The rumors about Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger getting hitched this summer are officially true. AP wrote the following today on Big Ben’s marriage to a 26-year-old physician’s assistant this summer. The QB spoke about the marriage for the first time to the Post-Gazette this past week. Here’s a portion of the AP piece that is running today.
Ben Roethlisberger will marry a 26-year-old physician’s assistant whom he said he met during training camp in 2005 and has been friends with ever since, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for a story in Thursday’s editions.
Roethlisberger, speaking publicly for the first time since the Steelers’ loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, talked about his fiancee, her family and the impact their engagement has had on everyone involved since it leaked out in various media outlets late last year.
Roethlisberger confirmed his July 23 wedding plans to Ashley Harlan, who lives in New Castle, about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger was interviewed Wednesday at his home north of Pittsburgh.
The wedding is scheduled only a week before the Steelers are to begin training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, and Roethlisberger joked that his bride-to-be may be hoping that the NFL lockout drags on.
“I think a small part of her is hoping we hold out for a week so we can honeymoon,” Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette. “I told her I was laughing with coach (Mike) Tomlin; he said, `You guys might have to have the honeymoon suite at St. Vincent.'”
The 29-year-old quarterback also addressed the scrutiny he faced after he was accused of sexual assault in a Georgia nightclub in March 2010. He said his engagement is not a ploy to rebuild his public image.
“We were kind of on and off for five years – almost six years now – so I’ve known her for a while. It’s not like a random new person. We dated a while ago; we have been friends ever since,” Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette.