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Deny Like A Champion Today: Big Ben Mum Regarding Reports He’s Now Engaged

Say it ain’t so, Big Ben. Say it ain’t so. Your offseason, off-the-field and drunken shenanigans are a key component to the fuel that drives the sports blogging business! Don’t be so damn selfish! We need you!

Be that as it may, the interwebs have been abuzz with the rumors that Roethlisberger went and got himself engaged over the Christmas holiday. Details are sketchy at the moment and Big Ben casually sidestepped any talk dealing with the rumors earlier today.

Via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

“There’s always, always rumors out there about professional athletes, especially about me,” Roethlisberger said. “You guys know that I’m not going to talk about my personal life. My own singular focus right now is on the playoffs and trying to get to the Super Bowl.”

When asked again if he could confirm or deny his rumored engagement, Roethlisberger said, “I’m not going to talk about my personal life.”

Come on, Roethlisberger. Given how his personal life is usually fodder for salacious gossip rags, not to mention police reports, the fact that this could be a nice story which would lend some much needed levity to his downtrodden public image should not be underestimated by the Steelers quarterback.

Nevertheless, I suppose Roethlisberger has every right to keep things private for now, but that doesn’t mean the media ain’t going to be doing some digging. Here’s what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has dug up thus far about the young woman in question:

Information developed by the newspaper shows her as a graduate of Laurel High School, where she was a softball star, and a 2008 graduate of St. Francis University in Loretto, Cambria County, with a bachelor’s degree in health science, and, a year later, a master’s of physicians assistant.

Very, very interesting. Although I have to question their research methods. I mean, how could this gal have ever been a softball star?

Well, I suppose she could have been a catcher.

And if you thought for one second I wasn’t going to go there, you obviously do not know me very well. That one was hanging way out there like Steelers gal’s third, fourth and fifth belly roll.

Ben about to tie the knot? He’s not saying [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
Wedding bells for Roethlisberger? [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]