Reporting Bob Pompeani
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Even though it’s Thanksgiving, today was no day off for the Steelers.
They hit the practice field — getting ready for Sunday’s game in Cleveland, Ohio.
But a lot of the talk was about new dad Ben Roethlisberger.
In about 20 years from now, Pittsburghers will probably remember Ben Roethlisberger, Jr., who was brought into this world Wednesday night at 10:06 p.m.
Baby Ben weighted in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 19 inches long.
Roethlisberger posted the news on his Website, Twitter site and then showed up at Steeler practice, where he was the talk of the team.
It was a normal day of practice, except for the news that there is a new member of the Steeler family – and, no, not Plaxico Burress. He arrived two days ago.
It was about Roethlisberger’s new baby.
“You know, he came with that big, old, proud papa chest,” Steelers offensive guard Willie Colon said. “He was happy; he had a big, old smile. I just think for him, for everything he’s been through, to have a son, you can tell he’s extremely excited about it and just a weight off his shoulders – so I’m happy for him.”
So is long-time friend and teammate Max Starks, who just about a month ago became a father for the first time as well.
He and his wife Tiffany gave birth to a baby girl.
“It’s an amazing feeling, you know,” Starks said. “Out of all the accomplishments that you have, not only professionally and as a man, that’s probably the crowning achievement — is being a father. Because that’s a lifetime of work that you’ll be dedicated to and you don’t mind doing it, because somebody should love unconditionally.”
Roethlisberger and his wife said on their Website that they thank the thousands of well-wishers and will have pictures of baby Ben up sometime this weekend.