Ben Roethlisberger approaching Sunday’s playoff game as if it could be his last

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Ben Roethlisberger missed all but two games last season with an elbow injury. The 38-year-old quarterback has played 21 postseason games, compiling a 13-8 record in his 17-year career.

But at his age, Roethlisberger knows the end could be near.

At least that’s how he sounded in his Wednesday press conference.

“I think every player should approach this game like it could be their last playoff ever,” Roethlisberger said, via Ed Bouchette of TheAthletic.com. “I know I am.”

Roethlisberger is one of several quarterbacks likely nearing the end of their career in the 2020 postseason. This weekend, Tom Brady (43), Drew Brees (41), and Philip Rivers (39) are all set to be behind center for the Buccaneers, Saints, and Colts, respectively.

“All the old guys. It’s cool. It’s fun to be a part of it with them. To a part of it with them, it’s an honor,” Roethilsberger said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I’m hoping we’re not one and done so I can be the last one standing.”

Roethlisberger seems to have a good chance to at least advance past this weekend, as the Browns are struggling with several positive COVID-19 tests — including one from their head coach. It will be Roethlisberger’s first playoff start since 2017, when the Steelers lost to the Jaguars.

8 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger approaching Sunday’s playoff game as if it could be his last

  1. The guy has won 2 Superbowls and been to a 3rd. He has never had a losing season. I do truly believe he’s mostly playing for the young guys. If that’s what motivates him that’s great.

  2. The Steelers will roll. The Browns are not like the Denver Broncos with Tim Tebow when they upset the Steelers in the playoffs.

  3. Rudolph’s deep ball looked better than his has this season. He’ll have a chance to show if he can still sling it against that same defense with better supporting personnel. He’s obviously nearing the end of the road but can still do some things really well.

  4. They almost beat the Browns without him……..If he loses this game, he should just go away.

  5. Ben’s deep ball was spot on in the 2nd half of the Colts game. Don’t underestimate him, he runs the best 2 minute offense in the league; he is better when he calls his own plays or changes the play at the line of scrimmage; and he is better when he is working to extend a play.

  6. Just remember, Dan Marino only went to 1 Super Bowl in 17 years. No matter how great a player might be, they don’t play alone.

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