Who is Ashley Harlan?
Although she came into the limelight as the wife of the former American Football player, Ben Roethlisberger, Ashley Harlan has an enviable career as a physician, in the cardiac surgery department at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA.
She was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on 17 July 1985, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, thus she holds American nationality and belongs to a family of White descent. Although she prefers to keep her private life away from the media’s attention, there are some interesting facts known about her.
Early life, family, and education
Ashley was raised in New Castle,by her parents Jeannie and David W. Harlan, alongside her two brothers, Brent and Brandon.
From an early age, she had an interest in sports, and played volleyball, basketball and softball, thus many people assumed that Ashley would choose a sports career, since she won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AA Championship during her high school days.
She attended Laurel High School, and upon matriculating in 2003, enrolled at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2007, and a year later, she attained a Master’s degree of Physician Assistant.
As mentioned, Ashley currently works at the hospital.
Age, vital statistics, and net worth
Ashley’s age is 36, she has long blonde hair and brown eyes, weighs around 130lbs (60kgs) and is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, with vital statistics of 33-24-35.
According to sources, the average salary for a Physician in Pennsylvania is around $195,000 per year, so as of May 2022, Ashley’s net worth has been estimated at close to $500,000, while her husband has a reputed net worth of $100 million.
Marriage with Ben Roethlisberger
The love story of Ashley and Ben started back in 2005, during the National Football League (NFL) training camp, when Ashley’s brother, a die-hard fan of the NFL quarterback, introduced them to one another.
They started dating soon afterwards, and although they had some rocky moments during their relationship, eventually the two married.
The hardest situation for this couple was when Ben was accused of alleged sexual assault by Andrea McNulty in 2008 – the entire football community was shocked by these allegations. Andrea accused Ben of sexual advances and harassment on a night in July 2008, during a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California. However, due to lack of evidence, the accusations against Ben were dropped in 2011, after which Ben and Ashley married on 23 July 2011, at Christ Church, in Groves Farm, Pennsylvania, in the presence of over 600 guests.
Ashley and Ben have three children together, namely Todd, Baylee Marie and Bodie, and this is the only thing known about them since the parents haven’t revealed their birthdays or any other information regarding their children.
The two are both passionate about charitable works, thus they co-founded the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which helps UPMC’s Children’s Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House, a non-profit family and children charity. Their foundation also provides support for fire and police departments across the US, and also one of their missions is to enhance the quality of life for residents of Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Findlay.
In October 2014, Ashley and Ben donated $1 million to the Miami University in Ohio, which Ben attended, to help them build an indoor sports center.
As of May 2022, Ashley and Ben are married, and raising their three children together.
Who is Ben Roethlisberger?
Benjamin Todd ‘Ben’ Roethlisberger, also known as ‘Big Ben’, was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 2 March 1982, in Lima, Ohio USA, thus he holds American nationality, and comes from a family of Swiss and Jewish descent.
Ben’s father, Kenneth Todd was a baseball pitcher and quarterback at Georgia Tech University, and his mother Ida Jane was a housewife. Ben has a younger sister, Carlee, who played basketball for the University of Oklahoma.
Being raised by a football player, it isn’t surprising that Ben was into sports from an early age. He attended Findlay High School, and there he started playing sports, serving as captain of Trojans’ baseball, football and basketball teams – he began playing quarterback in his senior year,.
Upon matriculating in 2000, Ben enrolled at the Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, where he played quarterback; after arriving he was red-shirted his first season.
He made his collegiate debut in the 2001 season against the Michigan Wolverines, completing 18 of 35 passes for 193 yards, and against the Akron Zips football team, Ben broke the school single-game passing record with 399 passing yards.
He didn’t graduate with his college colleagues, but returned to Miami University in 2012 to complete his college degree, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Education.
His professional football career started when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2004 NFL Draft, and on 4 August signed a six-year contract worth over $22 million in salaries and bonuses, with an additional $17 million available via incentives.
Ben played in the NFL for 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, announcing his retirement through his Twitter account posting in January 2022: ‘The journey has been exhilarating, defined by relationships and fueled by a spirit of competition, yet the time has come to clean out my locker,’ adding that he is retiring as a truly grateful man, and that he wants to be all that he can be to his wife and children.
Although his career was overshadowed by injuries and sexual assault allegations, most of his fans will remember him as the player who guided the Steelers to their first championship after 25 years, defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 in Super Bowl XL in 2006.
During his career, Ben advanced to the Super Bowl two more times, winning against the Arizona Cardinals in 2009, although falling to the Green Bay Packers in 2011.