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Ben Roethlisberger to evaluate “if there’s going to be a next season”

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gave an interesting answer on Tuesday to a question about how much longer he thinks he will be playing in the NFL.

During an appearance on “The Cook and Poni Show” on 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger said he didn’t know how much longer he’d be playing and stopped short of confirming that he would be returning for the 2017 season.

“I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options,” Roethlisberger said. “To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season. All those things. I think at this point in my career, at my age, that’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year.”

Roethlisberger was asked a follow up to confirm that he was considering not playing anymore which drew a laugh and a repeat of his feeling that it was prudent to evaluate. He said he wants to walk away from his career rather than get carted off and said “head injuries are always a big thing” when discussing some of the things he’d be considering.

Roethlisberger is signed for three more years under an extension signed in 2015 that came with a $31 million signing bonus. Retiring could lead him to pay back some of that bonus while also foregoing $46 million in salary and bonus as well as escalators in the final two years that could lead to a higher payout.

Those are plenty of reasons to keep playing and a tough loss to the Patriots may be coloring his thoughts, but Roethlisberger says, for now, that he’s not sure of anything.

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  1. chino1985 says: Jan 24, 2017 11:55 AM

    Sounds like someone is sour they lost to the Pats.

  2. thelongestgoodbye says: Jan 24, 2017 11:59 AM

    As a Ravens fan I hope he continues to play, it makes for great match ups, which many times he get’s the better of.

    As a man, I hope he does what he needs to in order to be healthy and happy.

  3. heisthejuan says: Jan 24, 2017 11:59 AM

    The Pats don’t just beat the Steelers, they take away their will to play.

  4. chuckshontaspads says: Jan 24, 2017 12:00 PM

    Roethlisberger has really grown as a man and role model, took him some time to change his ways but as a Pats fan I have great respect for him as a great player and a good family man. I am sure whatever he decides will be the correct choice for him..Great QB and great tough competitor.

  5. jocko1181 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:00 PM

    Great player, Hall of Famer without question. But he sure does have a little drama queen in him.

    Non-story, he’s not going anywhere.

  6. 700levelvet says: Jan 24, 2017 12:01 PM

    Yeah…. OK

  7. omegalh says: Jan 24, 2017 12:01 PM

    Ben is pulling the Favre-I-need-attention-so-I’ll-mention-retirement move

  8. 12444uggg says: Jan 24, 2017 12:01 PM

    Meh. Whatever.

  9. patsrthegreatest says: Jan 24, 2017 12:02 PM

    Always wise to consider health first. Everyone knows his injury history

  10. hafftime says: Jan 24, 2017 12:02 PM

    Oh no Ben, please tell me you’re not serious and are just saying that for unwarranted attention ? (Sarcasm)

  11. TB12RALLYCRY says: Jan 24, 2017 12:02 PM

    Much respect to Big Ben……hes done alot for the Steelers and is a Champion in his own right…..I enjoy watching him play ….

  12. bullcharger says: Jan 24, 2017 12:02 PM

    Ben has played through a lot of injuries. It must be difficult to make it all the way to the end and lose that way. Thinking about going through all that again would be tough. Also, I think the nasty SI article didn’t help him want to keep playing.

  13. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:03 PM

    He knows as long as Brady and Belichick are in the AFC he has little to no chance to win. Brady owns the Steelers.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:03 PM

    Wow that’s a surprise. I figured he’d be playing at least another 3-4 years.

    Can’t see him wanting to repay much signing bonus money. Seems likely he’s back next season.

    But if he gets another concussion next season at any point sounds like he is quite rightly more worried about his brain than continuing to play.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 24, 2017 12:03 PM

    Oh boy, here we go. Brett Favre 2.0.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 24, 2017 12:04 PM

    He should have retired after losing to Tebow in the playoffs. He has done nothing to redeem his reputation since then. Only 3 playoffs wins in 5 years.

  17. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 24, 2017 12:05 PM

    Perhaps this is a leverage play aimed at getting Tomlin out the door? Big Ben isn’t getting any younger and if this last weekend showed anything, it’s that Tomlin won’t be taking him back to the promised land

  18. ninerfan81 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:05 PM

    ha…buck up man…you’re just caught up in the Pats era of dominance…it’s happened to the best of em…at least you have a couple rings though…

  19. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Jan 24, 2017 12:05 PM

    He will probably play out the contract, and then retire. It is no fun taking out your checkbook to pay back a signing bonus.

  20. djstat says: Jan 24, 2017 12:05 PM

    I hope every patriots fan enjoys their cheap shots. The rest of us look forward to your fan base when you fall to 2-14 when Brady retires and Belichek retires…in 2027

  21. RE LEE says: Jan 24, 2017 12:06 PM

    C’mon Ben, you’re a spring chicken. A lot of avocado ice cream, a nice bed, and TB12 GOAT pajama to heal your body, you’ll be fresh as lettuce next season.
    It will be boring to lose another elite QB. Tomlin is the problem not you.

