Day 3, 4:08 p.m. | Big Ben Stops In
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stopped by the ATA Trade Show Thursday afternoon to check out what was new from archery and bowhunting manufacturers. He also paused often for pictures with Show attendees and signed autographs. One convention center employee intersected with a stroke of luck or good timing when he chose to push a green, trash bin down the same aisle Roethlisberger happened to be standing in. So he got a pic with Big Ben too.
Roethlisberger, an avid bowhunter, said he’s able to make some rounds on the Show floor in-between photos and autograph signings. “There’s way too much to miss so, yeh, I do get around a little so I can see what’s new at this Show.”
There’s also the conundrum that is two conflicting seasons: the heart of bow season overlaps the heart of football season.
“Hunting is relaxing so it works that it’s during the football season,” Roethlisberger said. “I use bowhunting to unwind on my days off. With bowhunting, I can clear my head.”
— Amy Hatfield
Did You Know?
Attendees at the 2008 ATA Trade Show in Indianapolis came from 21 countries, including Angola, Anguilla, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Uzbekistan.