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Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl ChampionBen Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the franchise with the most Super Bowls of any team in the National Football League.  Since being drafted in 2004 by the Steelers, he achieved a level of success that no other quarterback in his draft class has attained.  Of the ten players chosen in front of him in the draft, only Eli Manning has a Super Bowl ring to his credit.  Roethlisberger, with whom Pittsburgh presented an opportunity to play immediately, went 13-0 as a starter in his rookie season, guiding the Steelers to the playoffs, an amazing feat that won him the NFL AP Rookie of the Year Award.

While Manning struggled to gain respect playing for the New York Giants his rookie season, Roethlisberger had already earned the “Franchise Quarterback” tag as captain of the Steeler offense.  The very next season, “Big Ben” guided his team to a Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks, becoming the youngest quarterback in history to win the big game.  However, the humble Roethlisberger recently admitted to the media that “He was so nervous before that his legs were like jelly.”  Ben’s passer rating was the lowest in Super Bowl History at 22.6, yet his team still won the game, thanks to a 75-yard touchdown run by Willie Parker and a flee-flicker touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle El to Hines Ward.

Like all great athletes, Ben was determined to redeem himself for his two interception performance in Super Bowl XL.  The Findlay, Ohio native, whose “Pittsburgh-like toughness” helped him overcome a severe motor cycle accident in 2006 and several additional injuries, led his team back to the Super Bowl, this time in a more relaxed frame of mind.  If his rookie season was Roethlisberger’s “Recognition season,” then the 2008 season was his “Respect season.”  All the critics and doubters who thought that Ben was just riding on the Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker train back in 2005, were silenced when he led the Steelers to a 12-4 record, another AFC championship, and just over one week ago, his 2nd Super Bowl title.

In Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals, Roethlisberger’s passer rating was much improved, completing 21 of 30 passes for 256 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.  Not only were Big Ben’s numbers better than his previous Super Bowl, but he also scripted a story-book ending, leading his team to victory in the last two minutes and thirty seconds of the game.  It was Ben’s 19th such victory in which he had rallied his team from a fourth quarter deficit or tie.  Perhaps, somewhere Ben’s childhood idol and Hall of Fame Quarterback, John Elway, is watching and admiring.  Elway, who has the most wins of any quarterback in NFL history is also famous for his last minute drives (all 47 of them), including “The Drive” against the Cleveland Browns in the 1986 AFC Championship game.

Although, it is yet to be determined whether or not Roethlisberger will last as long as the 16 seasons that Elway did, Ben’s ultimate legacy may have just been determined by his ability to pull off one of the greatest come from behind drives in Super Bowl history.  Even if Ben never makes an appearance in another Super Bowl, the 26-year old quarterback has shown the determination, toughness, and proven ability to win that Montana, Elway, Brady, Favre, Unitas, Bradshaw, and all the great quarterbacks in NFL history have demonstrated.  The humble Roethlisberger may just surpass them all in total victories in the regular season and in the playoffs, where Ben somehow finds a way to win in the most gutsy and dramatic of ways.

On Tom Brady’s personal website, http://www.tombrady.com, Tom says he’s buying 1,500 laptops as part of the One Laptop Per Child effort and will send them to Uganda, care of his sister, Nancy, who is there working with the Infectious Disease Institute.

“One Laptop Per Child is an education-based charity located in Cambridge whose mission is to provide many of the world’s poorest children with their own computer,” Brady writes.

“After meeting with the group, I committed to buying 1,500 laptops and sending them to my amazing sister who is doing a mission in Uganda right now and will hand deliver them to the kids she and I met last year.”

Here are links to the original article in the Boston Herald and the One Laptop per Child website:

http://www.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/2008_11_20_Brotherly_love/

http://laptop.org/en/vision/index.shtml

In case you missed it, BusinessWeek recently published their list of the “Power 100: The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.”  At the top of this year’s list is none other than Tiger Woods, perhaps the greatest golfer of all time.  Below, you will find the top half of the list (numbers 1-50) or you can view the entire list here:

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_41/b4103052320774.htm?campaign_id=rss_topStories

1 Tiger Woods Golfer, PGA Tour
2 Roger Goodell Commissioner, NFL
3 David Stern Commissioner, NBA
4 George Bodenheimer President, ESPN
5 Dick Ebersol Chairman, NBC Sports
6 Phil Knight Chairman, Nike
7 Bud Selig Commissioner, MLB
8 Brian France Chairman & CEO, Nascar
9 Michael Jordan Basketball Legend, NBA
10 Sean McManus President, CBS Sports
11 David Hill Chairman & CEO, Fox Sports
12 Rupert Murdoch Chairman & CEO, News Corp.
13 Myles Brand President, NCAA
14 Tony Ponturo VP, Global Media, Anheuser-Busch
15 Lance Armstrong Tour de France Champion
16 Theodore Forstmann Chairman & CEO, IMG
17 Lebron James Basketball Player, Cleveland Cavaliers
18 Donald Fehr Executive Director, MLBPA
19 Steinbrenner Family Principal Owners, New York Yankees
20 John Henry Owner, Boston Red Sox
21 Gary Bettman Commissioner, NHL
22 Philip Anschutz Founder, Anschutz Entertainment Group
23 Tim Leiweke CEO, Anschutz Entertainment Group
24 Robert Kraft Owner, New England Patriots
25 Brian Roberts Chairman & CEO, Comcast
26 Jerry Jones Owner & GM, Dallas Cowboys
27 Tim Finchem Commissioner, PGA Tour
28 Kobe Bryant Basketball Player, Los Angeles Lakers
29 Peyton Manning Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
30 John Skipper Executive V.P. of Content, ESPN
31 Mark Parker President & CEO, Nike
32 Ed Goren President, Fox Sports
33 Malcom Glazer Owner, Manchester United
34 Tom Brady Quarterback, New England Patriots
35 Jeff Urban V.P., Sports Marketing, Gatorade
36 Paul Allen Owner, Seattle Seahawks
37 Scott Boras President, Scott Boras Group
38 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Driver, Nascar
39 Peter Ueberroth Chairman, U.S. Olympic Committee
40 Chase Carey CEO & President, DirecTV
41 Rick Dudley President & CEO, Octagon
42 Michael Phelps Gold Medal Swimmer, U.S. Olympic Team
43 George Pyne President, IMG Sports & Entertainment
44 Mark Cuban Owner, Dallas Mavericks
45 Alex Rodriguez Third Baseman, New York Yankees
46 Casey Wasserman CEO, Wasserman Media Group
47 Jack Nicklaus Golf Legend, PGA Tour
48 Mark Ford President, Sports Illustrated Group
49 Bob DuPuy President & CEO, MLB
50 Danica Patrick Driver, Indy Racing League

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