  22. claudegirwho says: Jan 24, 2017 12:07 PM

    You could tell throughout the year he knows he only has so many seasons left and he’s getting sick of having to tell the head coach to ya know be a head coach

  23. dickshotdogs says: Jan 24, 2017 12:07 PM

    Oh boy, here comes the queen of football drama, again. Look at me, look at me….. smh

  24. mrkbuilders says: Jan 24, 2017 12:08 PM

    His guys all came up empty last game. How many times has Rodgers, Manning or Brady played well enough to win only to watch the defense give up easy scores?

    That has to take a toll after a while. Not getting any younger…

  25. riggo08 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:08 PM

    Did he say this while wearing a neck brace, sling and walking boot? Drama queen will be back….

  26. kevpft says: Jan 24, 2017 12:09 PM

    “Frankly I’m getting a little tired of being one of the best QBs in the NFL but always coming up short in big games because my coaches get their lunch handed to them.”

  27. mantorras says: Jan 24, 2017 12:09 PM

    ‘hey everyone, look at me.’

  28. captainstabbins says: Jan 24, 2017 12:10 PM

    Menopause??

  29. cafetero1075 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:15 PM

    He needs to change his game some. Release the ball quicker. When you’re 34 taking the hits is not the same as 24.

  30. ravensbob says: Jan 24, 2017 12:15 PM

    Drama queen

  31. tjacks7 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:16 PM

    If I could retire at 33 years old with tens of millions in the bank I’d be gone before you could blink. Time is a non-renewable resource. Enjoy it while you can.

  32. sdelmonte says: Jan 24, 2017 12:17 PM

    So he gets to decide if there will be another season for everyone? Wow, that is a lot of power. I thought Bellichek had that right.

  33. joseferreira1967 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:18 PM

    There are a handful of QBs worth watching in this league and Big Ben is one of them.

    As a Pats fan it was a honour to play the Steelers, a great football team, on the way to the Super Bowl with Big Ben leading them.

    Sincerely hope he is back next year.

  34. patfanken says: Jan 24, 2017 12:18 PM

    Not to worry Steeler fans, Ben will be back. It’s surprising that such a truly tough QB can be such a drama queen.

    BTW- He’s this era’s Steve McNair, who owned that role early in the century.

  35. deadeye says: Jan 24, 2017 12:18 PM

    Big Ben needs to look out for #1. He’s made his millions and has two rings. What else is there for him to play for if his health is a serious concern?

  36. yourunclerico says: Jan 24, 2017 12:18 PM

    ……Bye Felicia

  37. nowearman714 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:18 PM

    MANopause (FTFY)

  38. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 24, 2017 12:19 PM

    The Steelers and Packers are in the same boat. They have good coaches, but these two franchises could have almost any coach they want given their history and their starting QB.

    Their success is in a way hindering their success. Almost every year the Packers do just enough to make it look ridiculous to fire McCarthy. The Steelers know Tomlin is a good leader, but he’s just not equipped from an X’s and O’s perspective to outsmart Bill Belichick.

    Imagine the Packers with Jim Harbaugh at the helm.

  39. zillabeast says: Jan 24, 2017 12:22 PM

    Swap him out for Tony Romo, Steelers won’t miss a beat.

  40. goodellmustgoblog says: Jan 24, 2017 12:22 PM

    captainstabbins says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:10 PM

    Menopause??
    ______________________
    (cue Adam Sandler voice):

    More like “Benopause!”

  41. indywilson40 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:24 PM

    Egomaniac Qb, desperately seeking attention. Please Ben, you’re the greatest, don’t retire:( SMH

  42. wib22 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:24 PM

    I will retire unless I get a *cough* new contract *cough*

  43. brownoholic says: Jan 24, 2017 12:25 PM

    I wonder which QB my Brownies will pass up on and later dominate us for an eternity in black & gold.

  44. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jan 24, 2017 12:25 PM

    Dude rides around on a motorcycle without a helmet and now all of a sudden he’s worried about head injuries?

  45. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:28 PM

    Gawd, I can’t wait for the Super Bowl…The Pats’ trolls, with their holier than thou attitude, make it so easy to root against the Pats. After this one, NE can put their stamp on another record, most Super Bowl defeats, 5 (shared with Denver) Who cares if you get the Big Dance, if you don’t win? Sorry real Pats’ fans…the devil made me do it. LOL

  46. steelcurtainn says: Jan 24, 2017 12:29 PM

    Big Ben’s going nowhere but back on the field next year and he knows it. He’d be crazy to leave before adding one more superbowl win to his resume.

  47. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:30 PM

    “I hope every patriots fan enjoys their cheap shots. The rest of us look forward to your fan base when you fall to 2-14 when Brady retires and Belichek retires…in 2027”

    Ok I know that was tongue in cheek and funny, made me laugh. But myself and several other Pats fans have posted respectful comments here along with the ones taking cheap shots. And not all the people taking the low road are Pats fans either.

  48. dallascowboysforever says: Jan 24, 2017 12:30 PM

    How about instead of retiring from the league, he retires from the Steelers and goes to a team like the Texans, or Broncos, or Bears? Each of these teams need a quarterback and aside from the Bears, these teams are not that bad with decent coordinators. The Texans have a good defense and so does the Broncos. Honestly, Ben deserves a better team.

