Ben Roethlisberger's Good Deed for Cleveland

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Compelling new evidence surfaced last week that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might not be 100 percent scumbag after all. As part of his annual effort to bandage the bleeding sores of his public image, Big Ben gives away money through his foundation. Typical recipients include potential litigants and organizations in the cities where Pittsburgh plays.

This year’s local winner was the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department. A check for $9,000 — roughly the amount Roethlisberger earns for each episode of huddle flatulence — will fund the department’s K-9 unit, which suffered a blow this fall when one of its animals was killed in a training exercise.

“We have one dog that’s nine months old and two that are eight weeks old,” says Sandra Terry, the department’s executive officer. “The money will go to the purchase of protective and training equipment for the unit.”

Among those still in need are the Cleveland Browns, who are desperately seeking equipment to protect them from the Steelers. — Kyle Swenson

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