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Old 04-02-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Roethlisberger to be honored at NFLPLAYERS Gala

Breaking Steeler News: Roethlisberger to be honored at NFLPLAYERS Gala
April 1, 11:05 PM ·

Matt Pawlikowski
Pittsburgh Sports Examiner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On April 16, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and 15 other of the NFL’s biggest heroes will be honored at the NFL PLAYERS Gala featuring the JB Awards, an annual awards presentation hosted by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to benefit Special Olympics DC.

For the sixth consecutive year, the NFLPA and NFL PLAYERS, its licensing and marketing arm, have partnered with James Brown of CBS Sports “The NFL Today” to recognize NFL players for their individual contributions to their communities with the JB Awards. As in years past, award winners will participate in a panel

discussion and will mingle with guests prior to the dinner. These honored players from around the National Football League will also join local Special Olympics athletes for a football clinic, an annual event held the morning of the Gala.

In February, he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a second Super Bowl title after orchestrating a fourth- quarter comeback against the Arizona Cardinals. Since being drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round in 2004, he has completed 1,189 passes and thrown for 14,974 yards and 101 touchdowns.

Roethlisberger currently ranks seventh all-time in NFL passer rating (89.4) and yards per attempt (7.86) among quarterbacks with a minimum of 15,000 career attempts.

In 2008, “Big Ben” engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks, and the one in Super Bowl XLIII helping solidify him as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in NFL history. In last season’s three playoff games, he completed 54 passes for 692 yards and three touchdowns, one of which was the game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the final 35 seconds of the Super Bowl.

After just five seasons in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger’s name is already written all over the record books. He currently leads the Steelers in passer rating, completion percentage, yards per attempt, 300-yard passing games and 3,000-yard passing seasons. He is second in franchise history in passing touchdowns, passing yards, wins as a starting quarterback and games with a passer rating over 100.

A leader in every sense of the word, Roethlisberger established the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to support two of his favorite causes. The organization has a local focus on enhancing the quality of life for residents of his hometown of Findlay, Ohio and Pittsburgh. Nationally, the foundation provides support for service dogs of police and fire departments.

Roethlisberger also sponsors the Giving Back Fund, a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing philanthropy around the world through innovative programs and initiatives.

This year’s honorees are:

Gary Brackett, Indianapolis
Drew Brees, New Orleans
Isaac Bruce, San Francisco
Greg Camarillo, Miami
Rock Cartwright, Washington
Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia
Chris Draft, St. Louis
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Joe Flacco, Baltimore
Mike Furrey, Detroit
Tony Pashos, Jacksonville
Clinton Portis, Washington
David Thornton, Tennessee
Kurt Warner, Arizona
Daniel Wilcox, Baltimore
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
*Teams listed are those that nominated the athletes
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Roethlisberger to be honored at NFLPLAYERS Gala

What did Flacco do to get nominated? Shave his unibrow?
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Congrats, Ben. Keep up the good work!
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