Ben Roethlisberger: Maurkice Pouncey retiring “hard for me”

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s name made an unexpected appearance during Friday’s impeachment proceedings in Washington, but Roethlisberger’s attention was on something else on Friday.

Roethlisberger’s longtime teammate Maurkice Pouncey announced his retirement and Roethlisberger told Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he’s still coming to terms with the news that his center won’t be there.

“I’m still processing him retiring,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s hard for me. . . . I hate to say he’s the greatest teammate and competitor I’ve ever been around, but at the end of the day that’s what it is — he’s the greatest teammate and competitor I’ve been around. And that’s no slight to anybody else.”

Roethlisberger and Pouncey both looked emotional as they sat together on the bench as time ran out on their playoff loss to the Browns. That will go down as their final game together and Roethlisberger still has to have a conversation with the Steelers about his own return for the 2021 season.

13 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Maurkice Pouncey retiring “hard for me”

  1. It’s hard for Roethlisberger because he knows he’s going to be landing “hard” on his back without pass protection. Ben should have retired a few years ago.

  2. Pouncy was a great player that got hurt alot. If he doesn’t get injured in the afc championship the steelers may have beat the packers.

    He will be missed but football has been rough on him. Enjoy the retirement.

  3. First women accuse you of sexually assaulting them. Then Stormy Daniels described her terrifying experience with you. Then Trump lost the election. Now Aaron Hernandez’s best buddy is retiring. You should too, so the NFL can get rid of the stink that follows you wherever you go

  4. Burrow_To_Boyd says:
    February 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm
    You should have posted the photo of Ben crying. That’s my favorite.

    No the best was the crying pics from the playoff game after Burfict and Jones allowed the Steelers to kick the winning FG. Boohoo

  5. enoughofthatalready says:
    February 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    No the best was the crying pics from the playoff game after Burfict and Jones allowed the Steelers to kick the winning FG. Boohoo
    Yes, that was quite an achievement winning a Wild Card game and then getting bounced the very next week. Woohoo!

  6. I think it’s time for Ben to call it. With so many QB’s oddly available that could, potentially, be the Steelers starter long-term; Ben is almost cutting the Steelers off at the knees by saying he wants to come back. They can’t pursue anyone (cap problems being what they are). It’s not ver likely they’re going to picking 1 or 2 after next season so the question becomes more and more glaring…who’s next?

  7. Watching Ben in that game reminded me of Marino’s last year. That dad bod just couldn’t keep up with the game. Now he’s got to break in a new LT?

  8. Lol at Bengals fans talking about Steelers losing in the playoffs. Not like it has been almost 30 years without a playoff win. Who Dey.

  9. The bengals havent won a playoff game since 1991. The browns just won their first playoff game since 1994, and just won their THIRD game against Roethlisberger in nearly 20 years. They are 3-23-1 against Roethlisberger in that timespan. Both of these team’s fans still manage to trash talk the steelers right now, and its utterly pathetic.

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