Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t think this will be his final game at Heinz Field

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger mused about retiring after the end of the 2016 season before ultimately deciding to continue his career.

The Steelers aren’t done with this season yet, but Roethlisberger is already facing questions about whether he’ll make the same decision next year. Roethlisberger was asked if he thinks that Sunday’s game against the Jaguars will be his final one at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger said he isn’t viewing the game that way, but did say that he’s approaching every game as if it could be his final time on the field.

“I am not thinking about that right now,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t think it is my last. I am not thinking about that. I am going out to play this one and give it everything I have. … You have to treat every game like it could be your last, because you never know when it is. We saw an example of that earlier in the season with Ryan [Shazier]. You never know when it could be your last. Hoping it’s not his last. You have to go out and play every play, and enjoy every play and game, like it’s your last.”

The Steelers could have another home game next week if they win and the Patriots lose to the Titans. Barring that turn of events, it will be a while before we know for sure if Roethlisberger will be back on the field in Pittsburgh.

33 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t think this will be his final game at Heinz Field

  1. He could be thinking that he will beat the Jags and the Titans will beat the Pats but we know that’s not happening.

  2. He has $50M reasons to come back for the last two years of his contract. $20M each of two seasons and the amortized remain of his signing bonus he’d have to give back if he walked away.

    Bell, Bryant are back at least next year and JuJu and the O line are tied up for several years.

    Where he make that kind of money? Oh, he could be Commissioner.

  3. He could just come out and say he is gonna stay since EVERYONE else knows it, but nah, lets keep being dramatic about it, its the only thing he knows.

  4. Why would Big Ben be thinking about that. He’s got a football game to prepare for. We have heard this question from the media multiple times. I am sure he’s getting sick of hearing it. Just win Steelers!

  5. It’s clear that Ben is saving his highest moment for the last game of his career, so when we see him get carted onto the field to start a game, we’ll know right then that will be his last.

  6. The way I read his contract is:

    He is signed for 2018 and 2019.

    For any year when he retires he needs to pay back $6.2 million. For example if he retires at the end of this season he has to repay $12.4 million. If he retires after next year he has to repay $6.2 million.

    He will earn an additional $17 million each year.

    So if he retires after this season he will lose $36.4 million.
    If he retires after next season he will lose $23.3 million.

    Small Ben in Big Games isn’t going anywhere …. including the Super Bowl … sigh.

  7. artvan15 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 12:32 pm
    Big Ben playing till he’s 50!!! Must be on the Brady diet bandwagon.

    Yes, he looks like he may have eaten an entire Brady.

  8. Patriot fans are already looking past the Titans. Seems to have been a lot of “noise” coming out of Foxborough recently – the Steelers may play the Titans in the AFCCG. Maybe this will be Ben’s last game at Heinz as he retires with another ring.

  9. Ben’s gonna enjoy every play the same way he enjoys the 3 french fry sandwiches he eats every day.

  10. vikings1234 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    Patriot fans are already looking past the Titans. Seems to have been a lot of “noise” coming out of Foxborough recently – the Steelers may play the Titans in the AFCCG. Maybe this will be Ben’s last game at Heinz as he retires with another ring.

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    Good thing “Patriot fans” don’t coach the team. And that “noise” coming out of Foxborough lately has been the raising of 5 championship banners….something Vikings’ fans have never heard

  11. hitwjk says:
    January 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    He could just come out and say he is gonna stay since EVERYONE else knows it, but nah, lets keep being dramatic about it, its the only thing he knows.

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    Being dramatic about it? His response basically suggests that he plans to be back. The guy could literally say, “Yes, barring a career-ending injury, I intend to play next year” and people will still look into it and whine that he’s being dramatic.

  12. Are we going to have to listen to his Brett Favre routine every year until he finally leaves? ” We’re all on the edge of our seats waiting to see if the drama queen retires”…said no one in New England.

  13. Dante Fowler might give Ben the Tyrod treatment. That would be a fitting sendoff from Heinz Field!

  14. Being dramatic about it? His response basically suggests that he plans to be back. The guy could literally say, “Yes, barring a career-ending injury, I intend to play next year” and people will still look into it and whine that he’s being dramatic.

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    Then why doesn’t he just say that? So he can be dramatic about it, that’s why.

  15. Patriot fans are already looking past the Titans. Seems to have been a lot of “noise” coming out of Foxborough recently – the Steelers may play the Titans in the AFCCG. Maybe this will be Ben’s last game at Heinz as he retires with another ring.
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    How ironic – guy says Pats fans are looking past Titans as he states that Pitt, who happened to get smoked by the team that they have to play this weekend, will be playing in the AFCCG game against Titans.

    Probably makes perfect sense to the delusional.

  16. BR will probably play out the last 2 yrs of his contract. And he only has to pay back any signing bonus money if the Steelers hold him to it.

  17. jags D retired Jim Kelly then Dan Marino a year later in the playoffs. this defense is even nastier… good luck Ben put your running shoes on.

  18. jags D retired Jim Kelly then Dan Marino a year later in the playoffs. this defense is even nastier… good luck Ben put your running shoes on.

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    Weren’t playoff games but also Tryo AIkmen and Steve Young, I don’t care if he throw 5 picks again, but hope he throws a couple, but more or less we get to him 5+ sacks I think changes the dynamics of the game hopefully.

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