Ashley!

  3. collettegazette says: Nov 22, 2012 11:45 AM

    Was this consensual on the lady’s side? Wonder if she gave birth in the bathroom in her maternity room? Congrats are due either way I guess

  4. st33l3rsf4n4317 says: Nov 22, 2012 11:49 AM

    that’s awesome congratulations Ben and Ashley,now get healthy we need you for the remainder of the season and playoffs

  5. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Nov 22, 2012 11:50 AM

    Mazel tov!

  6. bigcid10 says: Nov 22, 2012 11:57 AM

    Here’s what I think,
    That injury wasn’t as bad as it was Projected
    and he saw this as an opportunity to spend time with his wife without issues from the rooney’s and the fans
    because he knew that she was ready to pop soon anyway
    I’d put money that he Plays in the Baltimore game
    and look Just fine too
    just sayin

  7. ottomanismydog says: Nov 22, 2012 11:57 AM

    Congrats Ben!!!

  8. ravenator says: Nov 22, 2012 11:59 AM

    Congrats Ben. I’ll be expecting the same congratulations when the Ravens sweep you and win the division.

  9. karlton3 says: Nov 22, 2012 12:05 PM

    Anyone else not surprised he named the baby after himself? Congrats though.

  10. steelerrc says: Nov 22, 2012 12:24 PM

    Congrats, Ben and Ashley…..

  11. aljack88 says: Nov 22, 2012 12:34 PM

    All dislikes aside, Congrats on your child.
    Football is just a game, you two have created what it’s really all about.

  12. steelersownyou says: Nov 22, 2012 12:36 PM

    The heir apparent to the throne is born. And he too will also own the ratbirds in years to come. He was born and wrapped unto thee in a terrible towel. To which he shall be endoctrined into thine steeler nation…Amen

  13. bray72 says: Nov 22, 2012 12:52 PM

    I can’t believe the truly silly and asinine comments of so many “fans” from both Steeler supporters and opponents; as though football is the only thing that is important in this lifetime.

    And the judgemental nature of many of the same fans as though they never made youthful mistakes. Just because our youthful mistakes are different than his, does not mean that we are somehow qualified to judge his whole life – especially when he has obviously grown as a man and husband and now father.

    Please look in the mirror before you comment on other’s faults and mistakes. And also realize that his new blessing is more important than your silly and superficial opinions and comments.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  14. riggo08 says: Nov 22, 2012 1:20 PM

    From a Ravens fan, football aside, congrats Big Ben.

  15. ravenscaps48 says: Nov 22, 2012 1:40 PM

    Congratulations to the Roethlisberger’s… Family before Football. Enjoy you little bundle of joy! And I hope your health improves. We may be rivals on the field, but nobody wants to wish a serious injury upon anyone. So speedy recovery, and have fun with Baby Ben.
    Sincerely,
    A Ravens Fan

  16. holeinone09 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:39 PM

    Congratulations and best wishes to Big Ben and family! Truely a reason to give thanks on Thanksgiving.

    And happy Thanksgiving to all out there in PFT land!

  17. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 22, 2012 2:46 PM

    @ravenator

    This is one post you are completely unwelcome on. Your post here is unsincere and does not fool any Steelers fan and you need to learn when to keep quiet and mind Ravens business only. The Ravens dodged a bullet last Sunday and you and the Ravens know it. Anyone who watches that game knows without a second thought that Ben would have beaent them. The Steelers defense embarrassed Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the entire offense and your defense went up against a backup QB with broken ribs without the #1 WR – and barely won the game.

  18. fin72 says: Nov 22, 2012 3:10 PM

    Never a good idea for a famous person to name their kid after them… puts waaay too much pressure on the kid to live up to the name and they never can. Look up what ended up happening to Joe DiMaggio, Jr, and Tommy LaSorda, Jr. to name a couple.

  19. halftermguv says: Nov 22, 2012 4:32 PM

    Anyone posting anything but a positive message on the birth of a couple’s first child needs to take a long look at themselves in a mirror.

    A special thanks to the people of PFT for working on Thanksgiving, we appreciate your work.

  20. choppinwood says: Nov 22, 2012 5:45 PM

    Fatherhood will do him good. That’s the greatest Thanksgiving gift Roethlisberger could have hoped for. Ben has sure come a long way since his indiscretions, and is in a much better place on and off the field.

    Just remember Ben, hold him with your good arm and if he kicks, don’t face-palm lil Junior like you do D-lineman.

    Congrats!

  21. scottpgh72 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    He should be in jail. He had a staged wedding and Hines Ward fathered this baby.

  22. direwolf748 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:31 PM

    is he going to put Roethlisberger Sr on his jersey now? haha

  23. Steeler's Will-enator says: Nov 23, 2012 9:34 AM

    This is just ol’ Ben being a drama queen again.

    J/k Congrats to Ben and Ashley!

  24. steelcurtainn says: Nov 23, 2012 12:15 PM

    Congratulations Big Ben. Get healthy and now lets go bring you, all steelers players and all steeler fans that 7th steelers superbowl title.

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