With 10 largely successful NFL seasons already under his belt, it would be understandable if Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stuck to his usual offseason workout routine.
However, Roethlisberger changed his approach entering his 11th campaign. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 32-year-old Roethlisberger employed a nutritionist and a personal trainer.
“I want this year to be my best year and if I have to do extra things I’m going to do it,” Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette‘s Ed Bouchette.
Of his new regimen, Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette: “I felt like the time is right. That youth wears off. You start getting to 32, it’s time. As your body deteriorates, your natural talents start to go a little bit.”
According to the Post-Gazette, the 6-foot-5, 241-pound Roethlisberger also worked on his arm strength in the offseason, and Roethlisberger indicated he’s already seen some of the fruits of labor.
“My arm is stronger than it’s been in my career, I believe,” Roethlisberger told the paper. “Even in [spring] practices and minicamp the receivers said, ‘Ben that ball is getting to us a lot quicker, with a lot more spin on it, it feels real good.’ That should translate into better play.”
If Roethlisberger has calculated correctly and made the proper changes to his fitness, it should only help him remain a high-level starting quarterback. Thirty-two isn’t that old for a quarterback, especially for the very best at the position. Look no further than Peyton Manning (38), Tom Brady (37 in August) and Drew Brees (35).