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Engineer and College Quarterback and Pitcher
Georgia Tech

Quarterback and Pitcher
Yellow Jackets

Quarterback
Bulldogs

Education



OSU



Ohio State

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Ken, an engineer and former ...

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Ken, an engineer and former college quarterback and pitcher at Georgia Tech, by then had remarried, and Ben calls Brenda Roethlisberger "Mom."

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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.
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His father, Ken, 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. He 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.
His 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.)
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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.


Ken, an engineer and former ...

www.post-gazette.com [cached]

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.
...
His father, Ken, 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. He 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.
His 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.)
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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.


Big Ben News :: Articles :: Roethlisberger's two moms remain close to his heart

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Roethlisberger's two moms remain close to his heart

DAYTON, Ohio -- She said the first time she saw it was soon after he'd left Findlay High for Miami University.
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So was Ken Roethlisberger, Ben's dad, who went on to Georgia Tech as both a quarterback and pitcher for the Yellow Jackets.
Ida and Ken eventually married and had Ben.
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But when their boy was about 2, Ida moved to Lima, the couple divorced and Ken got sole custody.
While Ken raised Ben on his own, twice a month, Fran said, Ida would pick Ben up and he'd spend the weekend with her.
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A few years after the divorce, Ken was playing a pick-up basketball game over the lunch hour at the Van Wert YMCA. That's where he fell for Brenda -- literally.
She was an athlete herself.
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"Ken really stepped up and helped Ben through it in every way."
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And through it all, Ken made sure Fran and Frank remained an active part of Ben's life.
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The Fousts joined the Roethlisbergers -- Ken and Brenda, their 16 year-old-daughter, Carlee, and other family members -- for the Browns game in Pittsburgh.


Big Ben News :: Articles :: Stainless - Ben Roethlisberger

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Ken Roethlisberger, a former quarterback and shortstop at Georgia Tech, and his wife, Brenda, live 45 minutes south of Toledo, in Findlay, Ohio. Their modest ranch home just off Main Street is filled with family portraits. A pie hutch and an upright piano take up most of the cozy living room. Their chocolate Labrador, Casey, is usually scratching at the backdoor, and Ben's basketball hoop still stands in the driveway. But life wasn't always this idyllic.

Ken and Ida Roethlisberger, Ben's mom, divorced when their son was 18 months old.
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Ken got sole custody of the boy, with Ida getting Ben every other weekend.
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Father and son lived on their own until Ken married Brenda, when Ben was four.
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Through it all, Ken provided stability and routine for Ben.
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In fact, says Brenda, Ken focused on his son as if they had only each other.


Big Ben News :: Articles :: Family ponders what is in store for Ben

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What's next?'" Ben's father, Ken Roethlisberger, said.

"It is scary wondering what is next. It doesn't get any better than these guys that he'll be playing against. I'm confident that he'll play, but the level that he will be playing at is the scary part to me. They'll all be trying to take his head off."
Ken knows what it is like to have a football career go up in smoke. As a quarterback at Georgia Tech he suffered a broken collarbone and also took a helmet to the side of his knee. The knee injury ended his Yellow Jackets' football career.
"As the quarterback, he's the target," Ken said.
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"My ears aren't what they used to be," Ken interjected.
Ken and Brenda aren't concerned if Ben ends up playing for a team a time zone or two away. They just want an organization that is a good fit.
"He just wants to play," Ken said.
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"We appreciate hearing what a good person that he is," Ken said.
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"He has always wanted to be the best at whatever he does," Ken said.

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