Ben Roethlisberger makes light of report he has privately said this is his final season

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A report last week indicated Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerprivately has told former teammates and some within the organization that he expects this to be his final season” with the team.

Roethlisberger was asked about the report after the Steelers’ 20-19 victory over the Ravens.

“Well, I haven’t told everybody that,” Roethlisberger said, laughing along with reporters.

Roethlisberger turns 40 in March. He has played 18 seasons. He and the Steelers appear to be going through the motions one final time.

It looks and feels like Roethlisberger’s final season, and if it looks and feels that way, it probably is his final season. Roethlisberger, though, repeated what he has said for months, if not years: He will take it one year at a time.

“You know, honestly, we just got done with this game,” Roethlisberger continued, via video from Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I’m exhausted, and we play in a couple of hours it feels like. So that’s my focus. My focus is on Minnesota and what we have to do to get ready. I’ll address any of that stuff after the season. I’ve always been a one-game-at-a-time, one-season-at-a-time person, and I’m going to stay that way.”

Roethlisberger completed 21 of 31 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in one of his better games of the season. The Steelers, though, have a quick turnaround, facing the Vikings on Thursday night.

11 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger makes light of report he has privately said this is his final season

  1. Clark’s comments were ridiculous. Ben isn’t what he used to be and not even a top 15 QB but without him you can’t even beat the Lions.

  2. Who cares what his mouth is saying? His performance is speaking and it is loud and clear.

  3. I hope Pitt makes a run and Ben ends this year the way he has ended most of his years in the NFL, losing convincingly to the Pats in the playoffs!!!

  4. Ben took care of business in the 4th qtr, just like he has his entire career. He’s just a shell of the double-SB winning QB he used to be, but coming up w/ a solid performance to beat the Ravens shows he still has a little left on the tank.

  5. Roethlisberger gave Pittsburgh all he had. In his prime he was just unstoppable and I’m not even a Pittsburgh fan! He gave what he had and that’s that. This is a rough game and after 20+ years of playing football and getting beat up it would have an impact on anyone. Show a little respect. He’s been doing this 1/2 of his lifetime…. understand how hard it is to walk away from what you’ve always done. Fans just don’t get how hard that is. You sit on your couch telling everyone how to do something when you’ve never lived that life or even have an understanding of it.

  6. If I or you are under no obligation to make a decision until March say, why in the heck do you think he would? And why do you think he is running around telling people he has made up his mind? I do no think he has made up his mind. I do not think he is telling me people. I think it’s all hogwash.

  7. That’s how u tell the difference between real nfl quarterbacks vs those qb’s tgat have been coddled and made the face of the NFL product.

    Ones a football throwback who would have made it in any era, and the others are faces for madden

  8. I sincerely hope that Ben can go out in Bettis style, winning another Super Bowl trophy and then walking away with and living an enjoyable with his family. If not, I am still thoroughly grateful for his effort, performance, and success over his years as a Steeler.

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