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    Positive Story About Ben?

    I remember reading a year a two ago, either here or on the old forum, a very positive story about Ben. It was training camp, he was leaving practice, and stopped to sign an autograph for a disabled child, something along those lines. From what I remember, he went above and beyond.

    Does anybody remember that? Anybody have a link to that post by any chance?

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    I started a thread with a similar topic titled " Positive Ben Thread. " I didn't read anything there about what you are asking. The only positive stuff that came up was, he's a good ball player and he motioned someone to go ahead at a four way intersection while in traffic.

    I'm just glad Ben wasn't wearing the shirt that reads.

    " In America there are over 200,000 battered women each year, and all this time I've been eating mine plain. "

    Maybe he will wear it to his hearing ?

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

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    But there are far fewer people who really know Mr. Roethlisberger now than when Pittsburgh first reached out to touch him.

    Away from the football field, Mr. Roethlisberger can be remarkably generous with money and time for charitable causes, yet stingy and curt with service industry workers. He is warm with those closest to him, yet keeps a tight inner circle and is zealously protective of his privacy.

    A couple of years ago, Mr. Roethlisberger's former basketball coach and athletic director at Findlay High School, Jerry Snodgrass, told his former pupil he was amazed at the power Mr. Roethlisberger had to do good in the world.

    "And do bad also," Mr. Roethlisberger responded.

    "I was glad to see him go through what pro sports make you -- fame, fortune, whatever -- and understand the power he had from that," Mr. Snodgrass said. "I always felt he was in control of that and always knew the consequences."
    "He walks through the door and people will start calling," Ken Roethlisberger, Ben's father, said. "We'll be places and all of a sudden people will show up with a football -- a store, where somebody wouldn't normally be carrying a football. We've seen people run to stores to buy something and show back up to get an autograph. And he's not the kind to turn people away, so the best thing you can do is get out of there as quick as you can."
    He was described as friendly but quiet as a high school student. His old coaches said he had the confidence of a big-time athlete, but he was never too ****y nor was he a troublemaker. Old friend Mike Iriti said he never saw Mr. Roethlisberger drink alcohol until they were well into college.
    Still, the 27-year-old is adamant about protecting his privacy -- he would not be interviewed for this story and threatened to stop interviews at training camp last week when questions touched on the lawsuit. This sensitivity goes back years -- one of the reasons he didn't attend Ohio State University was because a recruiter from the football powerhouse mispronounced his Swiss surname.

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    Quote Originally Posted by fezziwig
    I started a thread with a similar topic titled " Positive Ben Thread. " I didn't read anything there about what you are asking. The only positive stuff that came up was, he's a good ball player and he motioned someone to go ahead at a four way intersection while in traffic.

    I'm just glad Ben wasn't wearing the shirt that reads.

    " In America there are over 200,000 battered women each year, and all this time I've been eating mine plain. "

    Maybe he will wear it to his hearing ?
    Sorry -- I even read that thread as well.

    I can't remember if that story was posted here or if it was from the Trib Board, in which case it is likely gone forever.

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    Found it - here it is:

    This was posted by Mike Lorello's father on the Trib board a few years ago when Mike was in our camp.....take from this what you will.
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    sorry I have not provided an update for a couple of days...with our daughter getting married in September and getting back late from camp, time just seems to fly by.....so let me tell you a little story that occurred after practice last Thursday that gives all of us a little insight into Big Ben's character....

    for those of you who have been to the camp you know that many of the players spend time signing autographs after practice is over....it is a mad house and you need to give all of them credit for taking the time, particularly in these hot and muggy conditions after a pretty strenuous practice session....

    well Ben, Willie, Troy, Jeff, Ike, etc. did their thing and spent almost a half an hour signing autographs....but when Ben finally got to the door of the locker room building there was a little girl (I'm going to guess she was 9-10) in a wheelchair...and I am guessing by her actions, she suffers from cerebral palsy...and we have all seen how those with this terrible disorder react when they get excited and they just make your heart feel warm because you want to join them in their joy...well when this little girl saw Ben she absolutely glowed..Ben immediately saw her and went right to her...gave her a big hug, talked with her for awhile, let the child's mother take pictures...I mean it was such a wonderful sight I got tears in my eyes...

    but that is not the end of the story....after Ben went into the building the little girl was still bubbling and the folks around her (family I believe) were sharing her moment with her....then about five minutes later Ben reappeared...this time he had a brand new NFL football and he sat down on the concrete next to the girl and started talking with her...I think he was asking her her name and what she liked, etc....he then took the ball and began writing a message on it and when he was finished he presented her with the ball, gave her a great big hug and kiss and returned to the locker room...ladies and gentlemen at this time I was crying and so were several other people who saw what Ben did....now that is being a STEELER!!!!...Ben did something this little girl will remember forever and for a brief time, I know she forgot about her illness and just loved the moment...and so did I...
    http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3...php?f=2&t=6837

    Props to Crash for saving this.