  49. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 24, 2017 12:31 PM

    Who cares if you get the Big Dance, if you don’t win?

    Well Mr Penguin, that would be the other 30 teams that didn’t get there.

  50. maust1013 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:32 PM

    djstat says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:05 PM
    I hope every patriots fan enjoys their cheap shots.
    ==================

    Cheap shots? Like failing to capitalize Patriots? Every Pats fan? This Pats fan thinks Roethlisberger is a phenomenal QB and a lock as a 1st ballot HoF’er that has grown tremendously over the years to become a true leader that may resent the drop off in the maturity level being tolerated in his locker room.

  51. lingsun54 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:33 PM

    The article should have given Ben’s age. He turns 35 this year. Sure, he can still play at a high level. If he’s smart he’ll retire. He doesn’t want to end up like Jim McMahon who doesn’t even remember playing in the Super Bowl.

  52. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:33 PM

    “The Pats’ trolls, with their holier than thou attitude”

    All you and many other Steelers fans did last week was troll Pats articles with a lot of fecal matter over and over, tell us how the Steelers were going to put up 40 on the Pats and blow them away.

    And talk about the nasty tone and content of many of those posts. Then most of you disappeared for the last couple days hiding your heads in the sand.

    Now you act all self righteous about Pats fans posting in Steelers threads? Especially since a lot of those comments at least on this article are respectful?

    SMH

  53. mysterytonite says: Jan 24, 2017 12:34 PM

    So embellishing injuries no longer fulfills his giant ego he has not resorted to the Brett Favre school of attention seeking. Soon he will go full Manti Teo’ and start making up fake dead girlfriends.

    I do agree with one of the the above posters about Tomlin and that Ben seems to have to remind him that he is a Head Coach and to be that. Tomlin gets way to caught up in the game and you can tell that he wants to be a player so bad. Cheerleading will only get you so far and Tomlin has really lucked out with some of the tremendous coaches and gm that he has had to aid him in his success. Munchak, Hailey, Lebeau and Butler are all top notch and Hailey is overdue for another head coaching opportunity.

  54. mullman76 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:34 PM

    Drama Queen.

  55. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:36 PM

    1 0
    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:31 PM
    Who cares if you get the Big Dance, if you don’t win?

    Well Mr Penguin, that would be the other 30 teams that didn’t get there.

    0 0
    ———————-
    So what you are saying is, the Pats are just happy to be there? They will be satisfied with a loss, under your program? I call BS on that…the point is, nobody fawns over the loser…

  56. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 24, 2017 12:37 PM

    I’ll miss him, legit. He’s no TB but no one else is either.

    I’ll freely admit that until NE was 3 scores up with less than 10 minutes to go I was expecting Ben to bring them back. It just wasn’t your year Ben. Your 35, well off and reasonably healthy and can now do whatever the heck you want. I’d be on the beach this afternoon.

  57. baltimoresnativeson says: Jan 24, 2017 12:37 PM

    Mr Drama Big Ben.

    He is not retiring. But whenever he finally does you can be sure it will be the longest most drawn out drama filled decision in history.

    It will make Brett Favre’s look like Andre Johnson’s.

  58. cardinealsfan20 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:38 PM

    He’s 34 and has played 13 seasons. He’d be nuts to keep playing. It has nothing to do with Tomlin, teammates, or anything else. There’s nothing left to prove.

  59. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 12:43 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:

    Ok I know that was tongue in cheek and funny, made me laugh. But myself and several other Pats fans have posted respectful comments here along with the ones taking cheap shots. And not all the people taking the low road are Pats fans either.

    —————————
    You would be correct sir…and to you I say Good Luck!

  60. jm91rs says: Jan 24, 2017 12:44 PM

    As a human, I hope he does whatever makes him and his family happiest. As a football fan I laugh at the notion that he has any interest in walking away and firmly believe he’s setting himself up for another pat on the back when he returns next year. Drama drama drama.

  61. bonitalocal says: Jan 24, 2017 12:46 PM

    It’s obviously not health-related, or he wouldn’t weigh 400 lbs..
    It takes a Joey Porter tantrum to squeeze Ben’s helmet on to his head.
    2 years after Ben retires, he is going to look like Humpty Dumpty.
    He better keep playing, just for a bit of exercise!

  62. inozwetrust says: Jan 24, 2017 12:50 PM

    Ben is a stud. No way does he hang it up. Damn!!

    – Ravens fan

  63. mrkbuilders says: Jan 24, 2017 12:51 PM

    ‘DallasCowboysForever’ hit the nail on the head…

    Imagine if Ben is considering a different team more than a retirement. It’s not a bad idea, sometimes a change of scenery is what’s best. I hope he stays in the AFC though.

    The NFC clearly has more “above-average” QBs. If Ben goes to the NFC, it becomes Brady and everyone else in the AFC. That’s not good for anybody, including the Patriots.

  64. johnnycantread says: Jan 24, 2017 1:02 PM

    Don’t treat retirement talk like injury news:
    Amounting to lot of BS, smoke and mirrors.

    Don’t pull a “Farve”… Having the team and the fans beg you to stay, just to stroke your ego.

    If you’re gonna retire, just go.

