Yes, it’s Ben Roethlisberger’s last season in Pittsburgh

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This week’s Sunday Splash! cycle started a little early, with a flat, predictable Saturday stone that may skip right over to the other side of Lake Obvious.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger “privately has told former teammates and some within the organization that he expects this to be his final season” with the team.

Few if any expected otherwise at this point. Roethlisberger, who turns 40 in March, has looked sluggish and ineffective this season. He wisely pivoted following an early three-game losing streak from trying to extend plays with his feet, because he just can’t do it like he once did.

Overall, he’s been better in recent weeks. He missed a game due to COVID after self-reporting symptoms, and he has been dealing with various injuries, injuries that are harder to recover from based on the wear and tear he has taken over the years and the fact that he’s definitely not a TB12 devotee.

One unnamed source told Schefter that it’s “highly unlikely” that Roethlisberger would play for another team in 2022. That’s not a surprise, either. He’ll be another year older, another year more likely to not be able to make it through the year. Another year closer to permanently losing the race with Father Time. It’s hard to imagine any team handing him the reins next year.

I was surprised he came back for 2021. The Steelers, as the rumors rattling around the NFL go, were surprised, too. They offered him a $4 million reduction in pay with no way to make it back in incentives. That number, as the thinking goes, was selected to be low enough to get him to pass on it but not so low as to be an insult. They were, as the same thinking goes, surprised that he accepted.

When the two sides decided to give it one more go, with the not-so-subtle goal of winning a Bettis-style walk-off Super Bowl, that seemed more delusional than usual, even as blind optimism in the NFL goes. I thought both sides would regret making one last ride together by November. As the first Sunday in December arrives, chances are that team and player would say, if attached to a lie detector test, that they probably should have gone their separate ways.

After the current season, they apparently will. They should. It’s been a Hall of Fame career for Roethlisberger. But it’s time for the Steelers to turn the page. And they need to hope that they can find their next franchise quarterback sooner than they got their last one, because it was 20 long years between Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger.

99 responses to “Yes, it’s Ben Roethlisberger’s last season in Pittsburgh

  1. I’ve always like Ben Roethlisberger despite some off field shenanigans. He’s a winner, of that there is no doubt. And a HOF’er.

  2. The guy had a great run in the league. Some imperfect moments too…just like the rest of us. Which always made him a guy to be easily liked.

  3. Rumor floating around this fall is Pittsburgh is where Aaron Rodgers would like to play if he and the Packers decide to part ways.

  4. I’m a Patriots fan and there’s no question in my mind that Big Ben should be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer. Yeah, he might have stayed on one season too long, but so what? How do you really know unless you try it?

  5. Rothlisberger came back because Drew Brees retired and he didn’t know if he’d get in the HOF on the first ballot. That’s guys always been all EGO.

  6. First Ballot HOF’er. Is that some kind of joke? This dude isn’t even on my Top 50 QB’s of all-time.

  7. Hugely talented QB who’s career has been marred by a lack of discipline in his private life. The guy is a terrible example of living off God given talent and taking it for granted. Roethlisberger has never made any effort to maximise his abilities by working harder – physically overweight and a lack of extra work on breaking down film.
    Who knows when Pittsburgh might find their next good one.
    To his credit, he’s largely responsible for making Trip Tomlin look like a good coach over the last decade.

  8. Well, he doesn’t have to worry about PR anymore. He can resume his off the field “activities” now.

    Hide your kids, hide your wife.

  9. Somebody twice credibly accused of rape will never be a first ballot hall of famer.

    The only reason he avoided jail with the one was his goon squad (off duty cops from PA) deleting security footage at the bar. Then everyone tried to claim the girl was trying to get famous – despite her never publicly outing herself as the victim.

    All you guys seem to forget these things occurred.

  10. Let’s be honest, the guy should have retired after the Jaguars knocked them off back in the 2017 season. He hasn’t been able to throw the ball deep accurately for many years now.

