Big Ben Roethlisberger Engaged to Ashley Harlan?

Artistic rendition of Big Ben's bachelor party (parts by rooshv/mac(3) on flickr)

Rumor has it that Ben Roethslisberger got engaged to Ashley Harlan over the holidays! Is it true???

Who cares is Big Ben is engaged to Ashley Harlan. Who the F is Ashley Harlan anyway??

The twittersphere might act like they don’t care, but that’s all everyone is talking about today… and it seems they have all the answers you ever wanted!

Ron Sirak ronsirakWord that Roethlisberger is going to tie the knot in July is great news. That and charity work show he’s a changed guy.

It’s called super strategic PR, lol.

Clay Travis ClayTravisBGIDBig Ben is engaged. “He wouldn’t take no for an answer,” isn’t as cute a wedding toast as normal.

Just wrong.

Drew Williamson DruwilliamsonWord is Big Ben got engaged. If he’s allowed to have a woman, Vick should be allowed to have a dog…just sayin.

Why does everyone always compare Big Ben to Michael Vick?

Matt de Bear PSUMatt2005Big Ben engaged? Interwebs, start your jokes!

We’ve already started if you haven’t noticed.

And seriously, everyone is throwing this name “Ashley Harlan” around the internet as if people know who she is. Someone tweeted this pic. Do you know who she is? No, you don’t. But according to a this article:

Information developed by the newspaper showed 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 of physician assistant

Seems like a nice enough girl. Go Big Ben! Touchdown!!!

John Shumway from KDKA is the one who broke the story by getting in Ben’s face and asking him straight up about his alleged engagement. His response:

Oh geez. Listen, there’s always rumors out there about professional athletes, especially about me. You guys know that I am not going to talk about my own personal life, I don’t do that. My one singular focus right now is on the playoffs, on football and trying to get to the Super Bowl. So, that’s what my focus is right now.

Then the Steelers PR guy cut the interview short and Big Ben had a little bit of attitude as he walked away, saying “I don’t wanna talk anymore about my personal life, you guys know that, ok thanks, Shum.” Check out the video here (it’s not on YouTube yet).

Big Ben has the right to not want to talk about his private life, but many would argue that the public has the right to be interested in it. It comes with the territory of being a celebrity. Especially a celebrity that is a spotlight topic in the news. People are fascinated by a story like this. Just months ago, the guy was pinned on charges of – you know – and now he’s expressing his love for a woman in a more romantic way. Haters gonna hate.

Is this a publicity stunt? Is it a picture perfect plot to repair our star quarterback’s image? Who knows. But the Steelers are on their way to another Super Bowl and we can’t have these bad feelings toward a champion team’s quarterback, right?

As of today, the story still isn’t clear. Follow us as we attempt to uncover the answer to the question everyone in the world is begging to know… is Ben Roethlisberger really engaged to Ashley Harlan???

Again, please allow us to reiterate:

Who cares is Big Ben is engaged to Ashley Harlan. Who the F is Ashley Harlan anyway??

Stuart Strickland bus15237I do not give a hoot about Big Ben’s love life. Can we talk about something that *matters*? #steelers

The only ring Big Ben needs to be thinking about right now is the Super Bowl Ring!