Ben Roethlisberger and wife expecting a baby boy

PITTSBURGH -- Big Ben's going to be a big daddy.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wife Ashley are expecting a son later this year. Roethlisberger released the news on his official website Saturday afternoon.

Roethlisberger posted: "It is truly a blessing and we are so excited!"

The Roethlisbergers were married just over a year ago in a small enclave north of Pittsburgh in a quiet ceremony attended by a sizable contingent from the organization.

It's been a busy offseason for Roethlisberger, who turned 30 in March and graduated from Miami (Ohio) last month with a bachelor's degree in education. He is expected to join the team for mandatory minicamp next week.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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