Roethlisberger Says He Lost His Dog To Cancer Earlier This Week

According to a Thursday post on his Facebook page, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lost his dog, Zeus, earlier this week as he was forced to put him to sleep due to cancer being found in his intestines.

“Zeus was with me for 9 years and was my first dog,” Roethlisberger wrote. “He was my man and had been there through Super Bowls, tough losses, injuries, snow storms and the heat. He was the best and I feel blessed to have had him in my/our lives for so long. I know he’s in heaven waiting to play tag or just cuddle again soon.”

Roethlisberger and dogs have become pretty synonymous over the years as the quarterback’s foundation has distributed more than $950,000 in grants to K-9 units across the country since 2007.

Just a few weeks ago, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, along with The Giving Back Fund, announced that the first K-9 grant of the 2013 season was given to the Bellbrook Fire Department, located northeast of Cincinnati. In addition, they announced that they again plan on distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers this season.

It’s tough losing a family pet and as a dog lover myself, my condolences certainly go out the Roethlisberger family. I am sure Zeus lived a good life and was thankful for it.

  • Jason White

    R.I.P. Zeus
    Dave I am the same way. I think more highly of my dog and dogs in general than I think of humans. Dogs make the best kind of people.

  • Luke Shabro

    That’s the amazing things about animals and dogs in particular. Zeus could care less that Ben was a famous football player. All they care about is how you treat them.

  • chris ward

    Sad news to hear. My sincere condolences go out to Roethlisberger and his family. Rest in paradise Zeus.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    My sympathies are with Ben and anyone else who has lost their best friend. The human-canine relationship has been forged throughout the centuries, a fact crystal clear in every dog’s eyes. The only thing worse than losing a dog is seeing one mistreated. I t makes my blood boil as nothing else.

  • Steelbully


    I know how he feels, I just put down my boxer 2 weeks ago today. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done. She took one last look at me before she went to sleep. I cried like a little baby.

  • Jason White

    I’m sorry for your loss. My dog is a Boxer/Pit Bull mix. I know all about the potential health problems those breeds face. It scares the sh!t out of me on a daily basis.

  • Johnny Loose

    I remember reading about Zeus when he first got him. That’s a shame. R.I.P. little buddy. This first win vs. Minnesota in London will be for ZEUS