Thanksgiving special for Roethlisberger with "Little Ben"

Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:36pm EST
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(Reuters) - Ailing two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger had a special reason to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday after his wife Ashley gave birth to their first child the previous evening.

Benjamin Jr. weighed 7 lbs. and 1 oz when he was born at 10:06 p.m. local on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said on his official website (

"Both mom and baby are doing well," said Roethlisberger, who has been sidelined for the past 10 days by a sprained shoulder and rib injury.

"We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, it really means a lot to us. God is so good!"

Roethlisberger, popularly known as 'Big Ben', has not played since he sprained a joint in his right shoulder against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 12 when he was sacked by linebacker Justin Houston in the third quarter.

Pittsburgh have won an NFL-best six Super Bowl titles but their grip on a postseason berth could be in jeopardy depending on how long Roethlisberger is out of action.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Mark Meadows)