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Ben Roethlisberger will play in 2017

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When it came to levels of suspense, Ben Roethlisberger’s musings about a possible retirement after the end of the 2016 season came in around the same spot as Daniel LaRusso’s eventual return to the mat for the finals of the All-Valley 18-and-under karate tournament.

Hitchcockian or not, though, Roethlisberger never made it official that he’d be returning to the Steelers after amending his first statement in March to say that he was leaning toward a return. Until Friday, that is.

So there you have it. As you, the Steelers, the teams playing the Steelers, NFL fans, NFL media and anyone else who has ever heard of Roethlisberger surely assumed, the quarterback will be back under center in Pittsburgh this fall. Brett Favre hasn’t commented, but he’s likely unimpressed with how this all played out.

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  1. crackillsdumb says: Apr 7, 2017 2:50 PM

    That was never in doubt.. just an attention grab from shallow Ben

  2. dickshotdogs says: Apr 7, 2017 2:55 PM

    The word diva gets tossed around so often in conversations regarding NFL players, as well as words like “respect” and “classy”, but Ben really is a diva. Pretty tired of his act.

  3. tedmurph says: Apr 7, 2017 2:57 PM

    Come back for the next beatdown by your big brother. Probably twice next yr. Then ride off into the sunset with your tail between you’re legs.

  4. steelcurtainn says: Apr 7, 2017 2:57 PM

    No surprise here. Now fix the secondary and olb and win another sb.

  5. 513guy says: Apr 7, 2017 2:58 PM

    Shocking…..

  6. kickinpuppies says: Apr 7, 2017 3:00 PM

    WE all knew Ben was coming back, he’s the type of guy that just won’t take no for an answer.

  7. logast says: Apr 7, 2017 3:10 PM

    Wow. Didn’t see that one coming. Nope. Not at all.

  8. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Apr 7, 2017 3:14 PM

    Good. Patriots own him.

  9. newmancave2016 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:17 PM

    Surprised!

  10. damcmp says: Apr 7, 2017 3:23 PM

    Never a doubt!

  11. lightninhopkins says: Apr 7, 2017 3:23 PM

    Watch out ladies, Ben is back in town!

  12. bengals1974 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:23 PM

    Ben also said he did get hit pretty hard on his shin getting out of the pool yesterday, so he will have to see how his body reacts. He said he is a competitor, so he will gut through it… You know, his basic Thursday interview during the season. Just take “shin getting out of the pool” and replace with something that happened that didn’t look that bad in the week prior game..

    Don’t get me wrong, I stub my toe, out for 4-6 weeks!

  13. silverandblack052099 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:27 PM

    Everyone else knew Ben would be back before Ben knew he would be back.

  14. manderson4150 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:28 PM

    Now I can press on……..

  15. mantorras says: Apr 7, 2017 3:36 PM

    shocking.

  16. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Apr 7, 2017 3:36 PM

    Never an issue…. Ben is simply a drama queen.

  17. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 7, 2017 3:37 PM

    and we all know he used his ‘wristband’ to send that tweet

  18. sirjoeshmoe2015 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:39 PM

    Well there is a shocker!

  19. jocko1181 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:40 PM

    Drama Queen

  20. dietrich43 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:42 PM

    Ben talks of retiring.
    Steelers get interested in drafting the next franchise qb.
    Ben decides to come back.

  21. stairwayto7 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:44 PM

    He will win more games in September than the Browns do all season!

  22. illumination666 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:48 PM

    I had no idea this was even a thing..

  23. illumination666 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:49 PM

    There was never a doubt that he was going to play. Just another attention grab for Ben. He loves the attention. Just like how he gets injured every year with what should be a ‘season ending injury’, just to play the next game and be the hero.

  24. number1hawkfan says: Apr 7, 2017 3:49 PM

    Dude is a super bowl winning QB for a team a bunch of people (not me) love. It’s still not enough for him. He’s still got to use injuries and retirement talk to prop up his status. I shouldn’t throw stones cuz there’s a certain CB that has 30 INT, a super bowl ring and plays great run defense that isn’t happy on my favorite team but Ben is extremely annoying.

