During a trip to the UK ahead of the Steelers game in September Ben Roethlisberger spent some time meeting a select group of fans in London and Steeler fans were on hand to meet the Steelers Quarterback.
Looking surprisingly refreshed and relaxed given he had only arrived in the country that morning and following a busy day doing press events Ben was engaging and humorous with fans as he answered the hosts questions or those from the audience. He seemed to be genuinely pleased to see so many Steeler fans in attendance and was especially taken by a banner made by our Steeler Nation UK fan club, keen to have a photo taken with it.
While many of the questions, were I am sure ones he had heard before, he seemed happy to talk to an excited groups of fans eager to listen. It was good to hear his confidence in his young offensive line and his confidence the ability of Heath Miller to be back in time for the start of the season. He stopped short of guaranteeing a Superbowl victory but inspired the attending fans by suggesting he had high expectations for the season ahead.
Hosted by Sky Sports Neil Reynolds he was asked about the curse of the Terrible Towel and his thoughts about playing a game in London as well as getting him to diagram and explain a play off the whiteboard.
When he watched highlights of his Superbowl winning pass against Arizona you could feel the pride and passion as he talked about the emotions of that moment and at the same time the sense of unhappiness and disappointed he felt personally after Superbowl XL despite the victory.
Ben talked about the new crop of QB’s in the NFL and their chances for long term success seemingly more of a fan of Andrew Luck than RGIII given their style of play. He talked about being a Father and when or if he would allow his son to play football.
When asked about his group of receivers he seemed to have high hopes for Jerricho Cotchery this season and is expecting a big year from him. Talking passionately about work with his foundations which is something that appears to be close to his heart and has special meaning for him.
There were many other questions and moments of the evening but the time seemed to go so quickly even though it went on for over an hour. At the end of the session Ben very graciously posed for photos and signed an item for every fan there finally posing for some group shots at the end much to the delight of everyone.
More photos from the night can be found here. Sky Sports news report from the visit can be found here.