American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) Ben Roethlisberger’s wife is Ashley Roethlisberger. He is famously known by the nickname Big Ben. He played college football at Miami University (Ohio), and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Ashley and Ben met six years before they married. They dated on and off during this time period. The couple did not live together before their marriage because of their religious beliefs. Ashley then finally tamed Big Ben when the couple got married on July 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA at Christ Church at Grove Farm. After the ceremony the couple went to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown in a Limousine for a reception in The Spirit of America Ballroom. And why did we say that Ashley tamed Ben? Well, it’s not hidden from anyone about Ben’s image in the past.
He has been known for his playboy image and has also been accused of two sexual assault cases. First one was filed by a lady who worked in a casino where Ben was staying. According to her Ben called her to his room saying that his TV wasn’t working. When she came to check the TV there was nothing wrong with it. While preparing to leave from Ben’s room, she said that Ben took her hand and forcefully raped her. Ben completely denied her claims, and due to lack of any evidence, Ben was set free of any charges.
The second incident was when a 20-year-old student from Georgia College & State University claimed Roethlisberger raped her in a party after they both had several shots of alcohol. There was no evidence found in this case as well, and Ben was not convicted of any crime.
Even after these attempts to tamper his image, Ben has tried to be a better man. And we all think that even the law says “Innocent until proven guilty”.
When Ben and Ashley married, we are sure that many eyebrows were raised and Ashley must have been on the receiving end of many small talks. But Ashley being a strong woman, didn’t get bothered by any of them and made a happy family for herself and her hubby. They have three kids now, Ben Jr., Baylee, and Bodie. Ben even won the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which shows that Ashley’s support has helped him clear his past and move on in positive direction in his life.
Ashley was born as Ashley Ann Harlan on July 24, 1983 in New Castle, PA. She graduated in 2004 from Laurel High School in 2004. In High school, Ashley Harlan was a star basketball, volleyball, and softball player. Later she graduated with a degree in Health Science in 2008, and then a Masters degree in Medicine. She currently works as a physician’s assistant in the cardiac surgery department of Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The happy and content family now lives in Gibsoni.