Ben Roethlisberger says it’s a fine line to walk preparing his body for 15th season with Steelers

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 36 years and is getting set to begin his 15th season in Pittsburgh.

Despite prior flirtations with retirement, Roethlisberger appears committed to play at least three more years. In order to do so, Roethlisberger will need to manage his health while still producing to fend off a possible future challenge from rookie Mason Rudolph.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Roethlisberger is having to carefully manage his workload as he prepares for the upcoming season with the Steelers.

It’s a fine line I walk at this age, of resting and getting my body enough rest for the season and working out to prepare,” Roethlisberger said. “My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be. But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age.”

Roethlisberger has appeared in 200 career regular season games for Pittsburgh and thrown nearly 6,500 passes for over 51,000 yards in his 15-year career. He’s never missed than four games in any season he’s played and has managed to produce fantastic statistical seasons for the majority of his career.

Finding ways to maintain that level of production at this stage in his career is an ever-increasing challenge.

“You’ve got to listen to your body,” Roethlisberger said, “any aches and pains you might have, your arm being sore if you’re throwing too much, just things like that.”

14 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger says it’s a fine line to walk preparing his body for 15th season with Steelers

  1. Lets take in consideration that what Big Ben is saying is reality. As an athlete ages the mind may be willing but the body just isn’t made to take this type of punishment. That’s true for athletes and the average person. If this comment was made by Tom Brady instead of the NFL’s drama queen there would be lots of haters comments already posted here.

  2. He talks like he’s 76,not 36. He also forgot to mention that you have to listen to your body when it’s carrying too much weight. He’s such a drama queen. He’s got Mason Rudolph nipping at his heels,so now he’s worried about being in shape?

  3. Ageing QB skips OTA, works with own trainer, properly seen as expected & fine – unless it’s Brady wherein the undeniable-proof-of-imploding & total-fallout-with-HC narratives kick in.

  4. Ben says he will retire soon.
    Then when the team drafts a replacement he gets mad and says he’ll play for years.
    Now he’s talking like he’s an old man again and the end is near.

    Spare me the drama and play hard.
    decide for yourself when its time to retire and announce it then.

  5. GUILTY ex-steelers team doctor richard rydze
    walked that “fine line” for the pittsburgh steelers.

    Now… rydze is serving 10 years for “walking that fine line”
    by illegally distributing human growth hormone and anabolic steroids.

  6. Brady, Brees, Rivers, Eli never feel the need to comment about walking a fine line. I wonder why…

  7. Its a fine line when you eat a lot of cheeseburgers and pound beers down all the time. Get your weight where it should be and you won’t have anywhere near the issues you do now.

  8. When the season starts Big Ben will do what he usually does, throw tds and put up huge passing yards on his way to the playoffs and another eventual sb win as long as his defense gives him a chance unlike last year vs the jags.

  9. For years big Ben would just let defenders hit him, he was playing the tough guy. Now all those hits have taken their toll. Sooner or layer those hits will take him down and out. Perhaps if the steelers get a real head coach he might get one more taste of the super bowl.

  10. Its a fine line when you eat a lot of cheeseburgers and pound beers down all the time. Get your weight where it should be and you won’t have anywhere near the issues you do now.

    So now Patriot trolls are fitness experts in addition to all knowing football gurus…..who would have thought that…..priceless.

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