  11. dangerruss1919 says:
    December 4, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    I’ve always like Ben Roethlisberger despite some off field shenanigans. He’s a winner, of that there is no doubt. And a HOF’er.
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    Perhaps someone can provide the same “shenanigans” to someone in your family.

  12. Started off on a bad path personally then turned it around…respect. Can hang his head high after the career he had. Good luck to him.

  13. Nobody hates this more than Tomlin. Big Ben saved Tomlin’s job for years. Now without Big Ben they’ll be lucky to stay out of the basement in the AFC North every year.

  14. If you think Eli is a HOF then Big is also. 1st Ballot probably not. Also the headline should say last season in NFL. Anyone really want Big Ben with more decline than he has currently?

  15. Hall of Fame caliber QB from 2004 until 2018 then after that he fell to age. Not bad of a run though two rings and multiple pro bowls, as well as team records. Hope he at least beats the Ravens tomorrow.

  16. What a great career. It’s just like the Steelers organization to have these pieces that are there for a long time, and are successful. Coaches and players.

  17. Watched him play a league championship game in college. In a driving blizzard. In Ohio. He had a cannon arm in that game. It was amazing! The wind was no match. He was very accurate. I saw in that Miami of Ohio game same thing Bill Cower and the Steelers saw. Congrats to a long, successful career, if he does retire. Kudos from Cincy.

  18. Besides stating the obvious. The era is over. Good/Bad memories from Big Ben. But I’ll never forget the play you made running backwards to make the shoe string tackle on Nick Harper on the Bettis fumble. That will always stay with me. Looking forward to the future, yea I’m an optimist haha

  19. honkeyt says:
    December 4, 2021 at 5:34 pm
    2 Rings.
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    Seriously now, I’m not kidding. . . Is that meant to be impressive?

    –jaded Pats’ fan.

  20. Im sitting here watching Geogia/Alabama and Cincy/Houston. Im seeing four really good QB’s Steelers!

  21. He has owned the Browns almost his whole career. He did it and at a high level for many years. HOF next.

  22. This is a prime example of when players stay too long. Not that his legacy is tarnished with his on field play…but everyone will remember how bad he looked these past couple of seasons…

  23. Once Ben was married and turned his life to the Lord, he has been a model citizen.
    Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

  24. Other than Brady and Peyton, Big Ben has been as good as any QB to play in the last 15 years.

  25. His play reminds me of the last few years with Marino in Miami. Still able to throw but with lower body injuries adding up, just unable to do simple things like coming out from under center and PA.

    It took a JAX team to put up 60 on Miami in the PO for Marino to get the hint.

    As bad as it was, it didn’t take away from his career and greatness. Nor will it matter when Big Ben gets his HOF nod, on a 1st ballot.

  26. Hall of Fame? A guy who had two credible rape cases against him, who played on a team that was busted having huge quantities of PED’s shipped to their team Dr from Balco Labs. He’s neither a Hall of Famer. It anyone we should be singing the praises of.

  27. Don’t know where insider Florio got the info re: Steelers “low-balling” Ben but seems kind of his pro-Ravens sentiment coming out. Ben is 6th all-time total passing yds & won 2 SBs. Also is only QB to have three 500 yd passing gms. Don’t know how that could mean he belongs in ” the Hall of Very Good”. I also can’t wait to see if the other 3 QBs in the AFCN end up with anywhere near the career Ben has.

  28. Why the hell do people keep telling Adam Schefter anything. He is the biggest gossip queen…what a punk!

  29. Ben was a serious competitor for many years. His teams were often stacked with talent too. Can you imagine how many SB wins Ben would have with BB as his coach?

  30. Consider he has fifth most wins for QBs and 2 SB wins – winning record on the road, at least 2 6 TD games….what criteria would you use to determine HOF? Just saying………….

  31. Not BuyingIt says:
    December 4, 2021 at 6:21 pm
    His play reminds me of the last few years with Marino in Miami. Still able to throw but with lower body injuries adding up, just unable to do simple things like coming out from under center and PA.

