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Ben Roethlisberger -- BOOZING at Texas Piano Bar

2/3/2011 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ben Roethlisberger is paying extra special attention to his diet this week -- because when he was pounding drinks at a Texas bar Tuesday night ... he wanted his rum mixed with DIET COKE.

Ben Roethlisberger Piano Bar
TMZ has obtained FOOTAGE of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback hanging out at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Worth Texas ... where he sang his face off from 11:00 PM until 1:15 AM the next morning.

Sources inside the bar tell us Big Ben arrived with two massive teammates -- and bought several rounds of drinks for himself AND the entire bar.

We're told Ben racked up an $800 tab -- and tipped an additional $200.  People inside the bar tell us Ben was "nice, fun and took care of everyone."

In the clip, Ben can be seen singing along to the Billy Joel classic "Piano Man" while his teammates joined in on the fun.

So, we gotta ask ...

UPDATE: This morning, Ben told reporters about his big night out ... saying, "It was a superstition and tradition on Tuesday night. I take the linemen out to dinner. We went out for barbecue and then we wanted to hear some live music. We just had an enjoyable night."

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R. West    

Wow, I can't believe how many people out there actually believe that their sole purpose in life is to see what Ben Rothlisberger is going to do next and then feel the need to express their idiotic and hateful opinions. Maybe you should find another purpose in live like taking better care of your children, parents, pets or maybe you could think of new ways to save the planet. Try concentrating on your own lives and how you can make yoursef a better person. Remember people are watching what you do too. Ben has made a tremendous effort to regain the respect of the City of Pittsburgh, his fans and team mates and in my opionion is doing a fine job. So he was out having a little fun on a Tuesday night before a Sunday game. Since when did fun become a crime? Maybe it's the fact that he wasn't doing anything illegal or being falsely accused of anything that has all you jackass's pissed off. Give it a rest and go do something good for your fellow mankind!! Oh, and while your at it maybe you can find it in your misserable hearts to learn how to forgive.
Go Ben! Go Steelers!!

1365 days ago


Lady's hide your vagina!!!

1365 days ago


TMZ and all of you people who voted this was stupid should go launch yourselves off a ****ing bridge. You're useless.

1365 days ago


If you know anything about Steeler history, Chuck Noll actually used to encourage his players to go out early in the week and had NO curfew...I think those Super Bowls turned out pretty good...

1365 days ago


who cares as long as he shows up on sunday then all will be well.. the man is celebrating having a good time.. We need to look into the people posting these articles and all their issues..

athletes are people too.. deal with your own issues rather then hide under other peoples issues...

1365 days ago


Geez Louise! BB drinking at a karaoke bar. Rum no less. At least have the good sense to stick with wine which is what Jesus did when he went partying.

What? You didn't know Jesus partied? Better read your bible guys n gals. I hate liars, child abusers and especially, hypocrites.

1365 days ago


Doesn't look a thing like Ben. You couldn't find any other tall fat guys with beards drinking in Dallas, TMZ?

1365 days ago


This is much ado about nothing, which is most of TMZ's content! Pittsburgh 21, Green Bay 17!

1365 days ago

Pete from Tucson    

It's Super Bowl week, some celebration is in order. He's not going out closing down the bars, he's interacting with the locals in true Pittsbrugh fashion. Have fun Ben, get your rest Saturday night! Here we Go Steelers!!! Here we GO!!!

1365 days ago


I am curious..what name has Michael Vick acquired after he allowed all those puppies to be killed? And Kobe Bryant?? What nickname did he get for raping the woman in the hotel?? His wife DID get a mighty big emerald!! And oh yes!!! To all you RAVEN fans...have I not seen pictures of RAY LEWIS in an orange jumpsuit??? And he does Old Spice Commercials!! That truly is a Role-model!! I, too, am displeased with Ben's actions but let's see how he has changed. Apparently we have done that with the other three!!!

1365 days ago


He's over 21. He's allowed to drink! I'm sure he's had a few during the season.

1365 days ago


Who Cares?!? This was Tuesday night. Practice didnt start until Wednesday and its a freakin panio bar not budie bar for god sake! Give the guy a break already. As I can remember its not against any laws to go out, drink diet coke with rum and sing with your teammates. Pittsburghers like to drink and sing, who doesn't? Im a huge Steelers fan, grew up in the Burgh, but not really a Ben fan. He has been treated much worse than Vick, Plax, Stallworth, Jamal Lewis, and no one ever mentions the dropped charges against Ray Lewis. All of these and many more are treated better by fans and NFL than Ben and they have all been charged and convicted of crimes but Ben has not even been charged! So again I say give the man a break.

1365 days ago

Jive Turkee    

WHoop de freakin doo....a piano bar.....Yawn TMZ!

1365 days ago


All of you haters shut the HELL UP!!!

1365 days ago


Actually people that really is Big Ben. He was downtown fort worth at the bars. Saw him myself

1365 days ago
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