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tony hipchest
05-07-2006, 01:06 PM
Roethlisberger heading back to his Swiss roots
Friday, May 5, 2006

http://media3.steelers.com/article/63869/

Ben Roethlisberger is headed to Switzerland with his family to explore his Swiss roots. Steelers.com will be bringing you complete coverage of his trip and Steelers Team Pass Members will be able to watch video of the trip.

Swissroots.org will be assisting Roethlisberger and his family on the tour and took time to interview him before the plans for the trip were finalized. The following is a segment of that interview.

Swiss Roots: Congratulations on winning the Super Bowl! What was the most memorable experience from your time in Detroit?

Ben Roethlisberger: Thanks! It was great being in Detroit for the game. I've dreamed about playing in the Super Bowl since I was a kid?I'm sure playing in the Super Bowl is something every kid dreams about?and to just be there and do it was a dream come true. Seeing all the Super Bowl banners of your team and the pictures of yourself just feels amazing.

Swiss Roots: What was the reception like back in Pittsburgh?

Ben Roethlisberger: That was kind of when it all started to really sink in. It didn't fully hit me until we got back, and [the parade] kind of made it seem like "Wow, this actually happened, and this is actually real." That's the other thing: you see all these other people and their parades, whether it's the New York Yankees or the Chicago Bulls, and when you're riding in your team's parade, and there are a half a million people packed in the streets, going crazy for you? it was just absolutely amazing.

Swiss Roots: How has your life changed since the Super Bowl?

Ben Roethlisberger: Well, it's been a whirlwind, and this is kind of the first chance I've had to relax a little bit and enjoy it, but more people know who I am now, and it's harder to go anywhere and not be recognized, especially in Pittsburgh. Pictures, autographs? it's incredible how many more people recognize me now.

Swiss Roots: The Swiss media is writing more and more about American football, in part because of you. How does that make you feel?

Ben Roethlisberger: I think it's great. It's awesome that I can help spread the love of football that America has to other people who maybe don't get to experience it as much as we do. And hopefully, people will start to pick up on it more over there and enjoy it as much as we do.

Swiss Roots: Have you received fan mail from Swiss residents or people with Swiss roots living in the U.S.?

Ben Roethlisberger: Yes, I have, especially on my website. I get emails coming in from people thanking me for making Swiss people proud and asking if I'll ever get over to Switzerland for a visit.

Swiss Roots: Are you comfortable with being "the face" of Switzerland or, in other words, one of the most well-known celebrities of Swiss descent living in the U.S.?

Ben Roethlisberger: It's great, and I would love that responsibility. I'm becoming the face of a lot of things?the Steelers and, kind of, the National Football League now?and I want to make not just my family and friends proud, but also my heritage. So any way that I can make the people of Switzerland proud, that's what I'll do.

Swiss Roots: How much do you know about your Swiss heritage?

Ben Roethlisberger: Honestly, I didn't know a whole lot until recently; then I started feeling it out a little more and hearing a little more about it. Now, when people ask me where I'm from, I'm quick to say, "Well, I'm Swiss." I'm sure I have a lot of things in me, but that's one of the things I tell people?that I'm Swiss.

Swiss Roots: Has anyone in your family ever tried to trace your history?

Ben Roethlisberger: I'm not sure. I think my mom did a little bit, but I'm not sure to what extent?if she just took it back to my grandparents or to my great-grandparents, to their grandparents? Sometimes it's hard to trace those things, and sometimes it's a little easier, but I'm definitely interested in knowing more.

Swiss Roots: Swiss Roots has launched a site where you can trace your roots, meet people from Switzerland, and share Swiss-related stories. What would be your Swiss story?

Ben Roethlisberger: Well, this experience with Swiss Roots is really the first thing I could write about. But it would be a great thing for me, the Swiss Roots program, and for the country of Switzerland, if I could make a trip over there. I think a lot of people would be interested in hearing about that trip, and it would really boost the program and the website.

Swiss Roots: What kind of images do you think of when you think about Switzerland?

Ben Roethlisberger: Going on things I just know in general and have heard from other people, it's an absolutely beautiful country. I'm an outdoors kind of guy and love to go fishing and all that stuff, and I think that it's got to be just gorgeous. I'm sure you can just stand outside and spin around in circles and look at the beautiful landscape and just let it take your breath away. So I'm looking forward to that and seeing all the things I know Switzerland has to offer.

Swiss Roots: We're trying to arrange a trip for you to go to Switzerland and show you the sights, including a visit to your great-grandfather's town in the Bernese Emmental.