  65. 52crabcakes says: Jan 24, 2017 1:03 PM

    biggest drama queen that wasn’t born a female.

  66. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:05 PM

    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:31 PM
    Who cares if you get the Big Dance, if you don’t win?

    Well Mr Penguin, that would be the other 30 teams that didn’t get there.
    ————————-

    True, it is quite an accomplishment to get there..just as it is to get to the Championship games, but no team should be satisfied with just getting there. Somehow, I doubt, the loser will find solace in just getting there. That’s part of the problem with the Steelers now…too many people are happy with “getting there”, and point to winning records as justification for not making necessary changes. I have no problems with the Pats, and to be honest, I’m a little envious that they have a no-nonsense coach who put a system in place that expects nothing but greatness from his players…Good Luck.

  67. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:06 PM

    The guy has taken a lot of hits
    One into a car
    Maybe we need to relax
    He is the same age as Eli but with all the injuries

  68. damcmp says: Jan 24, 2017 1:09 PM

    Since when has he done the prudent sand smart thing. Just ask the woman in Tahoe and and the girl in Milledgeville, Ga bathroom

  69. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Jan 24, 2017 1:15 PM

    Geez, this guy is so starved for attention it’s pathetic. Either retire or keep playing, you big indecisive baby. He’s not some hero riding off into the sunset. He embarassed this team to no end, then started blowing all the big games. He got stomped by Rodgers, Tebow, Flacco, Manning, and now Brady. And still, he wants all the media focus on him while two real teams are playing for a Lombardi. Puh-leez.

  70. rob471773 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:17 PM

    Here we go, this guy is going to be a bigger drama queen then Favre with his retirement.

    Nothing Ben loves more than people talking about him it’s the same with all of those “injuries” that he so famously guts it out through.

    Here’s an idea to achieve some career longevity:

    1. lose 40 pounds (your a professional athlete that looks like a beer league softball 1st baseman)

    2. Stop being a hero on every snap holding the ball forever and learn when to throw it away or just concede a sack.

    Basically just be Tom Brady.

  71. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:18 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:33 PM
    “The Pats’ trolls, with their holier than thou attitude”

    All you and many other Steelers fans did last week was troll Pats articles with a lot of fecal matter over and over, tell us how the Steelers were going to put up 40 on the Pats and blow them away.
    ——————-
    Don’t include me in the that statement..lol. I have had nothing negative to say about the Pats as a team. As a matter of fact, I complimented the Pats’ win right after the game. I never felt good about the Steelers winning the game from day one. I had a feeling Tomlin would come in with a horrible plan, as he is prone to do…The statement was directed at trolls, not real fans.

  72. citizenstrange says: Jan 24, 2017 1:20 PM

    The drama queen says “Oh look at me!”

    In 5 of the past 6 Steeler playoff games Big Ben could not score more than 18 points. And a lot of those points were garbage time garbage points against prevent defenses in the last few minutes of losses. Sunday’s game was very typical. 9 points in the first 56 minutes when it actually mattered.

    I know everyone thinks Big Ben is a Hall of Fame, elite, franchise quarterback but he plays very small in big games. He is replaceable. Thanks to the Patriots garbage time prevent defense he got 1 more point against the Patriots than Brock Osweiler did the week before. How good can he be? Seriously?

  73. hendawg21 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:20 PM

    No Steeler fan but will admit Big Ben is a helluva QB, now on another note, this is why I despise the Patriots and most of their fans..took you 41 years to win your first SB and just because you won 4 in the last 16 years doesn’t make you world beaters, of course you constantly win the AFC Least look at the competition or lack thereof. If any of the other 3 teams in that division could ever amount to anything again the division might be a bit more respectable.

  74. pgh247 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:21 PM

    Ben will be back. As long as Bryant stays clean that’s just another big weapon he can throw to. Too bad Bryant could lay off the weed this year as after Brown the Steelers had nothing. I think next year will be the Steelers best and last chance of getting back to the Super Bowl and possibly also Ben’s last year.

  75. rob471773 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:21 PM

    If your really unsure about it, why voice it publicly? This guy just wants media attention because the real QB’s have advanced and everyone’s forgot about FAT Benny Boy.

  76. spungy says: Jan 24, 2017 1:23 PM

    “I’ll stay only if Tom retires” lol

  77. floriowasthewomanthatbigbenraped says: Jan 24, 2017 1:30 PM

    Ben takes the cart off the field every time he trips.

    You’re up Landry Jones.

  78. rob471773 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:30 PM

    Steelers will live in Patriots shadow as long as Brady and Belichick are on board.

    Belichick embarrasses Tomlin every time and there’s no end in sight.

  79. floriowasthewomanthatbigbenraped says: Jan 24, 2017 1:31 PM

    That’s it! I QUIT!

  80. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 24, 2017 1:32 PM

    djstat says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:05 PM
    I hope every patriots fan enjoys their cheap shots.

    This pats fan has been enjoying the cheap shots of “steel this” and “pittsburgh that” and some drooling fool for quite some time now. In fact, we’ve been taking cheap shots from Pittsburgh for about 40 years.

    We’ve already seen 2-14. We’re still here and not going anywhere.

