Ben Roethlisberger's Controversial Dating Techniques are Actually Quite Effective

January 5, 2011

Remember that fairy tale your parents used to tell you about a two-time rape investigation subject who found love while sitting out a four-game NFL suspension for having possibly consensual bathroom sex with a college girl? Well, at some point over the Christmas holidays, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made this Disney tale come true when he proposed to a girl whose terrified parents couldn’t have been happier.

According to the New Castle News:

Sources have confirmed that Roethlisberger is engaged to Ashley Harlan, a 2004 graduate of Laurel High School whose family home is on Devils Elbow Road in Hickory Township.


Word of the engagement, which is said to have occurred over the Christmas holiday, leaked out both locally and nationally over the past few days and, while Roethlisberger said following yesterday’s practice that he would not discuss his personal life, the proverbial cat appears to be out of the bag.

While most men traditionally reach into their pocket and pull out a ring, given Roethlisberger’s previous courtship techniques it’s tough to imagine what he whipped out to “seal the deal.”

In case you were wondering a little about the young lady in question, here’s a link to some pictures.

She seems like a nice girl.

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