PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters kicked off the second leg of their 2008 “Magic As Ever” World Tour Wednesday night at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, featuring a special cameo by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The Pro Bowl signal caller was invited onto the floor late in the fourth quarter, during the Globetrotters’ wildly popular football routine. As an added treat for the Pittsburgh fans, the Globetrotters broke their huddle donning Steelers jerseys. After the Globetrotter players were put in motion, the ball was snapped to Globetrotter Showman “Showtime” Gaffney, who pitched to Roethlisberger, who then threw a perfect TD strike over the confounded Washington Generals defense to “Hi Rise” Brown, much to the delight of the Pittsburgh faithful.
Several other Steelers players and coaches were in attendance to witness Big Ben’s exploits, including Head Coach Mike Tomlin’s wife and children, who enjoyed the action courtside.
The “Magic As Ever” Tour will continue through mid-April 2008, with the Globetrotters performing more than 240 shows in over 200 North American cities. Tickets are now on sale for all events at harlemglobetrotters.com.
Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, the Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 82nd consecutive season of touring the world. The Globetrotters have played in 118 countries on six continents, entertaining over 125 million fans and crossing barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life. The Globetrotters are one of only six teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, including the 2008 “Magic As Ever” World Tour schedule, and to purchase team merchandise, visit the team’s official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.