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq
    Found it - here it is:

    This was posted by Mike Lorello's father on the Trib board a few years ago when Mike was in our camp.....take from this what you will.
    __________________________________________________ _____

    sorry I have not provided an update for a couple of days...with our daughter getting married in September and getting back late from camp, time just seems to fly by.....so let me tell you a little story that occurred after practice last Thursday that gives all of us a little insight into Big Ben's character....

    for those of you who have been to the camp you know that many of the players spend time signing autographs after practice is over....it is a mad house and you need to give all of them credit for taking the time, particularly in these hot and muggy conditions after a pretty strenuous practice session....

    well Ben, Willie, Troy, Jeff, Ike, etc. did their thing and spent almost a half an hour signing autographs....but when Ben finally got to the door of the locker room building there was a little girl (I'm going to guess she was 9-10) in a wheelchair...and I am guessing by her actions, she suffers from cerebral palsy...and we have all seen how those with this terrible disorder react when they get excited and they just make your heart feel warm because you want to join them in their joy...well when this little girl saw Ben she absolutely glowed..Ben immediately saw her and went right to her...gave her a big hug, talked with her for awhile, let the child's mother take pictures...I mean it was such a wonderful sight I got tears in my eyes...

    but that is not the end of the story....after Ben went into the building the little girl was still bubbling and the folks around her (family I believe) were sharing her moment with her....then about five minutes later Ben reappeared...this time he had a brand new NFL football and he sat down on the concrete next to the girl and started talking with her...I think he was asking her her name and what she liked, etc....he then took the ball and began writing a message on it and when he was finished he presented her with the ball, gave her a great big hug and kiss and returned to the locker room...ladies and gentlemen at this time I was crying and so were several other people who saw what Ben did....now that is being a STEELER!!!!...Ben did something this little girl will remember forever and for a brief time, I know she forgot about her illness and just loved the moment...and so did I...
    http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3...php?f=2&t=6837

    Props to Crash for saving this.
    WOW, those ripping Ben a new one now should be reading that thread from 9 months ago.

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    I think Ben is like most of us...capable of great good and capable of great douchebaggery. Right now he is being defined by the later...not that this event makes Ben. I believe he will learn from this and grow. With that said, it might not be as a Steeler. Shoot, it might not even be as a free man.

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    Eltrain was a good guy. Haven't seen him since his son Mike Lorello was cut by the Steelers a few years ago. Anyone know if he posts somewhere else now?

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn
    I think Ben is like most of us...capable of great good and capable of great douchebaggery. Right now he is being defined by the later...not that this event makes Ben. I believe he will learn from this and grow. With that said, it might not be as a Steeler. Shoot, it might not even be as a free man.
    Well put. Michael Vick is a changed man now.

    I spent time teaching in an inmate GED program in a state prison, and met a surprising number of thoughtful, decent people who had some personality flaw or weakness that had, even if briefly, consumed them to the point of ruining their lives. Some were bitter, others recognized the error of their ways... many of the latter developed a deep faith in God that was very instructive to me.

    Ben has a lot of growing up to do... but now his reckless behavior has become a problem to the point where other peoples' lives are being ruined by it, and THAT isa problem. This has, to me, grown beyond being a football issue. Truthfully, I just pray for both parties involved, that they can move on from this.

    While we're at it, I'd include Ben's first accuser, because unfortunately, it is quite possible that something like what just happened to Ben's second accuser happened to her... often such incidents can CAUSE young women to become mentally unbalanced.

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    Re: Positive Story About Ben?

    Quote Originally Posted by TallyStiller
    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn
    I think Ben is like most of us...capable of great good and capable of great douchebaggery. Right now he is being defined by the later...not that this event makes Ben. I believe he will learn from this and grow. With that said, it might not be as a Steeler. Shoot, it might not even be as a free man.
    Well put. Michael Vick is a changed man now.

    I spent time teaching in an inmate GED program in a state prison, and met a surprising number of thoughtful, decent people who had some personality flaw or weakness that had, even if briefly, consumed them to the point of ruining their lives. Some were bitter, others recognized the error of their ways... many of the latter developed a deep faith in God that was very instructive to me.

    Ben has a lot of growing up to do... but now his reckless behavior has become a problem to the point where other peoples' lives are being ruined by it, and THAT isa problem. This has, to me, grown beyond being a football issue. Truthfully, I just pray for both parties involved, that they can move on from this.

    While we're at it, I'd include Ben's first accuser, because unfortunately, it is quite possible that something like what just happened to Ben's second accuser happened to her... often such incidents can CAUSE young women to become mentally unbalanced.
    Everyone's bottom is different. And I believe most of us have some self destructive habits and desires. Most of us have played with those behaviors. It really doesn't matter if we are talking about sex, porn, drugs, alcohol, greed, gluttony etc...it all comes from the same place. The end results are very similar. They end with divorce, loss of profession/job, sickness, mental illness and/or death.

    Hopefully, Ben has experienced enough consequences to rethink the way he is living his life. If he hasn't...well he will experience a new bottom. These things will only get worse. And Ben has an issue/isues...no doubt about it in my mind. I just hope he realizes it and has gained enough humility to change.

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