A letter to Benny

Dear Sir Duke,

It is stories like this:

There was a special guest at Tuesday’s taping of the PNC Hines Ward Show.  But we aren’t just talking about Ben Roethlisberger.  It was one of Big Ben’s biggest fans: an 8 year old boy with a devastating illness who met his idol.

To say it was an opportunity of lifetime is an understatement for Joseph DeBacco, who was only given a 10 to 15 percent chance to live, when he found out he would be meeting his idol Ben.  “I want to have him sign my jersey and I feel awesome,” said 8 year-old cancer patient Joseph DeBacco.

From his smile alone, you would never know a rare form of muscular-skeletal cancer has inflicted tremendous amounts of pain on Joseph’s body.  It has ate holes in his bones,” said Joseph’s mother, Amy. “It’s broke his leg. His three vertabrea are compressed fractures in his spine but he’s come a long way.”

“It means the world to him,” she said. “He’s got Ben cards, pictures… there’s pictures everywhere in the house of Ben.”

Quotes like this:

“You sit there and think about how sore am I today and complain about practice,” said Roethlisberger. “He’s a hero to me.”

And videos like this that make me understand why your minions are as loyal as mine.

If PittGirl were ever an actress and the director needed me to cry, there are three failsafe things I can think about that would make me shed tears on the spot:

  1. Sick kids.
  2. A pigeon on my head.
  3. The six-pack abs of Troy Polamalu (that makes ANY woman weep).

Anyway, again, just for today … I kind of love you, you magnificent beast.



P.S.  If my minions and your minions were ever hanging up clothes, my minions would punch your minions right in the nose. Holla.


  1. MoreRoth,LessBurger
    December 19, 2007 10:10 am

    OK, I am crying.

    “Be Brave, and Keep Fighting!!”

    I love me some Steelers, more than anything in the world.

    Let’s go get some football justice for this little boy!!!!!!!

  2. chrys
    December 19, 2007 12:14 pm

    LOL… I am not a huge fan of Ben either.. I tend to think money can make anyone attractive, but this story is great. I love when athletes can see beyond themselves and use their celeb-status to benefit someone else other than themselves. Thanks for posting this pittgirl. Kudos Ben!!! That little boy’s smile is adorale. He is a hero!!

  3. NY Luvs Pitts
    December 19, 2007 1:16 pm

    I told you you’re gonna love him by the end of the season. HA!!!

  4. Me
    December 19, 2007 4:25 pm

    Okay, now I will never be able to look at Benny again without hearing Stevie Wonder singing Sir Duke.

  5. mis
    December 19, 2007 10:24 pm

    Too bad Benny doesn’t look like Orlando Bloom…..but
    Orlando Bloom likes pigeons?
    Pigeons are wildlife?

  6. oddmanout
    December 20, 2007 1:22 am

    Regardless of the wins and losses on the field, Ben has again shown why, the players, the coaches, and the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the class of the NFL.
    He reminds us that we are our brothers keeper in giving time, hope and joy to a sick child.

    Thanks Ben!

  7. Pingback: p.s. i love you quotes | Hot Trends