The American professional footballer Ben Roethlisberger plays as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After doing his NFL draft since 2004, he has remained a very important player on the team and has set many NFL records. Roethlisberger has joined the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who played until the late 1930s, but it remains to be seen if he will continue to play like Brady until his early 40s.
For sports, the man known as Big Ben has become famous, although he also has a very interesting private life. Here you can find out everything about him.
Ben Roethlisberger Bio (Age)
The footballer was born on March 2, 1982, in Lima, Ohio, as Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. His parents, Kenneth Todd Roethlisberger and Ida Jane Foust divorced when he was just 2 years old and when he was 8 years old he lost his mother in a car accident. This scar remained with him over all these years, because the day he lost it, she wanted to pick him up to go skating.
Even before that he had stayed with his father and his stepmother Brenda Roethlisberger, whom he said he was very blessed to have in his life.
Ben Roethlisberger grew up alongside his sister in an athletic family because his father, who graduated from Elida High School’s Hall of Fame for athletic ability, also played as a quarterback in his college days at Georgia Tech before he left the game due to a knee injury. His mother was also interested in athletics, as was his sister, who played basketball.
Career and Injury History
Roethlisberger attended Findlay High School and then the University of Miami, where he excelled as a soccer player. This paved the way for the 2004 NFL Draft and he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will remain the only team he has continued to play for. In his very long career, he became Super Bowl Champion twice and managed 6 Pro Bowls among many other records.
It is not without its problems to achieve many successes, including the first QB, which started two consecutive conference championship matches, as Ben Roethlisberger also has an injury history, but this did not stop him from rising to the top of the sport.
He was first sidelined in 2008 due to a shoulder injury and suffered a foot injury in 2010. The following year (2011) he injured his leg and fought with it a lot. In 2012 this quarterback missed three games for the same reason. In 2015, he had another injury that kept him out of the game for a while and resulted in a knee injury the following year.
His Wife and Kids
If you happen to wonder if the NFL star is married, you should know that he is. He married Ashley Harlan in July 2011, whom he met through a mutual friend in 2005 and with whom he got together soon after.
When the first rumors began to circulate that the two of them were dating, there were people who couldn’t help but wonder why Ashley, or even any woman for that matter, decided to marry Big Ben given the notorious reputation he had allegedly built.
This referred to two cases of sexual assault that were brought against him. In 2008, he was accused by Andrea McNulty, a former casino hotel hostess, of having sexually abused her. Also in 2010, he was accused of the same thing by a student who was 20 years old at the time. While the first rape case ended with a settlement, the second case was not pursued due to lack of evidence. Nonetheless, he was still suspended for six games for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct rules and forced to participate in the league’s professional conduct evaluation program.
The relationship between Ben and Ashley Harlan survived all of this and after he proposed to her on Christmas Day 2010, they decided to become husband and wife the very next year.
Today they are the parents of three beautiful children, the first of whom, Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, was born in 2012. Baylee Marie Roethlisberger, the second, was born in 2014, while the third, Bodie Roethlisberger, was born in 2017. As you have probably guessed, the family now lives in Pittsburgh.
Net Worth and Salary
For a man who has worked as long and as hard as Roethlisberger, you would expect him to have a good equity capital. Yes, he does. The NFL star is estimated to have net assets of $71 million. He has come to earn his fortune from football and his other investments.
In 2015, Ben Roethlisberger was granted a contract extension which provides for him to work for the Steelers for the next four years. The contract was worth over $87 million with an average annual salary of $21.8 million. Even more interesting is that his previous contract with the club was signed in 2008 and was worth $102 million for eight years.
Roethlisberger’s Height and Weight
The moment you hear that someone is a football player or even has a career in the NFL, the first thing that comes to mind is a good physique. This is especially true when you consider that the average height of quarterbacks, which includes Roethlisberger, is 6 feet 4 inches. It gets even more interesting when you know that Ben has a height of 1.96 m (6 feet 5 inches) and a bodyweight of 109 kg (240 lb).