Every year is a potential farewell tour for Ben Roethlisberger

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Some (i.e., me) think that Tom Brady continues to suggest he’ll be playing for years into the future so that he’ll never have a farewell tour. For Ben Roethlisberger, every year officially will now be a potential farewell tour.

In an interview with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger made it clear that he’s now on a year-to-year arrangement.

“It’s just, it’s 14 years; that’s a long time,” Roethlisberger said. “I think the average life expectancy in the NFL is three years, maybe three-and-a-half now. . . . I’ve been blessed to do this a long time. I think it’s just seeing my kids growing up, and in the offseason I love getting to spend time with them, and then I come here and football season just has to take up so much of your time. Even when you get home, I try my best to turn it off when I walk in the front door. I think I do a pretty good job of that, but it still consumes you in a way.”

Roethlisberger also mentioned concerns about head injuries, adding that his wife “would be OK if I hung it up, too.” But he said he still loves his teammates, making it right for him to return for another year.

He won’t commit beyond this year. And there’s a chance, in theory, that he’ll decide at some point during the coming season that he doesn’t want to play another one. At that point, the farewell tour officially would begin.

Followed by the retirement. Followed by, possibly, the First Annual Unretirement.

22 responses to “Every year is a potential farewell tour for Ben Roethlisberger

  1. He plays a different type of game than Brady and his 14 years wears harder than Brady’s 17. I take Brady at face value and don’t understand why he would want to retire or even think about it under his circumstances and level of play. I also believe that Roethlisberger will go at least two more.

  2. He’s been accused of being a drama queen in the past, but I do believe that he is being sincere when he talks about retiring, being on a year-to-year deal, etc. I don’t think he’s looking for attention here – he just knows the end is near without knowing exactly where it is.

  3. Perfect example of what separates Brady from all other QBs (besides outperforming everyone in history on the field). Total commitment, mental and physical toughness, and just love of the game for as long as it can possibly last. When it’s over it’s over, but no kvetching like Farve, Manning, Montana, Rothlisberger, etc.

  4. He is a changed man since he started reading scripture. Before that he was involved with at least two instances of challenges to his ability to resist temptation and sin. When he started reading Leviticus though…

    The Lord will tell him when it’s time to call it quits.

  5. Big Ben can’t read defenses so he has to rely on his physical skills which expose him to a lot of punishment. Add to that the fact that he has a diet of a lumberjack, you can see why he is talking retirement.

  6. Perfect example of what separates Brady from all other QBs (besides outperforming everyone in history on the field). Total commitment, mental and physical toughness, and just love of the game for as long as it can possibly last. When it’s over it’s over, but no kvetching like Farve, Manning, Montana, Rothlisberger, etc.

    Hey snowflake you do know we are talking about Ben not Brady. I know it’s tough not ALWAYS being the subject of every PFT thread, but give it a rest….Steeler fans are not interest in your worship of a Cheater.

  7. If your a Steelers fan you want him to play as long as possible. If your an NFL fan you see him as a drama king who loves the attention and back-patting.

    Im an NFL fan…

  8. Hard to believe he will soon be riding that medical cart off into the sunset.

    Hard to believe these pitiful troll’s will find a worthwhile endeavor when they don’t have Ben to be jealous of anymore…..losers.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jul 28, 2017 3:55 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 28, 2017 3:33 PM
    Big Ben can’t read defenses so he has to rely on his physical skills which expose him to a lot of punishment. Add to that the fact that he has a diet of a lumberjack, you can see why he is talking retirement.

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    Do you even read your comments before hitting submit? If you are trying to be funny……..don’t try again. Be willing to bet can toss the ball 30 yards farther than your couch potato butt can. Stop embarrassing yourself and the Pat’s.

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  10. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jul 28, 2017 3:37 PM
    Perfect example of what separates Brady from all other QBs (besides outperforming everyone in history on the field). Total commitment, mental and physical toughness, and just love of the game for as long as it can possibly last. When it’s over it’s over, but no kvetching like Farve, Manning, Montana, Rothlisberger, etc.

    Hey snowflake you do know we are talking about Ben not Brady. I know it’s tough not ALWAYS being the subject of every PFT thread, but give it a rest….Steeler fans are not interest in your worship of a Cheater.
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    This is a funny complaint by you because you visit virtually EVERY Patriots thread to whine. I bet you post more on Pats threads than on your own team’s threads.

  11. Thanks for the info Brett….I mean Ben. Play for as long as you want, just don’t leave your team hanging.

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