  81. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 24, 2017 1:34 PM

    hendawg21 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:20 PM
    No Steeler fan but will admit Big Ben is a helluva QB, now on another note, this is why I despise the Patriots and most of their fans..took you 41 years to win your first SB and just because you won 4 in the last 16 years doesn’t make you world beaters

    Well yeah, it sort of does.

  82. wttoolman says: Jan 24, 2017 1:35 PM

    Ben and Willie Colon are teaming up again, the ladies better watch out!!

  83. gammynomnom says: Jan 24, 2017 1:38 PM

    Does this drama queen ever shut up?

  84. brawlkc says: Jan 24, 2017 1:41 PM

    Is he playing this up, too? God, what a drama queen. Take your L, pay some more restitution to those women you sexually assaulted and get your mongo rear end up and play next season you schmuck.

    I’m saying this as a Chiefs fan, shush bro. We know you’re going to play. Just like your broken legs and arms and butt, you’re going to play so we all admire how tough you are. I respect you but you’re a turd man.

  85. hang3xc says: Jan 24, 2017 1:43 PM

    “Who cares if you get the Big Dance, if you don’t win?”

    It really is an accomplishment to even get there. Some teams are happy to just make the playoffs. Others haven’t made the playoffs in years. The majority of teams can’t even think about getting to a conference championship game, let alone the SB… and Brady has been to SIX AFCCG’s IN A ROW.

    Winning his 5th would be the ultimate accomplishment, but it’s going to be a tall order. The Falcons are HOT right now. Losing to them would be nothing to be ashamed of.

    I sincerely hope the Pats win. Brady can become the undisputed best ever with a record 5 SB wins. He can also enjoy holding that trophy that Goodell was so intent on keeping from him. ANd who knows, maybe he’d even retire, and the rest of the league can rejoice, knowing that maybe now they’ll have a chance

  86. nhpats says: Jan 24, 2017 1:48 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:04 PM
    He should have retired after losing to Tebow in the playoffs. He has done nothing to redeem his reputation since then. Only 3 playoffs wins in 5 years.

    ————–

    When was the last time your Jets won a playoff game Jets fan? In fact, maybe your Jets should have signed Tim Tebow instead of wasting money on Ryan Fitzpatrick this last season. What do you think Jets fan?

  87. connfyoozed says: Jan 24, 2017 1:49 PM

    Much respect to the Pats, Ravens and fans of other teams who have enjoyed watching Ben play and respect him as a competitor. Yes, he used to be a mess off the field. Yes, he can be quite the drama queen. But he is a first ballot Hall of Famer who has been an absolute treat to watch play for all of these years. He has continued to amaze with his ability, toughness, and lately his leadership. Thanks for the appreciated respect from true football fans.

    — a lifelong Steeler fan

  88. mmack66 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:52 PM

    I don’t see him walking out on $40+ million, but stranger things have happened.

  89. darkneptune73 says: Jan 24, 2017 1:55 PM

    Tom Cheating Brady needs to retire before Big Ben.

  90. mrreality1 says: Jan 24, 2017 2:05 PM

    Great! The new Brett Favre. Now he can get the attention that wavering on retirement gets every year for a while.

  91. lp0320 says: Jan 24, 2017 2:09 PM

    To all of the haters out there, why trash the man? He was asked a question and he answered it. I really think he’s seriously evaluating what he should do. I personally think he’ll come back, but this isn’t the first time he’s expressed fear regarding the head injuries.

    I think there’s definite concern over that when you take into consideration the hits he has taken over the years, including the motorcycle accident without a helmet.

    He’s changed over the years and he’s really come forward as a family man. I don’t blame him for thinking about it. I think part of this may be frustration for the p*ss poor game plan that was developed by Tomlin and Butler, but I don’t think this is the Brett Favre thing. Just my opinion.

  92. A Reader says: Jan 24, 2017 2:13 PM

    Probably wants time to continue his amateur career of getting away with sexual assault.

  93. bronco1st says: Jan 24, 2017 2:14 PM

    Stay tuned for Lamestream media reports that he’s going to Denver, the media dumpster for old, broken QBs…

  94. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 24, 2017 2:18 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    …Then most of you disappeared for the last couple days hiding your heads in the sand.
    —————————
    “hiding” is a bit strong. I would imagine most of those posters you are talking about felt like I did yesterday – too depressed over the Steelers pathetic, uninspiring, error-filled performance to want to read/talk about anything football related.

    With that said – congrats on the win, NE earned it. And lastly, how long until we find out that the drunk fire-alarm-puller is on the Pats payroll. Just kidding – one final troll before a long, miserable offseason.

  95. lordliftedme says: Jan 24, 2017 2:27 PM

    Goodbye, GaGa!!!!

  96. tedmurph says: Jan 24, 2017 2:29 PM

    Roethlisberger has made almost 160 mil during his career. If he has to walk away from more and give back some bonus money, he still has enough to support his family for the next 4-5 generations. That being said, I’d be suprised if he walked. Players are always encouraged to take their time evaluating after the season ends on a sour note.

