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Surprise, Kids! It's Big Ben!

Campers at the Ben Roethlisberger Mike Tomlin Football Camp were in for a surprise on Wednesday, as a certain quarterback and his trademark backwards hat dropped in for a visit. 

Yes, Ben Roethlisberger made a guest appearance at the camp that used to bear his name on the last day of the event, which was held over a three-day span this week at Mars HS. Tomlin agreed to take over the camp after Roethlisberger's Milledgeville mess, a generous act considering this is usually the time of year between OTAs and camp when coaches can actually take some time off.

Roethlisberger was all smiles as he described his experience with the campers on Wednesday:
"One kid – he dropped a pass," Roethlisberger added, "but he was excited because he got to at least attempt to catch it.  To see the smile on some of the kids' faces when they catch touchdowns and they're high-fiving and – it just it brings joy to your life!" 
Naturally, the cynic in most of us will wonder about the sincerity of statements like that, but I'm not going to knock a guy for putting smiles on a few kids' faces and attempting to mend fences with the community. These are exactly the types of opportunities Roethlisberger needs to grasp if he truly wants to change the way he is perceived not only in Pittsburgh, but around the country. And if doing so truly brings joy to his life, then it's all the better.


HomeRunFromBehindTheMeatballs said...

This is some good news... let's just all hope it's sincere.

BurressWithButterflywings said...

They showed him running around on the news and he had a cutoff shirt on. Honestly, looks like the best shape he has been in for a while.

He actually seemed to be having fun with the kids. I think these guys, in general, get so caught up in money and women they forgot how they got there.

Hopefully he is being genuine, as Home Run said, and has learned a few things from his run-ins.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

Cutoff t-shirts rock