Kevin Colbert: Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have an expiration date

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Ben Roethlisberger has come a long way from talking about retiring.

Two years after he mused about adopting a year-to-year approach, Roethlisberger has a three-year commitment. And when that three-year commitment ends, Roethlisberger still may keep playing.

“I know he doesn’t have an expiration date,” Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert recently told the #PFTPM podcast. “We just felt that that was a foreseeable future that we were able to do, and he was agreeable to. But I’m sure that he doesn’t have an expiration date. I know that he’s still very competitive. He still wants to do this at a high level. . . . He doesn’t need money, he doesn’t need Hall of Fame credentials in my opinion. He’s already achieved both of those. What he wants is more Super Bowls. And he wants to continue to try to win, and we’re gonna support that. And that was a big part of why we were willing to do what we did, and now it’s our job to help him help us get there.”

Roethlisberger turned 37 two months ago. He’ll 39 in the final year of his current deal. With a pair of quarterbacks from his generation already playing beyond 40, maybe Roethlisberger will keep going, through 2021 and beyond.

11 responses to “Kevin Colbert: Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have an expiration date

  1. What a DRAMA QUEEN. 2 years ago he was gonna retire, and take his ball and go home. The way he limps around and whines, the odds are he will miss a half a season. Have a feeling he’s gonna drag it out worse than Favre did.

  2. Few QBs have “expiration” dates (Theismann is an example). Most have a “best before” one. Not many older ones “cliff” either. Look at Montana, Manning etc. They usually fade a tad, have slower recovery, struggle more to overcome injuries. All of which leads to increasingly fluctuating performances, then retire – before or after losing the starters’ role. So it’s more usually a classic case of “the spirit is willing but the body is weak”. Ben’s spirit has already flagged. He may get a 2nd wind but his banged-up body is older than his age – 39 will be it.

  3. Maybe he doesn’t have an expiration date but his coach should have one. I don’t know how longer they can watch him underachieve with a team loaded with good players. Missing the playoffs last year was a travesty and there’s one person to blame for that–Tomlin. He let AB run wild last year but even worse was losing to Oakland and Denver. Playoff teams don’t throw away games against terrible teams. But, that’s life with Tomlin. If they have any hopes of going anywhere they need to find a new coach. If not he’ll just stay there and squander away all that talent and miss the playoffs every year because for whatever reason he seems incapable of getting the team under control.

  4. *Yawn* I thought we’d been over this before several times by now.

    Ben considered retiring a couple years ago, right up until former offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s contract wasn’t renewed. After that he suddenly found a new passion for playing football again. Almost the same thing happened last year for the Cleveland Browns. As soon as they got rid of Haley they suddenly became a good offense and they sure aren’t looking back.

    Go Steelers!

  5. The window SLAMMED shut on Big Ben when he threw the PICK-6 in the Super Bowl against the Packers and then seconds later threw ANOTHER PICK to give the Packers a short field and another easy touchdown. Game, set, match, window shut.

    Lest we forget that to even get to that Super Bowl the Steelers needed a fumble recovery touchdown in a HOME AFCCG to beat the Jets 24-19. Without that, the Steelers would have lost 17-19 just like they would have lost the Super Bowl to the Cardinals without James Harrison’s amazing 100-yard interception return touchdown and don’t even get me started on his performance in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks. No #1 in the entire NFL Steeler defense to carry Big Ben on its back and you get 3 playoff wins in 7 years two of those WINS in which Big Ben could not even hang 20 points …. and losses to the likes of Tim Tebow and Blaine Gabbert.

    FUN FACTS: Let’s compare the stats for Mark Sanchez and Big Ben in that AFCCG that sent the Steelers to the Super Bowl against the Packers.

    Mark Sanchez: 20 of 33 for 233 yards – TWO TDs ZERO picks – RTG 102.2
    Big Ben: 10 of 19 for 133 yards – ZERO TDs TWO picks – RTG 35.5

    That’s just how good Big Ben is.

  6. When you have a guy this good. You continue to let him play as long as he can. He gives you the best chance at winning super bowls. Too many teams in the afc can’t say that.

  7. Keeping Little Ben has been the secret ingredient to the Steelers’ downward spiral. They’ve gone from losing Superbowls, to a one-and-done playoff team, and now to a no-playoff team. Still love watching the video of the players standing around on the field praying that the Browns would beat the Ravens. So sweet when they didn’t.

  8. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    May 3, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Keeping Little Ben has been the secret ingredient to the Steelers’ downward spiral. They’ve gone from losing Superbowls, to a one-and-done playoff team, and now to a no-playoff team. Still love watching the video of the players standing around on the field praying that the Browns would beat the Ravens. So sweet when they didn’t.

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    What team do you root for that the Steelers destroy on a regular basis? Do you obsess much?

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