Ken, an engineer and former college quarterback and pitcher at Georgia Tech, by then had remarried, and Ben calls Brenda Roethlisberger "Mom."
People around Findlay pointed to Ken
and Brenda's influence as crucial to Ben's success -- and that of his
younger sister, Carlee, who now plays basketball at the University of Oklahoma
, is running his
foundation and is taking over the interviews of applicants for one of the quarterback's favorite endeavors, giving police departments money for police dogs.
The quarterback's off-season is dominated by golf.
has a home in a Greensboro, Ga., resort community called Reynolds Plantation that has five golf courses, and he
spends time between there and various charitable causes, including charity basketball games in Findlay and Pittsburgh, not to mention the American Century Celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev., which he
attended last month and where the alleged sexual assault occurred last summer.
Asked about the pains that come with his
son's celebrity status -- he
would not comment on the civil suit -- Ken Roethlisberger
said it has its good side, too.
Especially for a golfer.
star power "gets him on some pretty good courses," Ken Roethlisberger
said with a laugh.
"So there's a benefit to it, there's definitely a benefit."
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.
In 2006, WPXI-TV sent a young reporter to his Washington's Landing townhouse to look into complaints from neighbors -- some large cars and SUVs do not fit into the garages at the development, and Mr. Roethlisberger
and other Steelers were parking them on the narrow streets, to the annoyance of some. (Former players Plaxico Burress, Chad Scott, Marvel Smith and Duce Staley also lived in the community.)
When Mr. Roethlisberger
does halftime autograph sessions at charity Steelers basketball games, he
has to be placed behind the scorer's table so he
is not overrun.