Ben Roethlisberger: I have never looked toward the future

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Ben Roethlisberger said the $5 million pay cut he took was his idea. The new contract, which reduced his $41.25 million cap hit, voids after the 2021 season.

Thus, all signs point to this being the 39-year-old Roethlisberger’s final season as the Steelers’ quarterback.

Roethlisberger, though, isn’t ready to speculate on what might happen after this season. Instead, he is taking the same approach he always has.

“I’m going to approach this like I do every season — like it’s my last,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I think that’s the approach you have to take. And you don’t approach it that way because it could be your last, but you approach it because every single play in the game of football could be your last. Every game could be your last game. That just means I’m going out to give it everything I have.

“I have never looked toward the future. I’ve always looked at the right here and now, and that’s what’s important for me for this season is giving it everything I have right here and right now for this group of guys.”

Roethlisberger completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,800 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in the Steelers’ 11-0 start. But he went 1-4 in his final five starts of the season, including a wild-card playoff loss to the Browns. (Roethlisberger sat out a Week 17 game against the Browns.)

In his final five starts of 2020, Roethlisberger completed only 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,504 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

“I didn’t play well enough at the end of the season,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s not a secret, and I’ll be the first to point the thumb at myself. When the ball is in your hand every play, you have to make plays and play better football. If the quarterback, myself, isn’t playing good football, that — especially late in the season — is related to winning and losing.

“I will take that playoff and those games on me. Just feeling worn down and not playing good enough football at the end of the season.”

Whether this is Roethlisberger’s final season or not, he hopes to play better for the full 2021 season than he did for the full 2020 season.

18 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: I have never looked toward the future

  1. Just asking, why would all signs point to his last season? I would bet he’s coming back regardless of the outcome.

  2. Ben knows that he’s finished. He wants one more year and then he will hang it up. He has more money than he needs and he’s taken a beating over the years.

    After the way that he played last year, I’m surprised that he’s going to play this year.

  3. If he plays well again he will be back. If he doesn’t he will retire.

  4. Big Ben had a hell of a season at 39 coming off major elbow surgery with not much of a run game to work with. With that being said im sure there are multiple teams that will offer this future HOF a contract if he chooses to continue his career in 2022, in my opinion.

  5. Ben we’ve watched how you have(or havent) taken care of your body of the last 20 years. No need to state the obvious that you aren’t thinking about tomorrow today

  6. He’s a year older, What’s to stop him from running out of gas again this year?

  7. Steeler’s haven’t had a good offensive coordinator since Ron Erhardt

  8. i will fill in for him. im 21 years older, but can yell out signals REALLY LOUD.

  9. Keep counting them Steeler’s and Ben out, I never do. The Steeler’s should have been after free agent O lineman like KC did this past season.

  10. If he still has it He stays. If he goes out on top he could decide to leave. I wouldn’t bet against Ben.

  11. All the Steeler haters count them out every year. They haven’t had a losing season in forever and now they will have a decent running game to add to their offense so count on the Steelers being in the middle of the playoff hunt as usual.

  12. Last year they ran out to 11-0 against the ash & trash of the NFL. As soon as they hit the meat of their schedule the real Steelers showed up. No pillow-soft schedule this year. I will be surprised if Ben makes it the whole season. Look for him to retire when he realizes they won’t make the playoffs.

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