    Roethlisberger has been a great player, but Steeler fans that think he is a 1rst ballot, slam dunk HOFer may be suprised, as it stands now. He’ll probably make it, he has 2 rings, but it’s no slam dunk. This isn’t like baseball, where they take too many guys. In a generation that’s produced Brady, Manning, Brees , Rodgers, etc, he’s never even been in the top 3 of his own generation.

  97. ilovemyravens says: Jan 24, 2017 2:35 PM

    #DramaQueenModeActivated

  98. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 24, 2017 2:50 PM

    kevinlawrencecantor says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:19 PM

    The Steelers and Packers are in the same boat. They have good coaches, but these two franchises could have almost any coach they want given their history and their starting QB.

    Their success is in a way hindering their success. Almost every year the Packers do just enough to make it look ridiculous to fire McCarthy. The Steelers know Tomlin is a good leader, but he’s just not equipped from an X’s and O’s perspective to outsmart Bill Belichick.

    Imagine the Packers with Jim Harbaugh at the helm.
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    You’ve pretty much nailed it on every point.

    Roethlisberger sounds like a guy who’s just frustrated over the above so I wouldn’t bet on him hanging it up just yet. Harbaugh’s the one guy who can hang with Belichick strategically, which is why he’s whooped New England on the way to the Super Bowl but the Steelers haven’t. What’s more, he’s done it with a lesser QB. But sorry Ben, you don’t get Harbs.

    What the Steelers lacked most facing New England was Bryant, the real receiving threat that would’ve made New England pay for keying on Brown. Instead he got guys who: 1. Dropped one sure TD pass. 2. Ran out of bounds for no reason to negate a second sure TD pass. 3. Couldn’t punch in another TD from the one foot line. 4. Totally misplayed a perfect bomb on the first series that might’ve gone for another TD.

    I think I might be saying some stuff in frustration right now too.

    Look we all know the difference in coaching staffs. The Steelers will have a real chance to beat New England if, and only if, they put a healthy Ben, Brown, Bryant and Bell on the same field along with (we hope) the real TE threat they’re going to draft. Of course this depends on Rowdy Roger allowing Bryant back in the league next year, but let’s be optimistic. Having this crew would allow the Steelers to engage in a scoring contest with New England even when they’re defense pulls the inevitable lame showing against Brady.

    I think if Roger lets Bryant back in, Ben will be singing a different tune.

  99. rootpain says: Jan 24, 2017 2:51 PM

    That reminds me. When is Goodell going to sanction the Giants and force Mara to give up ownership for his blatant abetting of domestic violence after Mara himself wrote the league’s zero tolerance policy?

  100. lordliftedme says: Jan 24, 2017 2:54 PM

    Seriously – maybe it’s time! You have 40 year old Tom Brady still dragging a bunch “no-names” to the superbowl. Ben had arguably the best receiver and running back in the league and still couldn’t get it done. If it weren’t for LeVeon and Antonio Ben wouldn’t have sniffed the AFCCG! For that,

    I say “Hasta La Vista, Baby!”

  101. briang123 says: Jan 24, 2017 2:59 PM

    The Steelers will have either Roethlisburger or me at starting QB come week 1 of the 2017 season. You can guess which one.

  102. vottorific says: Jan 24, 2017 3:07 PM

    He aint payin no money back.

  103. rynehawk says: Jan 24, 2017 3:16 PM

    Drama

  104. greggallmansliver says: Jan 24, 2017 3:16 PM

    The dude has taken shots over the last ten years like no other. Tough as they come. I’d bet every off season has gotten progressively worse in the time it takes to heal, if he heals completely at all. He’s likely to keep playing, all he really said is he should evaluate every year. Make sense to me. Ask a question, get an answer. I’d like to see him stick around for a few more battles.

  105. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 24, 2017 3:21 PM

    lordliftedme says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:54 PM

    Seriously – maybe it’s time! You have 40 year old Tom Brady still dragging a bunch “no-names” to the superbowl. Ben had arguably the best receiver and running back in the league and still couldn’t get it done. If it weren’t for LeVeon and Antonio Ben wouldn’t have sniffed the AFCCG! For that,

    I say “Hasta La Vista, Baby!”
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    I guess you missed the game. Ben had that “best running back” for all of 6 carries and none of them were carried out with a healthy groin. The Patriots also put 2 and 3 guys on that best receiver, which left Ben guys like the great Cobi Hamilton to drop or wipe out two sure TDs. I think you said “adios” to your brain cells years ago.
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    tedmurph says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:29 PM

    Roethlisberger has been a great player, but Steeler fans that think he is a 1rst ballot, slam dunk HOFer may be suprised, as it stands now. He’ll probably make it, he has 2 rings, but it’s no slam dunk. This isn’t like baseball, where they take too many guys. In a generation that’s produced Brady, Manning, Brees , Rodgers, etc, he’s never even been in the top 3 of his own generation.
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    tedsmurf I agree, no first ballot (although if he wins another ring that could change). He’ll make it but have to wait, but make it nonetheless. As for your “top 3” assessment that’s plain wrong, he’s been top 3 for quite a while (behind Pretty Boy and Older Manning). People who spout the Brees line crack me up, he’s a Dome Warrior with skewed stats and fewer rings than Ben. Not to mention one fewer “greatest comeback drive ever to win the Super Bowl in the last two minutes” than Mr. Roethlisberger (and yeah, that includes Montana’s vs. Cincy).