    It took a JAX team to put up 60 on Miami in the PO for Marino to get the hint.

    As bad as it was, it didn’t take away from his career and greatness. Nor will it matter when Big Ben gets his HOF nod, on a 1st ballot.

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    “Greatness”

    Some overweight very good QB was durable, doesn’t mean he is great.

    He’s Eli Manning or Jim Plunkett.

    Not really hall of famers. Borderline and maybr they get in somehwere down the line.

    He’s not Brady, Brees or Manning.

  32. jameshodges says:
    December 4, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Let’s be honest, the guy should have retired after the Jaguars knocked them off back in the 2017 season. He hasn’t been able to throw the ball deep accurately for many years now.

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    I think we can all (?) agree that Ben is done and should have retired last year. But after the 2017 season? All Ben did in that playoff game was throw for 469 yards and 5 TD’s against the Jags vaunted defense. The defense couldn’t stop Fournette or freakin’ Blake Bortles.

  33. 50Stars says:
    December 4, 2021 at 4:44 pm
    The guy had a great run in the league. Some imperfect moments too…just like the rest of us. Which always made him a guy to be easily liked.
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    Just like the rest of us? Yes, we’ve all been accused of sexual assault- twice.

  34. “The guy had a great run in the league. Some imperfect moments too…just like the rest of us. Which always made him a guy to be easily liked.”

    Did the rest of us have a settled out of court rape case?

  35. I’m still a fan of his. Big Ben brought 2 trophies to the Steel City and carried that franchise for years. Glad he’s able to go out with the same team that he started with.

  36. canadaraider says:
    December 4, 2021 at 6:17 pm
    Once Ben was married and turned his life to the Lord, he has been a model citizen.
    Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.>>>

    I am not without Sin, however I have never done or even contemplating the things Ben was credibly accused of doing to Women. So, stone cast.

  37. 1st ballot HOF QB doesn’t lose to Tim Tebow in the playoffs, sorry. Hall of very good.

  38. canadaraider says:
    December 4, 2021 at 6:17 pm
    Once Ben was married and turned his life to the Lord, he has been a model citizen.
    Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.
    ————————————————-
    Bla bla bla bla. The religion of zero accountability.

  39. go out with a superbowl win. that would stun the critics and the fans. Either way Big Bens had a great career.

  40. While we have Rothlisberger attached to that lie detector test can we freestyle some questions as well??

  41. To the clown who said Ben is not Brees etc…let me remind you you are no John Madden. Bens got two rings and is worth 80 Million while you spend your time trolling the Steelers…..so I’ll take Ben any day.

  42. dangerruss1919 says:
    December 4, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    I’ve always like Ben Roethlisberger despite some off field shenanigans.

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    “Off field shenanigans” is a wild way of referring to “rape”

  43. You just had a guy run people over in Wisconsin and a kid shoot up a school in Michigan. Let’s focus on real criminals you dolts.

  44. I love Drew Brees. He’s a true ballot HOFer. I love Big Ben, too. Brees won 172 games to Ben’s 161. But Brees lost 114 games and Ben only 79. Brees won 60 % of his games, and Big Ben won 67%. Ben had a +82 win-loss margin, and Drew only +58. Ben won 2 super bowls and Drew won one. We wouldn’t think for a second that Brees isn’t a first ballot HOFer, and yet Big Ben has been a better QB. Or would it be better to think of Mike Tomlin as a superior coach to Sean Payton. Isn’t it funny about perceptions.

  45. So many are still sore that Big Ben beat their team many times. Just like the same people who hate Brady for beating their team as well. Get over it, the guy will make it into the HOF on the first opportunity.

  46. If the pats wouldn’t have cheated his whole time in the AFC he would have at least 2 more rings. You could argue Brady would of still won them. I could tell you Ben was in his prime and just as good as brady and more athletic when he was in his prime. We also had a better D. Of course no one wants to talk about that cause it is a stain on the NFL.

