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Old 10-09-2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Miami of Ohio to Retire Ben's #7

October 9, 2007
Miami Of Ohio To Retire Ben's Number


In a pregame ceremony this Saturday, October 13th, Miami University will retire jersey number 7 in honor of one of its greatest athletes, football superstar Ben Roethlisberger. He becomes only the third athlete in Miami football history to have his number retired.




The former RedHawk quarterback, now a star with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, led Coach Terry Hoeppner's 2003 club to 13 consecutive victories, a Mid-American Conference Championship, and a victory in the GMAC Bowl. Roethlisberger earned Third-Team All-America honors during his record-breaking junior season. A three-time MVP at Miami, "Big Ben" smashed the school's passing records from 2001-03, achieving nearly unreachable career records of 10,829 passing yards and 84 touchdown passes.



Among the special guests who are attending Saturday's ceremony will be his parents, Ken and Brenda Roethlisberger, and Jane Hoeppner, the wife of the late Terry Hoeppner. Also expected in attendance are the only other two Miami football players who have had their jersey numbers retired: Bob Hitchens (#40), a legendary running back who played from 1971-73, and John Pont (#42), who not only played for MU (1949-51) but also served as the school's head coach (1956-62).



At this time, there is no specific word on whether Ben will attend the ceremony. If I hear further, I will post it.



Also, Terry Hoeppner, the beloved Miami coach who died this past summer, will be honored by the University on Saturday with a special commemorative plaque that will hang in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza. Hoeppner, who compiled a record of 48 wins and 25 losses from 1999-2004, will be represented by his wife, Jane.

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Old 10-09-2007, 06:07 PM   #2
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Default Re: Miami of Ohio to Retire Ben's #7

With the Steelers having a bye week, I am sure he'll be attending this great honor. They normally won't do it without the person being present.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:07 PM   #3
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Default Re: Miami of Ohio to Retire Ben's #7

That is awesome. What a huge accomplishment for Ben. I bet his parents are so proud of him and I hope he's able to make it. That's also cool that they will be honoring Hoeppner because Ben always spoke highly of him.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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Great for Ben. Hopefully he plays well enough and gets us some more Super Bowl rings so that he can have his Steelers jersey retired.
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Default Re: Miami of Ohio to Retire Ben's #7

^ooh I hope so
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Great job by Ben.

Here's to retiring his number for the Steelers in the distant future.
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Great job by Ben.

Here's to retiring his number for the Steelers in the distant future.
I'll join you. Maybe then Ben will get the credit he deserves.
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i dont know why he wouldnt be there. it would be pretty classless to not show up for your number retiring ceremony.. especially with your parents there..
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i dont know why he wouldnt be there. it would be pretty classless to not show up for your number retiring ceremony.. especially with your parents there..
lol I wouldn't put it past him... Ben ditched a Pro Bowl a couple of years ago because he needed to attend the 'Oscars' (according to Rich Eisen at least).. Although having your number retired somewhere is a lot different.
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He will show up...

unless he has a REALLY good excuse...


It's kinda funny how people like to get down on Ben
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