  25. jag1959 says: Apr 7, 2017 3:53 PM

    And the Vegas odds on Pittsburgh to win the Super Bowl just went from 18/1 to… 18/1. Even the notoriously cautious futures setters didn’t doubt Ben could would ignore 18.6 million good reason$ to give ‘Steeler Nation’ his best for a 14th season. He’s a great QB but man…

  26. justtherealfacts says: Apr 7, 2017 3:54 PM

    I bet bet he was waiting to See if Bryant was gonna be reinstated because his wr corps outside of Brown were below nfl standards last season. Really had two practice squad players as his no.2 and 3 wide outs for 75% of the season and probably could not stomach another season with them.

    He must have got inside info and assurance Bryant is gonna be good to go this season.

  27. bigbenisabigbaby says: Apr 7, 2017 4:01 PM

    kickinpuppies says:
    Apr 7, 2017 3:00 PM
    WE all knew Ben was coming back, he’s the type of guy that just won’t take no for an answer.
    ——————————————————-
    You WIN!

  28. jag1959 says: Apr 7, 2017 4:09 PM

    From “I just laugh it off, man” to “I meant to do that” in 2 short weeks.

    Richard Sherman, putting the db in DB since 2011

  29. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 7, 2017 4:14 PM

    it’s only a matter of time before Ben gets carted ONTO the field to start a game.

  30. tomtravis76 says: Apr 7, 2017 4:26 PM

    No way, he is really going to comeback to play another season? And here I thought the Pope didn’t wear a funny hat.
    When they retire his jersey in Pittsburgh will it have lace or frills?

  31. rob471773 says: Apr 7, 2017 4:35 PM

    Ben is 40 pounds overweight, slow and holds on to the ball forever, resulting in way too many unnecessary hits. He’ll be forced to retire long before Tom Brady.

    Unless Big Ben learns to get the ball out on time and starts throwing the ball away or conceding sacks, he’s never playing 16 games again.

  32. jag1959 says: Apr 7, 2017 4:42 PM

    From “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” to “I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best!” in 10 weeks.

    Ben being Ben.

  33. diehardfootballfan says: Apr 7, 2017 4:56 PM

    Ok Ben…..that was tuff to figure out. You are the only drama queen left since Romo left. Should be an interesting season.

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2017 5:03 PM

    Ben is 40 pounds overweight, slow and holds on to the ball forever, resulting in way too many unnecessary hits. He’ll be forced to retire long before Tom Brady.

    How could you possibly know Ben is 40 lbs overweight…. oh wait you are just saying something dumb because you can. Thanks Captain obvious for saying he holds the ball too long…..I wouldn’t have known.

    Ben is not a speed demon, but I wouldn’t confuse Tammy Brady with a gazelle either.

  35. nyneal says: Apr 7, 2017 5:07 PM

    I don’t know why people slam Big Ben so much. I understand his off the field behavior has been questionable at times, but as far as his play at QB, the guy has been a great QB. He gives the Steelers everything he has on every play.
    I’m no Steelers fan, but I think those people who slam him hate him because he beats their team so much.
    But he’s a first ballot Hall Of Fame QB, and there isn’t a shadow of doubt about that.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2017 5:09 PM

    No way, he is really going to comeback to play another season? And here I thought the Pope didn’t wear a funny hat.
    When they retire his jersey in Pittsburgh will it have lace or frills?

    No lace or frills….just two Super Bowl rings ….nibble on that troll.

  37. johnnycantread says: Apr 7, 2017 5:17 PM

    Have fun playing your “Will he? Won’t he?” retirement games.
    Just don’t push things to far-ve.

  38. psubeerman21 says: Apr 7, 2017 5:19 PM

    super

  39. bird2urmother says: Apr 7, 2017 5:24 PM

    Really? This was still a thing?

  40. inozwetrust says: Apr 7, 2017 5:31 PM

    Steelers/Ravens just wouldn’t be the same without Ben. Can’t wait.

