How Swiss are you? This is the question being asked of people across the United States by the recently launched Swiss Roots organisation.


A joint effort by Swiss Consulates in the US, as well as numerous local Swiss associations, Swiss Roots aims to help a million Americans of Swiss descent discover their ancestral roots.

Their goal is to build a better understanding of all things Swiss, and of the people of Switzerland. It may sound like a tall order, but they've already enlisted the help of some prominent public figures to enhance the profile of the organisation.

Perhaps the best-known advocate is Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the current Super Bowl champions.

Swiss Roots Interviews US Football Star Ben Roethlisberger

At just 23 years old, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl this past February in Detroit, Michigan. He's also the first quarterback of Swiss descent to play in--and win--the big game.

Roethlisberger is also exploring his Swiss roots. This May, he'll make his first trip to Switzerland to visit his great-grandfather's village, embark on outdoor adventures, and maybe even meet Miss Switzerland. We'll let you figure out what he's looking forward to most! In the first of a series of interviews with Swiss celebrities, Swiss Roots chats with one of the NFL's rising stars.

Swiss Roots: Congratulations on winning the Super Bowl! What was the most memorable experience from your time in Detroit?

Ben Roethlisberger: Thanks! It was great being in Detroit for the game. I've dreamed about playing in the Super Bowl since I was a kid--I'm sure playing in the Super Bowl is something every kid dreams about--and to just be there and do it was a dream come true. Seeing all the Super Bowl banners of your team and the pictures of yourself just feels amazing.

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