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Big Ben heads to the home of the original Big Ben

Ben Roethlisberger AP

Long before Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger picked up the nickname “Big Ben,” there was a large clock tower just off the Thames River in London that had a bell that went by the same name.

Now the two Big Bens are coming together in advance of the Steelers’ visit to Wembley Stadium to take on the Vikings during the 2013 season. Roethlisberger will be in the United Kingdom this week to promote that game as well as remind Londoners about why we’re celebrating Independence Day this Thursday.

Mostly he’ll be there to promote the game, though. Roethlisberger will hold a forum Tuesday with 30 fans selected to ask him questions about his career, playing in London and more. The fans have to be members of the Union Jax, the UK fan club for the Jaguars that NFLUK launched to celebrate Jacksonville’s commitment to playing games in the UK for the next four seasons.

With a new member of the royal family coming any day now, Roethlisberger might also want to leave a few boxes of Terrible Towels at Buckingham Palace for Prince William. You can never have enough towels on hands with a newborn in the house, so you might as well take advantage of that by marketing the team to a potential new fan at the same time.

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32 Responses to “Big Ben heads to the home of the original Big Ben”
  1. cpo187 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    Oh how ironic and clever they must feel to pull off a stunt like this. Football is getting a little too crazy for me when a Big Ben meets the Big Ben.

  2. jack3dsd says: Jul 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    isn’t it a curse to disrespect the terrible towel

  3. daburgher says: Jul 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    I am against a franchise in London, however, I would love to be able to attend this game

  4. commonsensedude says: Jul 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    Maybe the Brits should ring the bell on the original Big Ben to warn the ladies of London about the other Big Ben.

  5. carltonbanks26 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:08 AM

    Note to the author from a Ravens fan here in London:

    Big Ben is not the name of the clock tower, it’s the name of the actual bell inside the tower. It’s a common mistake made even by most Brits.

    JOSH ALPER: Had no idea, thanks for the info.

  6. nolahxc says: Jul 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    Hide yo kids, hide yo wife!

  7. thedoubleentandres says: Jul 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    As a UK die hard Broncos fan I was against the whole London franchise proposal for a long time but the more I thought about it the more I fell in love with the idea
    I stuck up my latest blog, discussing the proposal and I would love any feedback. Give the ol name a click, ye football starved.

  8. nyfootballgiants says: Jul 1, 2013 11:31 AM

    He is also known as Genital Ben. Hopefully there are no stories about this knickname…..

  9. oldirtyman says: Jul 1, 2013 11:37 AM

    I hate the fact the NFL feels the need to play games in dirty old London. A game between the best RB in the game and one of the best running defenses should not be played in a foreign country. I am sure there would be no problem selling this game out in Minn or PA. They have a Jaguars fan club, How much do they really follow the NFL?

  10. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 1, 2013 11:43 AM

    The British press is going to eat him alive. They couldn’t care less about his wobbly checkdowns and desperate hail marys.

  11. blackmagic7 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:52 AM

    … I’m more excited about the matchup itself rather than being in London.

    Vikings vs. Steelers is an awesome matchup for a long time NFL fan.

  12. schmitty2 says: Jul 1, 2013 11:57 AM

    “Look kids-Big Ben, Parliment!”

  13. carltonbanks26 says: Jul 1, 2013 12:00 PM

    @oldirtyman

    Most people here don’t follow the NFL at all. But those of us who do follow it do so avidly and voraciously. Not a day goes by when I’m not going online first thing to find even the smallest bit of football news to get me through the long off-season.

    I agree, it’s a shame for US fans to have games taken away from you. It is your game after all.

  14. jh4prez says: Jul 1, 2013 12:01 PM

    Maybe the Brits should ring the bell on the original Big Ben to warn the ladies of London about the other Big Ben.

    Steelers fan here but this is hilarious!!

  15. t8ertot says: Jul 1, 2013 12:18 PM

    Automatic loss for both teams. The winning team will lose the following week in the states

  16. CKL says: Jul 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    Anyone else think it’s weird they send a Steeler player over who has to then entertain questions from only a Jaguars fan club? Say what?

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    Big Ben is going to get his clock cleaned by the Vikings. Or maybe I should have said he’ll get his bell rung.

  18. citizenstrange says: Jul 1, 2013 1:05 PM

    British fans might be a little underwhelmed by Roethlisberger since his Steelers NFL football offense usually scores less per game than a traditional European football team.

  19. seaeagle707 says: Jul 1, 2013 1:40 PM

    Oh I say chaps, please be so good as to lock up your young birds for the occasion. We wouldn’t want there to be a terrible diplomatic entanglement, such as happened oh, these many years ago with that Chamberlain fellow who hied across the Channel.

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    “British fans might be a little underwhelmed by Roethlisberger since his Steelers NFL football offense usually scores less per game than a traditional European football team.”

    ZING!

  21. nickster31 says: Jul 1, 2013 2:26 PM

    t8ertot says:
    Jul 1, 2013 12:18 PM
    Automatic loss for both teams. The winning team will lose the following week in the states

    ***********************************

    Both teams have a bye week the following week, which is customary for the teams that play an overseas game.

  22. jpaq68 says: Jul 1, 2013 2:56 PM

    I predict Big Ben will lose fifty pounds while he’s visiting London.

    It will be stolen from him by British hookers.

  23. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo says: Jul 1, 2013 3:02 PM

    Wonder if he has bodyguards with him and are they going bar hopping tonight. Stay away from the bathrooms, ladies.

  24. roamingdick says: Jul 1, 2013 3:27 PM

    Hi all,
    I am a UK Steelers fan and will be going to the forum Tomorrow ( Tuesday 2nd ) cannot wait
    as these chances do not come round to often for us Brits!!. We are very lucky to have games played over here and also to be able to get close with forums etc, Thank you NFL.
    Will be going to both games so well pleased.
    Richard.

  25. relggigeht says: Jul 1, 2013 3:53 PM

    Steeler Nation Rules!
    The rest of you punks drool.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jul 1, 2013 11:43 AM
    The British press is going to eat him alive. They couldn’t care less about his wobbly checkdowns and desperate hail marys.

    6 46 But you do as evidenced by your trolling every steeler thread. How is you know so much about the British Press….I got it, as chief troll you are all knowing. You need to say a coupe of hail rays for our sorry soul.

  27. relggigeht says: Jul 1, 2013 4:14 PM

    Combining Joe Montana and Joe Flacco….lmao

  28. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 1, 2013 4:54 PM

    “Combining Joe Montana and Joe Flacco….lmao”

    It’s because they are the only two QBs to throw 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in the post season. Get it?

    Kind of like using the handle: “BenTheRippersberger”

    Get it?

  29. Robinson says: Jul 1, 2013 9:30 PM

    Try not to rape anyone while you’re in town, eh gov’nah?

  30. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jul 2, 2013 2:25 AM

    LOL at JAX having 30 UK fans. I’m not 100% sure JAX has 30 JAX fans.

  31. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 2, 2013 5:08 AM

    It should be a good game.

  32. mjacksonesq says: Jul 2, 2013 2:22 PM

    The reason the Jaguars have 30+ fans in the UK is because Steelers fans who wanted to the chance to meet Ben had to sign up the the Jaguars fan club. It was a pathetically transparent marketing effort.

    BTW can we stop with the rape jokes now?

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