  41. riraider says: Apr 7, 2017 5:32 PM

    Now we can all sleep tonight

  42. riraider says: Apr 7, 2017 5:33 PM

    L’il Bennie looking for attention

  43. tylawspick6 says: Apr 7, 2017 5:45 PM

    brett favre part 2

  44. bjwbrown2011 says: Apr 7, 2017 5:46 PM

    Ben better not keep doing this.

    Packers fans got sick of Frave doing that for 3 seasons in a row before his ‘retirement’.

    The peak was in 06 when there was a press conference to announce that the next day he would have a press conference to announce his decision.

  45. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 7, 2017 5:50 PM

    Why fat shame Eddie Lacy but not Big Ben? The man is at least 300 pounds. Put down the cheeseburger Ben.

  46. ak185 says: Apr 7, 2017 5:55 PM

    ^^or neither? Because we’re adults, not 12?

    Lol at the last line, Alper. had to give you props on that.

  47. trentdilfer08 says: Apr 7, 2017 6:07 PM

    Why even bring it up BEN nobody believed it or cared.

    I would expect more from a varsity Letterman!!

  48. cadreamer1969 says: Apr 7, 2017 6:36 PM

    Pete’s Tweets‏ @Peter_Mullin43
    Replying to @LanceZierlein

    If you follow PFT, then Bens team blocked anyone that followed them

    Guess Big Ben doesn’t think much of PFT.

  49. NFLexpert says: Apr 7, 2017 6:57 PM

    The world population just exhaled….

  50. ravensbob says: Apr 7, 2017 7:06 PM

    Unfortunately for rothlesburger, tomlin is coming back too

  51. 52crabcakes says: Apr 7, 2017 7:07 PM

    Drama queen.

  52. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 7, 2017 7:14 PM

    Dietrich43 says:
    Apr 7, 2017 3:42 PM

    Ben talks of retiring.
    Steelers get interested in drafting the next franchise qb.
    _________________

    If by “franchise QB, you mean the next Tommy Maddox, Kordell Stewart, Neil O’Donnell or Bubby Brister, then yeah. You guys better hope the diva plays until he’s 40.

  53. ickyfreakingwoods says: Apr 7, 2017 7:23 PM

    What? That big fat liar….

  54. blah773 says: Apr 7, 2017 7:25 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Apr 7, 2017 2:57 PM
    Come back for the next beatdown by your big brother. Probably twice next yr. Then ride off into the sunset with your tail between you’re legs.
    ———————–

    another boston patriot fan trolling a steeler headline? smh. too bad you didn’t just win a Superbowl so you could enjoy it.

    ben retiring was never an issue, he was always coming back. killler qb – unfortunately he also craves/loves attention.

  55. crotchpunch says: Apr 7, 2017 7:32 PM

    So is he saying that he wasn’t giving his absolute best before?

  56. electricboogalo says: Apr 7, 2017 7:45 PM

    The more time he spends working the safer the women are.

  57. macjacmccoy says: Apr 7, 2017 7:56 PM

    Ucguys acting like him retiring is crazy are delusional. Most franchis Qbs don’t play much past year 14-15. For some reason this site acts like he’s gonna play for 5 more years. It’s not gonna happen. A player doesn’t talk this much about retirement unless he’s close to it.

    With the way he’s talked I’m 70% sure this is his last year, and 100% he won’t be playing QB in the NFL past 2018.

  58. tedmurph says: Apr 7, 2017 7:57 PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Super Bowl win. A distant 2nd is the misery of blowhard steeler fans that worship this degenerate. And the fact that both the players and the fans know they can’t beat the Patriots. It’s not a steeler website, it’s called PFT. BB craves attention, but he’d probably like a little help from the D. But will the steelers make a bold move and go get Butler or Sherman to make themselves real contenders? No. Colbert doesn’t have the stones. He’d rather whiff on another front 7 bust in the draft, or grab another skill player that can’t stay on the field due to injury, suspension or both. What a joke. I don’t blame BB for his frustration. Maybe if they had an NFL coach that knew the difference between an X and an O. There’s still those 3 rings from 35/40 yrs ago. So you can cling to that. SMH right back at ya.

