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Ben Roethlisberger donates police dog to Cook County Sheriff Canine Unit

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Ben Roethlisberger comes to Soldier Field this weekend bearing gifts.

The Super Bowl champion quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the first grant of the year for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund will go to the Cook County Sheriff's Police Canine Unit, according to a press release.

The department will use the grant to purchase a new police dog to replace one that recently retired.

"It's incredible to see the strong bond that is formed between the dogs and their partners both on the job and at home," Roethlisberger said in the release.

Adding another dog to the canine unit "will enable our department to even better serve the citizens of Cook County," said Sheriff Tom Dart. We are honored to be the first recipient of this year's grant and thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for its generous support to local law enforcement."

On the field this weekend, Roethlisberger will be looking to target Hines Ward, who is 117 receiving yards away from 10,000 for his career -- a feat that could be achieved Sunday at Soldier Field. Unlike the canine, it's a gift most Bears fans would most likely prefer he save for another city. 

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I would like an address to GIVE One of my K9 books to Ben as my little thank you for his contributions to K9 units by donating trained K9s to the Law Enforcement.
Can somone direct me to his address .. where HE will receive it.. not to be taken by someone else?

Lulu, you can send your book to Ben c/o The Pittsburgh Steelers, ATTN: Ben Roethlisberger, 3400 South Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

This is so funny that I come across this article. I have a lab akita mix and his name is Ben, after Ben Roethlisberger, we are big steeler fans. I am trying to donate him to a k9 unit. He is a very smart dog but he has a mean streak. I may have to put him down but I just thought maybe if he had a chance he could channel his aggression to do some good. If anyone knows of a group or rescue that would accept him it would be greatly appreciated.

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