Ben Roethlisberger: That'd be awesome! If that town is known for their cheese, then I should take my dad: he loves cheeses, and he actually used to work in a cheese factory, so I know he'd love

SteelerzGirl
05-07-2006, 08:41 PM
Awww... Ben is so cute! I wonder if he'll hook up with a Swiss hottie while he's there, or if he'll remain "neutral." :smile:

3 to be 4
05-07-2006, 09:17 PM
after his trip he'll be going back to practice to work on any holes in his game.

tony hipchest
05-07-2006, 09:27 PM
after this trip he will be able to find all the holes in the defense. he should be well grounded going into next season. i'd hate for him to have a "hole"ier than thou attitude.

3 to be 4
05-07-2006, 09:30 PM
the Bengals stink like Limberger

HburgXL06
05-07-2006, 10:00 PM
the Bengals stink like Limberger

Lol. Where do we sign you up for OCD testin? It's all good no harm in hatin a bit on the bengals.

BuFu

siss
05-08-2006, 01:02 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/nfl/05/08/bc.fbn.switzerland.roethlisberger.s.ap/index.html
Here is more coverage.

HburgXL06
05-08-2006, 01:48 PM
Can we say the Steelers have gone international now? So far Hines Ward has gone to South Korea, Ben Roethlisberger has gone to Switzerland, and both have gone there and have been welcomed as heroes and star representatives of their respective peoples and nations both there and in the US. It's only a matter of time before Troy Polomalu is visitin the Philipines wit the same type of response.

BuFu

Haiku_Dirtt
05-08-2006, 02:27 PM
Emmental cheese futures hit record highs.

Swiss hottie reference is not only funny but probably true - a little less materialism in a Swiss village than in the good ol' USA.

clevestinks
05-08-2006, 02:30 PM
I saw the pic of him on the scooter, one legged, I wanted to say hey Ben, two legs, dont be a soldier! LOL

siss
05-08-2006, 02:43 PM
LOL! He needs to be in a plastic bubble at all times and only let out to play football and eat and excersize. And hey where is his helmet?
However I think he has enough dexterity and balence to handle it!

clevestinks
05-08-2006, 02:47 PM
LOL! He needs to be in a plastic bubble at all times and only let out to play football and eat and excersize. And hey where is his helmet?
However I think he has enough dexterity and balence to handle it!
Yeah I forgot about the helmet, boy he would look like a dork with a helmet on! HA:sofunny:

siss
05-08-2006, 03:20 PM
Thats probably the real reason he doesnt wear one.

tony hipchest
05-09-2006, 09:38 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/nfl/05/08/bc.fbn.switzerland.roethlisberger.s.ap/index.html
Here is more coverage.

heres the same article but with a few pictures. (in case anyone ever wanted to see a picture of ben cutting the cheese)

http://postgazette.com/pg/06129/688616-66.stm

HburgXL06
05-09-2006, 11:18 AM
Man, Switzerland looks so beautiful. I know that sounds gay to say "outloud" but I think it's cool that Europe has this "tightknit" and "oldtime" look to it. It's a great contrast because here we are spread out and new and huge.

Also, did anyone notice how long Ben's hair is gettin? What's up wit that?

BuFu

Suitanim
05-09-2006, 02:48 PM
If anyone needs further proof that Pro Football Talk sucks, the guy there called Ben "The big, dumb guy who was in the right spot at the right time"

83-Steelers-43
05-11-2006, 10:06 AM
Unless you have a collage in a dark corner of your house or apartment that you made of Ben Roethlisberger that is surrounded by candles and animal sacrifices you may not want to read below this point. If you have what I stated above you should seek help anyways.

Am I the only one?????

Personally, living in Pittsburgh the story is starting to become a little overbearing. Open up the paper and every other day there is an article. Turn on the local news and there it is. Go on the official site and every story is "Ben in Switzerland". For the record, I like Ben just as much as the next person, but I personally don't really care about his trip to Switzerland nor what he does with his life outside of football unless it pertains to something that could hurt or help his football career (injured while cutting cheese, getting arrested). I'm sure I'm in minority here, just curious if I'm the only one that feels this way.

HburgXL06
05-11-2006, 10:32 AM
Unless you have a collage in a dark corner of your house or apartment that you made of Ben Roethlisberger that is surrounded by candles and animal sacrifices you may not want to read below this point. If you have what I stated above you should seek help anyways.

Am I the only one?????

