New Castle News

June 11, 2012

Baby News: Big Ben and Ashley expecting first child

By Staff
Associated Press

NEW CASTLE — Big Ben’s going to be a big daddy.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley, a Laurel High graduate, are expecting a son later this year. Roethlisberger released the news on his official website Saturday afternoon.

Roethlisberger posted: “It is truly a blessing and we are so excited!”

The Roethlisbergers were married July 23 last year at Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley in a quiet ceremony attended by a sizable contingent from the organization.

It’s been a busy offseason for Roethlisberger, who turned 30 in March and graduated from Miami (Ohio) last month with a bachelor’s degree in education. He is expected to join the team for mandatory minicamp next week.

Pittsburgh opens the preseason schedule at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Philadelphia. The Steelers begin the regular season at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 9 on the road against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Last year, Denver eliminated Pittsburgh (12-5) in the AFC Wild Card round, 29-23, in overtime.