  59. peytonwantsaflag says: Apr 7, 2017 8:06 PM

    i wonder what if feels like to pigBen when he needs a drama fix? is it just a general sort of nagging feeling like when you want french fries or a full on gut cramp like when a junkie needs heroin?

  60. gomez163 says: Apr 7, 2017 8:08 PM

    Ben may be a drama queen, but he’s got two rings. How many do the Bungles and Clowns have?

  61. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2017 8:14 PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Super Bowl win. A distant 2nd is the misery of blowhard steeler fans that worship this degenerate. And the fact that both the players and the fans know they can’t beat the Patriots. It’s not a steeler website, it’s called PFT. BB craves attention, but he’d probably like a little help from the D. But will the steelers make a bold move and go get Butler or Sherman to make themselves real contenders? No. Colbert doesn’t have the stones. He’d rather whiff on another front 7 bust in the draft, or grab another skill player that can’t stay on the field due to injury, suspension or both. What a joke. I don’t blame BB for his frustration. Maybe if they had an NFL coach that knew the difference between an X and an O. There’s still those 3 rings from 35/40 yrs ago. So you can cling to that. SMH right back at ya.

    Relax Ted, I know it’s tough for a bully to be called out where you can’t physically threaten someone. Realize your thoughts are not welcomed on a Steeler thread and go back to your beer and beating your dog.

  62. thetooloftools says: Apr 7, 2017 8:16 PM

    … and give the prom queen her tiara !
    REALLY?

  63. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2017 8:22 PM

    There’s still those 3 rings from 35/40 yrs ago. So you can cling to that. SMH right back at

    Actually it’s four rings…..and no lost draft picks for cheating. Nibble on that tough guy.

  64. tedmurph says: Apr 7, 2017 8:28 PM

    Here fishy,fishy. Isn’t there a name calling site for people that know nothing about FB? And…I don’t need to be welcomed or ask permission.

  65. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Apr 7, 2017 8:32 PM

    Considering the state of all the other teams in the AFC North, barring injury, the Steelers will be the odds on favorite to win and be another threat for the SB. Obviously the big hurdle is getting past the Pats.

  66. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2017 8:45 PM

    Here fishy,fishy. Isn’t there a name calling site for people that know nothing about FB? And…I don’t need to be welcomed or ask permission.

    0 0

    Relax Ted, grab a snickers knowing you are not expected to do less than what you did on here. Your opinion of your knowledge and your many failed predictions prove you are not an expert…..just someone that likes to be tough behind a computer….lots of sites for that..
    Try Drudge Ted ….lots of your kind there.

  67. streetyson says: Apr 7, 2017 8:54 PM

    notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    Apr 7, 2017 8:32 PM
    Considering the state of all the other teams in the AFC North, barring injury, the Steelers will be the odds on favorite to win and be another threat for the SB. Obviously the big hurdle is getting past the Pats.
    —————-
    Trouble is (even IF Ben doesn’t show any further decline) the Steelers haven’t done much to close the big gap with the Pats. And if Carr stays healthy the Steelers lose to Raiders in the divisional round anyway.

  68. daddeeo says: Apr 7, 2017 9:49 PM

    Oh, gee what a shocker.

    I don’t know what has been more disconcerting this off-season: No Ben Don’t quit; No Tony don’t quit; or good luck on the used car lot Kap.

    really compelling sports news this year.

  69. senatorblutarsky says: Apr 7, 2017 10:47 PM

    Drama queen back at it.

  70. tralfaz1127 says: Apr 8, 2017 1:42 AM

    First ballot hall of famer he checks all the boxes:
    1: Multiple charges of rape….check
    2: SB rings…won by defense running game and luck check
    3: Diva:….check

    Setting back and realizing he couldn’t get away from the wife while at home to have “consensual” sex with other women was the deciding factor.
    That and TV telling him he has a face for radio and no interest in his ugly mug as an analyst sealed the deal…enter Romo

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