Personally, living in Pittsburgh the story is starting to become a little overbearing. Open up the paper and every other day there is an article. Turn on the local news and there it is. Go on the official site and every story is "Ben in Switzerland". For the record, I like Ben just as much as the next person, but I personally don't really care about his trip to Switzerland nor what he does with his life outside of football unless it pertains to something that could hurt or help his football career (injured while cutting cheese, getting arrested). I'm sure I'm in minority here, just curious if I'm the only one that feels this way.

To shorten what you said and to just clarify so I personally understand. You basically sayin you don't really care to hear bout all this and would rather only know about their football career? I'm down with that. I have to be carefule because I often do get too excited to hear news about the players when I realize that they should be able to have a personal life too. It's like those people of love magazines like "People" that are just all about followin around the stars 24/7 and what they wear so what we should wear and what they look like when they get a bagel and......it goes on forever and makes me sick so I have to be careful to not do the same thing to the Steelers players. It's good that he is findin his heritage though. Maybe it would be better if they paper mentioned a paragraph long blurb about it so that people can see he's interested in his roots, that he's takin a trip. Done. Sounds ok to me.

BuFu

83-Steelers-43
05-11-2006, 10:41 AM
To shorten what you said and to just clarify so I personally understand. You basically sayin you don't really care to hear bout all this and would rather only know about their football career? I'm down with that. I have to be carefule because I often do get too excited to hear news about the players when I realize that they should be able to have a personal life too. It's like those people of love magazines like "People" that are just all about followin around the stars 24/7 and what they wear so what we should wear and what they look like when they get a bagel and......it goes on forever and makes me sick so I have to be careful to not do the same thing to the Steelers players. It's good that he is findin his heritage though. Maybe it would be better if they paper mentioned a paragraph long blurb about it so that people can see he's interested in his roots, that he's takin a trip. Done. Sounds ok to me.

BuFu

It's like this. I open up the PPG a few weeks ago and I read something to the effect "Ben to visit his roots in Switzerland". So I'm thinking to myself "Ok, that's cool, I hope he enjoys himself." even though I don't really care what the kid does in his private life.

Then.......

For the next two weeks straight I open up the paper and there is an article. Look!! "Here's Ben standing with a piece of cheese!!!"....."Here's Ben riding a scooter!!!"...."Here's the town where Ben's great grandparents came from!!!"...."Here's a picture of Ben taking a dump in one of the local joints and yes folks, the size of his dookie was exactly six inches long!!!" (made that one up, but you get my point). Overkill.

This is not a bust on people who do find it interesting, I'm just wondering if I'm the only one that does not care.

HburgXL06
05-11-2006, 10:59 AM
It's like this. I open up the PPG a few weeks ago and I read something to the effect "Ben to visit his roots in Switzerland". So I'm thinking to myself "Ok, that's cool, I hope he enjoys himself." even though I don't really care what the kid does in his private life.

Then.......

For the next two weeks straight I open up the paper and there is an article. Look!! "Here's Ben standing with a piece of cheese!!!"....."Here's Ben riding a scooter!!!"...."Here's the town where Ben's great grandparents came from!!!"...."Here's a picture of Ben taking a dump in one of the local joints and yes folks, the size of his dookie was exactly six inches long!!!" (made that one up, but you get my point). Overkill.

This is not a bust on people who do find it interesting, I'm just wondering if I'm the only one that does not care.

Naw, I can relate to that. I don't get it as bad because 1) I'm not in the Pittsburgh area and don't get the PPG and 2) I don't read the paper much anyway and don't get one that often so I wouldn't notice anyway. All that I've heard about this is what I've read on this site. The first article I've read it was good to hear all about that and I felt like you did "hope he has a good time." When the second article came out I don't think I read all the way through and maybe opened some of the pics of him in the square but that was mostly because I've never been to Switzerland and I wanted to know what it looked like and it seemed very nice to me. Past that yea I'll put up that I don't care to know all about everything that is goin on. I'd rather wait til he came back and we just got a brief overview of what he did and what he learned that was important.

BuFu

siss
05-12-2006, 10:31 AM
Okay as someone who is in the "Ben is hot club" (im speaking for most for most of us right now) we are sick of it too. We loved the pictures and the cheese and the puppy and oh did you see him with that horse. It freakin adorable.
But we are glad he is home in the U.S. and we can continue to stalk him on american soil.

Im going to go get help now.

83-Steelers-43
05-12-2006, 10:57 AM
Okay as someone who is in the "Ben is hot club" (im speaking for most for most of us right now) we are sick of it too. We loved the pictures and the cheese and the puppy and oh did you see him with that horse. It freakin adorable.
But we are glad he is home in the U.S. and we can continue to stalk him on american soil.

Im going to go get help now.

More power to you.