Roethlisberger Surprises Kids At Camp Tomlin
Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger surprised youngsters at the Old Spice Coach Tomlin Football Camp today
Youngsters attending Coach Mike Tomlin's youth football camp at Mars Area High School got a surprise visit from Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger today.
Throughout the week, Steelers players Heath Miller, Brett Keisel and Chris Hoke have spent time working with the campers at The Old Spice Coach Tomlin Football Camp.
Roethlisberger stopped by the campus this morning to spend time with the kids on the final day of the camp.
"I love coming out here and participating with these guys and having fun, seeing the smile on their face," Roethlisberger told KDKA's John Shumway.
"One kid – he dropped a pass," Roethlisberger added, "but he was excited because he got to at least attempt to catch it. To see the smile on some of the kids' faces when they catch touchdowns and they're high-fiving and – it just it brings joy to your life!"
For the last two years, Roethlisberger has led the camp; but developments over the past few months necessitated that he step away from leading the camp this year.
Earlier this week, some youngsters who attended the camp in previous years said they missed having Roethlisberger around.
"Ben used to play with us more," Bethany Carcaise of Illinois told KDKA on Monday. "He acted like a kid!"
Carcaise was thrilled by the quarterback's surprise appearance today. "I was really excited 'cause I wanted to see him!"
She wasn't alone.
"It was fun playing with Ben and it was pretty cool that I got to meet Ben this year," Noah Willard of Darlinton said.
Coach Tomlin, who brought his own 8- and 9-year-old sons to the camp, told KDKA that he fully expects the QB to be back at the helm next year. "That is our full intention, absolutely. In the meanwhile, I get to babysit it and that's fun also. I might be back next year, too!"
Roethlisberger said he enjoyed his time at the camp today -- making it clear that it's his intention to be back next year as well.
"I'm having a blast... I'm sweating more than most of these kids, running around, and I'm dying out here; but if they have fun, I'm having fun!"