What does the future hold for the Ben Roethlisberger?

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On the surface, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s current situation seems clear: He has an injury that requires surgery, he gets surgery, he recovers from the surgery, he rehabs the injured area, and he comes back as good as new. Even if that happens, if the surgery is successful and if the recovery goes without complication and he checks every box in the rehab process, questions will linger about his future.

Consider this: Roethlisberger’s throwing elbow gave out on him in the second game of the regular season without any specific or apparent injury. When Chris Simms interviewed Roethlisberger during training camp — on a day when Roethlisberger hadn’t really done much at practice — he wore a giant wrap with ice on the throwing elbow. It’s possible, then, that a lifetime of normal wear and tear finally caught up to Roethlisberger’s elbow, after only 75 passes thrown in game conditions this year.

Given that he doesn’t seem to be adopting the TB12 approach to extending his career for as long as he possibly can, it’s not all that surprising. Roethlisberger told Simms that the two-time Super Bowl winner doesn’t do much throwing at all in the offseason. If that’s the case, it’s likely safe to surmise he’s also not on the kind of strict and exacting regimen that a guy like Tom Brady has employed to outpace Father Time.

It’s also likely safe to surmise that Roethlisberger may be losing his footrace with Father Time. We’ve become collectively spoiled by Brady’s ability to not miss a beat at 42; time may show that he’s not a pioneer but an outlier, and that others may not have the same ability or commitment to keep body parts from breaking down the way that they naturally and inevitably do.

Maybe the season-ending injury will make Roethlisberger determined to embrace a relentless commitment to body maintenance, repair, and recovery. It’s fair to wonder whether, if he already had undergone such an epiphany, he’d still be playing in 2019.

Regardless, he’ll be 38 in 2020, and it’s possible that either the elbow won’t be the same or something else will begin to break down. Perhaps that’s why coach Mike Tomlin said only that there’s a “strong possibility” Ben will bounce back next year.

At this point, it’s far from certain that the player whose elbow betrayed him less than six weeks into the regular season will be ready and able to endure a 16-game grind a year from now, when Father Time has had 12 more months to chase him down.

24 responses to “What does the future hold for the Ben Roethlisberger?

  1. Finally a voice of reason. All of these football players like Rivers, Brees, Rothisberger, and Rodger watch what Brady is doing and think they can do that. They dont commit to his regimen and commitment to health. Ben should probably just retire like he keeps threatening to do anyway.

  2. Look at the physical condition that Ben is in, and compare that to Brady and Brees.

    Those last two guys have been able to play at a high level longer than most because they work at staying in shape.

    Ben looks like all the other guys who physically couldn’t do it anymore in their late 30s.

  3. Tom Brady is an outlier. Zero doubt about that. And Ben doesn’t come close to putting in the work required to keep himself in top shape. The other reason for him to be concerned is the guy replacing him isn’t a run of the mill back-up. He’s a legitimate contender to be the long term replacement. If he shows any kind of ability to be QB1, the Steelers would be foolish to turn the reins back over to Ben.

    He’s been their unquestioned leader for a long time, but maybe it’s time to question it. Everyone has an expiry date.

  4. This is how TB12 will go down too: not with a bang, but a whimper.

    Time wounds all heels. Kudos to Brady on every level but the human body becomes brittle with age.

    My guess is Big Ben is finished.

  5. I certainly hope BR’s surgery is successful, and, that if he wants to continue playing, he gets the chance. At the same time, I hope Rudolph plays so well that he becomes the fulltime starter. It’s kind if a two edged sword. I would hate to see BR’s career end because of an injury but, unfortunately, it happens.

  6. It’s becoming more apparent that Bradys longevity is being aided by more than clean living…..with the help of chemicals that are currently untraceable. Ben is not faintly interested in training like Brady so him turning over a new leaf at 38 is really a long reach for the hot sauce.

  7. Why so much credit to the TB12 method? Perhaps its because he rarely gets hit and that shorter passes make up a higher percentage of his throws. As for Ben, Rudolph’s play will determine whether or not he returns as the Steelers starter not just the rehab.

  8. Little Ben is too selfish to simply retire at this point. He wants to milk the Steelers for every $ they are worth, continue to keep them in salary cap hell, and then when his arm is healed try to go in an save the day. He knows he can always claim the injury was reactivated or that some other injury occurred when it’s clear he’s going to blow it. In many ways, it’s ironic that he puts the fans through such torture since, based on their obnoxious and unruly behavior throughout the years, they deserve it.