  106. tqaztec says: Jan 24, 2017 3:28 PM

    He’s been to and won more SB than Rodgers. Rodgers has Dilfer and Flacco

  107. Dave Fouchey says: Jan 24, 2017 3:33 PM

    “lp0320 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:09 PM
    To all of the haters out there, why trash the man? ”

    Because for all he has accomplished on the field, off the field to many of us he will always be Ben Rapelsburger. And THAT is all on him, he built that, no one else. HE can run but he cannot hide from his own past, all of his past, Football and life wise.

  108. fireroger says: Jan 24, 2017 3:41 PM

    Drama queen. Of course he’s going to play next year.

  109. ikeclanton says: Jan 24, 2017 3:41 PM

    He isn’t going anywhere–he just said that at this stage of his career, you evaluate everything year to year. I’ll bet he plays until 38-39, and I sincerely hope to see that because he’s one of the best in the league.

    Tomlin is not a good enough coach to get his team to an AFC championship without him, but most aren’t anyway.

  110. zibet says: Jan 24, 2017 3:47 PM

    Always hated but also admired his play as a Ravens fan. There was no one better or tougher for several years. I take him seriously here bc the last year or more he has not looked like the same Ben. The old Ben was absolutely fearless on every down. Now it seems like more and more he picks his spots and who can blame him – not much left to prove. The Steelers have no threatened to go the Super Bowl in quite awhile (2010). He really played poorly all down the stretch but Bell and the defense stepped up

  111. cosmicconvoy says: Jan 24, 2017 3:47 PM

    Jets or bust

  112. A Reader says: Jan 24, 2017 4:11 PM

    cosmicconvoy says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:47 PM
    Jets or bust

    ————————

    There’s a difference?

  113. natijim235 says: Jan 24, 2017 4:12 PM

    this guy’s trippin’ how many times have we seen this drama queen say the same things about injuries the week going into a big game – just go home sit on the couch and watch the super bowl and see you in camp next season

  114. tedmurph says: Jan 24, 2017 4:23 PM

    So…. Roethlisberger is better than Aaron Rodgers AND DBrees, behind only Brady and Manning? You’d be hardpressed to find a non steeler fan that agreed with that assessment. Roethlisberger is closer to Eli Manning(slightly better) than Peyton.

  115. newmancave2016 says: Jan 24, 2017 4:36 PM

    I call BS. He said the same thing after the Eagles beat him in 2008. Big Ben is a freaking drama queen.

  116. 2017nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says: Jan 24, 2017 4:56 PM

    He’s going to take some time this summer to prey

    I mean pray!

  117. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 5:21 PM

    Dave Fouchey says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:33 PM

    Because for all he has accomplished on the field, off the field to many of us he will always be Ben Rapelsburger. And THAT is all on him, he built that, no one else. HE can run but he cannot hide from his own past, all of his past, Football and life wise.
    ———————————–

    So, at what point has someone paid enough for a crime that they were never charged with or convicted of? Oh, I know, the Steelers paid them all off, the Police, the DA, the Judges, all the employees at various venues…Do I think he behaved poorly, probably so…Do I think he raped anyone..no. But, everyone has an opinion, and you are entitled to yours. But I do have one question, why not the feigned outrage on every article about Jameis Winston?

  118. rainsarge says: Jan 24, 2017 5:29 PM

    For anyone blaming Tomlin for Pittsburg giving up 36 pts the Pats just finished lighting the number 1 defense for 34 pts. Just sayin’

  119. bleck5 says: Jan 24, 2017 5:40 PM

    As a Pats fan, Ben is a very likable classy guy unlike a certain coach in the Steelers organization.

    But people don’t exaggerate how dramatic he is.

  120. pmars64 says: Jan 24, 2017 5:49 PM

    I don’t like Ben or the Steelers, but if he’s trying to leverage getting Tomlin fired, it may not be bad for Pittsburgh. I was truly surprised how badly the Tomlin and his staff were out-coached. Nothing they did in that game surprised anyone. Losing Bell was a huge loss, no doubt, but, do something to fool the Patriots.

    In all my (40 – gasp!) years of watching football, I’ve never seen a playoff Steelers team look so second class compared to a team like the Pats. The Steelers either set the standard or could stand toe-to-toe with someone else who did. But, on Sunday, these Steelers looked like they weren’t in the same league as the Pats and somebody in that organization needs to figure out why and do something about it.

  121. mmack66 says: Jan 24, 2017 6:03 PM

    steelpenguin6687 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:21 PM

    So, at what point has someone paid enough for a crime that they were never charged with or convicted of?
    —————————

    For rape? I hope never.

    The guy served a 4-game suspension. Are you saying he was suspended for no reason, yet he served it anyway?

  122. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 6:22 PM

    steelpenguin6687 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:21 PM

    So, at what point has someone paid enough for a crime that they were never charged with or convicted of?
    —————————

    For rape? I hope never.