  47. He and Tomlin both road the coattails of Chin and LeBeau to reputations they didn’t really deserve. In 11 years since the last SB, they’ve missed the playoffs as much as they’ve won the division, and they’re 3-6 in the playoffs. He’ll get in the Hall based on 2 rings where he was really a game manager on a run first team with an excellent defense. As for this season, they’re not losing due to Ben. The roster just lacks talent and Tomlin has always been an average coach.

  48. One of the toughest quarterbacks I’ve seen play. He took some serious lickings in those Ravens matchups from a decade ago. Not a perfect human being by any means. Anyone saying he’s not a HOFer is ridiculous. Cowboys fan.

  49. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 4, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    1st ballot HOF QB doesn’t lose to Tim Tebow in the playoffs, sorry. Hall of very good.
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    Or Blake Bortles either.

  50. Ben is a very good QB who put together a great run. He.also took far too many unnecessary bumps and bruises. I wish him the best and.hope his.off season personality has become part of his past.

  51. The Steelers didn’t mind having him for one final year. They didn’t have a high enough draft pick to draft a top qb. They needed to get Watt signed and they knew they were going to have more money in 2022. H.O.F. with out a doubt.

  52. It’s certainly not a surprise and it’s pretty clear the time has come. Ben’s career has been more clutch than not and he’s had more ‘up’ years than ‘down’. 2 SB wins is nothing to sneeze at and his career rivals any of history’s top QB’s as it relates to being a HOF-er.
    Thank-you #7 for a lot if great moments and bringing home 2 Lombardi’s. Well done, sir.

  53. He’s 1st ballot HOF garunteed. Played his whole career with one of the most recognizable franchises in the NFL, and kept them consistently competitive while winning 2 Super Bowls in the process.

  54. People can hate on him for his off field issues earlier in his career but he has been a pretty solid franchise QB for a long time. He may be a shell of what he was but he gives this team the best chance to win with that QB room. If not for injuries and his diet he could’ve honestly been the starter until he said he was done. He’ll be forced out because of his play. The problem is the Steelers don’t have an option on their current roster.

  55. Great career. Ben lead us out of the wilderness. I remember the days of; Cliff Stoudt, Mark Malone, David Woodley, Bubby Brister, Neil O’Donnell, Kordell Stewart, Mike Tomzcak, Tommy Maddox, not to mention Brian Leftwich, Michael Vick, Mason Rudolph, Brian Hoyer, Landry Jones, Duck Hodges, But I did like Charlie Batch.

    The point of my history lesson is that true franchise quarterbacks are a rare find. I hope the Steelers don’t wait another 20 years to find one. And yes, he’s a first ballot HOF’er. He’s top 5-10 in almost every category. ROY in 2004, 15-1 his rookie year. Three trips to the SB, two sb victories, youngest qb to win a sb, six time pro bowler, four 500 yard games, 411 td passes, lead the league in passing yardage twice, and nearly 63k in passing yardage. Historically, his numbers guarantee he’s first ballot. He did all of this in the same era as Brady, Manning, and Brees. If Ben played in the same era as Bradshaw, with Swann, Stallworth, and Franco, the Steelers would have had six or seven SBs. (I know it was different rules but he was a better qb than Terry.

  56. I am gonna miss the long list of devistating paper cuts and hang nails Big Ben blames all his failures on.

  57. As Ravens fan I will miss Ben. Still can see that hit Bart Scott laid on him way back when. Great hit. But Ben got back up. Tough as nails

  58. I’m not so sure.

    Sure looks like he could be a blocking TE.. if he adds a few more pounds, he might even be able to play on the line.

  59. If the pats wouldn’t have cheated his whole time in the AFC he would have at least 2 more rings.
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    They only played in the post season twice.

    The first was Bens rookie year (2004) he was a game manager, and that was arguably the Pats best team. They wouldn’t meet again until 2016.

    The Patriots didn’t hold the Steelers down. Their great teams never really intersected.

  60. youngest qb to win a sb
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    Worst SB QB rating ever.

    They won in spite of him.

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