It is for sports that the man called Big Ben is known, although he also has a very interesting personal life. Here’s everything you need to know about him.
Ben Roethlisberger Bio (Age)
The footballer was born Benjamin ToddRoethlisberger Sr. on March 2, 1982, in Lima, Ohio. His parents, Kenneth Todd Roethlisberger and Ida Jane Foust divorced when he was just a 2-year-old boy and when he was 8 he lost his mother in a car accident. It’s a scar that stayed with him throughout the years because the day he lost her, she came to pick him up to skate.
Even before that, he had stayed with his father and stepmother, Brenda Roethlisberger, both of whom he said he was very happy to have in his life.
Ben Roethlisberger was raised alongside his sister in a family that was athletic like his father who made High School Hall of Fame Elida for his athletic abilities also played as a quarterback in his college days at Georgia Tech before leaving the game following a knee injury. His mother was also keen on athletics, as was his sister who played basketball.
Career and injury history
Roethlisberger went to Findlay High School and then to the University of Miami where he excelled as a football player, paving the way for him to the 2004 NFL Draft and being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers who will remain the only team for which he continued to play. During his very long career, he became a two-time Super Bowl champion and achieved 6 Pro Bowls, among many other records.
Making plenty of accomplishments, including the first QB to start two straight conference championship games, doesn’t come without its problems, as Ben Roethlisberger also has a history of injuries, although that hasn’t stopped him from rising to the top of the sport.
He was first sidelined with a shoulder injury in 2008 and suffered a foot injury in 2010. The following year (2011) he injured his leg and fought it a lot . 2012 saw this quarterback miss three games for the same reason. He suffered another injury in 2015 which kept him out of action for a while and suffered a knee injury the following year.
His wife and children
If by any chance you’re wondering if the NFL star is married, just know that he is. He got married in July 2011 to Ashley Harlan whom he met through a mutual friend in 2005 and started dating soon after.
When the rumors started that the two were dating, there were people who couldn’t help but wonder why Ashley or indeed any woman would decide to marry Big Ben considering the famous reputation he would have built. .
This was in reference to two sexual assault cases that were brought against him. In 2008 he was accused by Andrea McNulty who was a former casino hotel hostess of sexually assaulting her. Also in 2010, he was accused of the same thing by a student who was then 20 years old. Although the first rape case ended in a settlement, the second was not prosecuted due to lack of evidence. Nonetheless, he was still suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and he was forced to complete the league’s performance evaluation program.
Ben and Ashley Harlan’s relationship survived it all and after he proposed to her on Christmas Day 2010, they decided to become man and wife the following year.
Today, the two are parents to three beautiful children with the first, Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger born in 2012. Baylee Marie Roethlisberger who was the second came in 2014 while the third, Bodie Roethlisberger was born in 2017. As you must guessed it, Pittsburgh is where the family now lives.
Net Worth and Salary
For a man who has worked as long as Roethlisberger and as hard, one would expect him to have a good net worth. Yes, it does. The NFL star is said to have a net worth of $71 million. He came to make his fortune through football and his other investments.
In 2015, Ben Roethlisberger was granted a contract extension that would see him stay with the Steelers for the next four years. The contract was worth over $87 million with an average annual salary of $21.8 million. The only thing more interesting than that is that his previous contract with the club was signed in 2008 and it was worth $102m for eight years.
Roethlisberger’s Height and Width
The moment you hear that someone is a football player or even has an NFL career, the first thing that comes to mind is that they have a good body type. This is especially true when you consider that the average height of quarterbacks, including Roethlisberger, is 6-foot-4. It becomes more interesting to know that Ben has a height of 1.96m and a body weight of 109kg.