    The guy served a 4-game suspension. Are you saying he was suspended for no reason, yet he served it anyway
    _—————–

    Reading is fundamental…I’ll let you look up why he had the suspension…But I’ll give you a little tip, it wasn’t for rape.

  123. bradygirl12 says: Jan 24, 2017 6:26 PM

    I’ve never been a fan of Roethlisberger or Jameis Winston. Every time I see them play I always have the creepy things they did to women in the back of my mind. Money buys silence. If either one of them left the NFL,I would not care.

  124. realtruthteller100 says: Jan 24, 2017 6:30 PM

    he makes a good point about there not being a next season. its likely if the pats win the superbowl that goodell will disolve league before handing brady the trophy.

  125. lp0320 says: Jan 24, 2017 6:40 PM

    @@dave douchey (oops sorry LOL)

    Because for all he has accomplished on the field, off the field to many of us he will always be Ben Rapelsburger. And THAT is all on him, he built that, no one else. HE can run but he cannot hide from his own past, all of his past, Football and life wise.
    ____________
    Never charged, never tried . . . the Tahoe incident was proven that the woman accuser was a serial groupie of ‘celebrities’ and no evidence whatsoever was provided . . . the Georgia incident, the girl was so inebriated so didn’t know what side was up. . . DA wouldn’t charge him, girl’s father wouldn’t press charges, other witnesses could not confirm her story . . was he a dbag when he was younger, yes . . . but that doesn’t make him a rapist. It makes him a self entitled jerk. But for all reports, he is not the man he was when he was younger. Innocent until proven guilty.

  126. imodan says: Jan 24, 2017 6:42 PM

    I see Ben’s embraced this whole new “alternate facts” thing. Walking away from $46 million and having to repay a good chunk of $31 million is never going to happen and that’s a fact!

  127. lp0320 says: Jan 24, 2017 6:42 PM

    And to add to my comment, how sad that these women falsely accuse, it makes it that much hard for real victims to get justice.

  128. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 24, 2017 7:37 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Jan 24, 2017 4:23 PM

    So…. Roethlisberger is better than Aaron Rodgers AND DBrees, behind only Brady and Manning? You’d be hardpressed to find a non steeler fan that agreed with that assessment. Roethlisberger is closer to Eli Manning(slightly better) than Peyton.
    ————————————————-

    The pecking order hasn’t been fixed year in and year out. Some years it’s been Ben over Rodgers, other years vice versa. Just as it’s been Older Manning over Brady some years, Brady over Older Manning most years, but still…

    Brees gets worked in there too, and relax I’m not saying he isn’t a top-level guy. I’m just saying those who say that Roethlisberger isn’t in his league are out of their minds. (For one thing, Tommy, Ben and Rodgers do their thing outdoors, and sorry, that has to be taken into consideration.)

    You’re pulling out top 3, an arbitrary number but OK. I think of it more as a group of 5, with varying levels. You probably refuse to remember but after ’08 Ben was being mentioned as THE best, then Rodgers was placed on top a couple years later. Most it’s been Brady and P. Manning on top, then fit the other 3 guys in there however you wish.

  129. mmack66 says: Jan 24, 2017 7:46 PM

    steelpenguin6687 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:22 PM

    Reading is fundamental…I’ll let you look up why he had the suspension…But I’ll give you a little tip, it wasn’t for rape.
    ————————-

    Yeah, he got suspended for conduct unbecoming a person with morals.

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  130. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 24, 2017 8:26 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 7:46 PM

    steelpenguin6687 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:22 PM

    Reading is fundamental…I’ll let you look up why he had the suspension…But I’ll give you a little tip, it wasn’t for rape.
    ————————-

    Yeah, he got suspended for conduct unbecoming a person with morals.

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
    ————————————————-

    I’m glad our system, even with all its flaws, relies on more than smoke signals to convict people.

  131. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Jan 25, 2017 8:22 AM

    I would think getting rid of Little Ben would be a big relief to the ignorant kool aid drinking fans who still defend him. Must be hard to look yourselves in the mirror when your hero is so tarnished that even he can’t stop himself from letting his team down. Just ask Rodgers, Tebow, Flacco, Manning, and Brady. Thankfully, these guys have stepped up and showed the world that such low-life behavior will not be rewarded.

  132. steeler43 says: Jan 25, 2017 8:29 PM

    I think it’s 50% frustration with the coaching staff and 50% concern for his health.

  133. varangia says: Jan 25, 2017 9:15 PM

    He doesn’t think Tomlin can get the job done, so he’s souring on coming back.

  134. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 26, 2017 12:55 PM

    Get ready for 3 more years of this retirement talk out of Big Ben… His inner Favre is coming out!

  135. ibillwt says: Jan 26, 2017 8:07 PM

    So…. Roethlisberger is better than Aaron Rodgers AND DBrees, behind only Brady and Manning? You’d be hardpressed to find a non steeler fan that agreed with that assessment. Roethlisberger is closer to Eli Manning(slightly better) than Peyton.
    ———————————
    Rothlisberger might not be better than Brees or Rogers, but he never gagged in playoffs like Peyton Manning did.

    I’d fault Tomlin not Rothlisberger for the poor showing against my Pats.

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