Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Giving K-9 Dogs to Detroit

DETROIT, Oct. 11 (UPI) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he is pleased to give Detroit police two K-9 unit dogs through a foundation grant.

The NFL quarterback, who helped the Steelers win a Super Bowl at Detroit’s Ford Field in 2006, said the dogs being donated from by his Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund are welcome additions to police forces, The Detroit News reported Saturday.

“We have had the opportunity to see first-hand how important the dogs are to these men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us,” Roethlisberger said.

The dog donation ahead of Sunday’s matchup between the Steelers and the Detroit Lions was applauded by Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans.

“In these difficult budgetary times, we must rely more and more on outside sources of funding to support our officers’ efforts,” Evans told the News. “This grant will provide our officers additional resources to protect the citizens of Detroit.”

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