(Although it took much longer for Miami's equipment guys to figure out how to fit R-o-e-t-h-l-i-s-b-e-r-g-e-r on the back of his jersey. I was the one who ended up snapping." Ben didn't snap at the draft when the Giants passed him over.
Which still beats former Ohio State coach John Cooper, who never quite got his name right. " Besides the quick feet and cannon arm, Roethlisberger's roommate, Mike Larkin, was among the first to experience that preternatural poise. I would have chop-blocked my buddy on the way to the door. I was sold.) Like the rest of us, Larkin wanted to see Ben flat-out lose it -- just once. He didn't snap when his first throw as a pro was picked off.
It’s nearly impossible for athlete-celebrity couples to keep their personal life out of the limelight.
But somehow Natalie Gulbis’ husband Josh Rodamel was able to keep the couple’s wedding day a secret.
He'd ask about some obscure rule, hoping that in the ensuing confusion the refs would just hand him the ball out of bounds without first checking the possession arrow. "Even when he was 15, Ben had a quiet command about him," says Findlay's gracious athletic director Jerry Snodgrass, the Trojans' former hoops coach who, talk about your small worlds, I think I once covered as a student intern at the Mason (Ohio) Pulse-Journal. But Bill Belichick and his budding dynasty better hope so.
Or, maybe, it was when the normally steel-chinned coach Bill Cowher gushed about the kid after his comeback win in Jacksonville on Dec. After that game, I was standing near the team bus next to a fan holding a "WE'LL BE BACK" sign, watching as Jerome Bettis introduced Ben to some family members in a gesture that seemed an awful lot like a passing of the torch.
Well, they turned into a multi-million dollar mistake for brothers Troy and Josh Rodarmel, who later admitted it was a bunch of hooey.
Eventually, the company filed for bankruptcy and agreed to a .4 million settlement over a class-action suite claiming the company had misled consumers.
But then, a week later, I was driving in Brenda Roethlisberger's blue Honda on the way to Findlay High School in northwest Ohio.
We were headed to pick up Ben's little sister Carlee (the "real" athlete of the family, if you ask the rook) when Ben's mom told me how a Swiss TV crew had recently come all the way to Ohio after tracing the Roethlisberger family lineage back to Switzerland in the 1670s. And if you want to know where Roethlisberger's poised, humble, down-to-earth style comes from -- the kind that has changed the long-held notion that you can't win in the NFL with a kid under center -- well, it's all right here. Before dreaming of the NFL, Ben wanted to be an FBI agent. But the only athletic memento of any kind is a blue and gold sign out front supporting Carlee's hoops team.
Although Natalie Gulbis has historically been linked with several other high-profile athletes, including NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson, her relationship with Josh Rodamel has mysteriously been kept under wraps.