  9. While I agree Brady is in a league of his own when it comes to preserving his body, it’s not exactly fair to throw blame at Ben.

    He needs Tommy John surgery, just like dozens of fit baseball players every year. As a gunslinger who threw for the most yards last year, maybe this was completely unavoidable.

  10. Pittsburgh will see what they have in Rudolph, so if he plays well then their season won’t be a disaster and they will have their QB of the future.

    If he doesn’t then their 1st round pick will be a high one and they will be able to select their QB of the future . . . oh wait, that is Miami will be able to select their QB of the future.

    Boy trading for a Defensive Back with a 1st rounder when you starting QB for the past decade goes down doesn’t look like it makes much sense . . . or is it that the GM and coach are on hot seats and are desperately reaching for anything that might help salvage the season and save their jobs?

  11. Breaking News. The TB12 system prevents elbow injuries.
    Had Ben eaten more avocados mixed with bat guano in a shake form,
    he’d still be playing. He is ignoring the evidence. How dare he rest his body
    and not thrown more in the off season, when he knows Brady would never
    do that. His elbow would be just fine.

    Silly Ben. He needs a strict and exacting regimen like Tom Terrific has.
    He also should listen to online warriors who know better about maintaining
    a beaten-up body, and the physical fitness of a professional QB, than a
    15-yr vet does about his own body needs. Sure, that makes a lot of sense.

  12. Lol at all the delusional steelers fans mad at brady and the pats. The steelers never had a shot to win the SB WITH Ben as much as they have tried to convince themselves their team did.

    Prior to a 6 year run in the 70’s the steelers were very arguably the worst professional sports franchise in history and, while they were maybe the best football team in history during those 6 years their record after the late 70’s have been pretty spotty since.

    The pats have a winning record against the steelers during their time in the league.

    The steelers and the pats have met 4 times in the playoffs and 3 of those times have been blow out steelers loses with the one lone win 7-6 being eked out in 1997.

    Even the success they had in the mid 2000’s has a footnote that 3 times they made the SB they never had misfortune to have to play the pats.

    Ben has been a very good QB over his career but he has never been good enough to get the steelers past the pats. That never was going to happen in the past and its never going to happen in the future. Maybe when both Ben and Brady are gone things will be different but a long history tells another story

  13. littleseizures says:
    September 18, 2019 at 8:45 am
    Why so much credit to the TB12 method? Perhaps its because he rarely gets hit and that shorter passes make up a higher percentage of his throws. As for Ben…
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    According to PFF Ben Roethisberger leads the NFL in passes at or behind the line of scrimmage.

  14. Ben has been hit way more than Brees and especially Brady. Ben deserves way more credit than he receives, haters of him as well as Steelers typical. But us who watch many games see what the NFL will miss if he retires as well as the Steeler organization. Any team who has lost a franchise QB gets all this.

  15. Cleon Ross says:
    September 18, 2019 at 7:12 am
    Finally a voice of reason. All of these football players like Rivers, Brees, Rothisberger, and Rodger watch what Brady is doing and think they can do that.

    *******************************************************************************

    Not sure Roethlisberger ever honestly thought he could or would do what Brady is doing. He already floated the idea of retirement a few years ago and he fully acknowledges all of the work Brady puts in (while acknowledging that he himself doesn’t put in that kind of work). Not sure why you think you have any insight into what Rivers, Brees, Big Ben, etc. really think.

  16. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 18, 2019 at 7:50 am

    It’s becoming more apparent that Bradys longevity is being aided by more than clean living…..with the help of chemicals that are currently untraceable.
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    Once again you argue he’s “two yard Tom” and can only throw short passes, then claim his amazing physical prowess can only be explained by PEDs. SMH.

  17. I think Terry Bradshaw would be the first TB12 that comes to mind in a Steelers story. Especially when career threatening elbow injuries are involved.

  18. Maybe the season-ending injury will make Roethlisberger determined to embrace a relentless commitment to body maintenance, repair, and recovery. It’s fair to wonder whether, if he already had undergone such an epiphany, he’d still be playing in 2019.

    Something tells me he won’t.

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