Ben Roethlisberger Helps Pittsburgh Restaurant with 'Significant' Contribution

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMarch 24, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks on during warm ups prior to an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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Big Ben Roethlisberger made a big contribution to Juliano's Italian Restaurant in Robinson, Pennsylvania—located about an hour away from where the Pittsburgh Steelers play at Heinz Field. 

Nick Scalise, the restaurant's owner, disclosed to 93.7 The Fan that the 38-year-old Steelers quarterback bought "a significant amount" of gift cards to provide financial support for the local business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scalise added that Roethlisberger's contribution will allow his full staff to keep working for now.

A video tweeted by the Steelers showing a heavily bearded Roethlisberger went viral over the weekend. The two-time Super Bowl champion and his family shared what they are doing at home during self-isolation:

Pittsburgh Steelers @steelers

A stay-at-home message from @_BigBen7: https://t.co/UTot0ECjjK

Roethlisberger is not the only Steeler engaged in COVID-19 relief efforts:

Pittsburgh Steelers @steelers

We have made a $100,000 donation to the United Way Emergency Basic Needs Fund to help against the fight of the COVID-19 virus. https://t.co/eAkLugflyx

TJ Watt @_TJWatt

Pittsburgh, it is important that during these tough times we step up as a community and support each other!! https://t.co/swFUssR1dt

The NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS all suspended their seasons due to the coronavirus, while the NFL has seen its free agency and draft proceedings altered.