Ben Roethlisberger: I’ve made a million throws, your shoulder starts to wear down

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is usually a limited participant or non-participant in practice early in the week before ramping up in time to play on Sunday, but his schedule is different this week.

The Steelers play the Vikings on Thursday, so Roethlisberger got in a full practice on Tuesday and said that he will be leaning on the team’s “chiropractors, masseuses, training staff” to make sure that he’s as ready to play as possible. As he noted, though, there’s only so much he’s going to be able to do about a right shoulder that’s got a lot of miles on it at this point in his career.

“It’s my shoulder that hurts more than my elbow,” Roethlisberger said, via Brooke Pryor of “My elbow feels great, thanks to the doctors. It’s just dealing with throwing. Wish someone could keep track; like I’ve thrown a million throws in my life, so at some point your shoulder starts to wear down a little bit. Just like any quarterback, your arm always hurts a little bit.”

All of the wear and tear that Roethlisberger has picked up over the years is a big part of the reason why this is expected to be his final year in the NFL, but he’ll be doing what he can to get to gameday until the end of the line does arrive.

10 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: I’ve made a million throws, your shoulder starts to wear down

  1. I can relate to his shoulder pain, I coached high school baseball in California and I also coached a 19 & under baseball traveling team. I would pitch batting practice sometimes throwing as many as 100 pitches per batter. With 15 or more players that comes to roughly 1500 pitches a day. In pre-season that was 5 times a week for the high school team and then after the HS season ended it was 7 days a week for the traveling team unless we were playing a tournament. I did this for 13 years, plus I also played tennis in my spare time and surfed. I’d venture to say my shoulder has seen nearly as much wear and tear as Ben’s also considering that I tore my rotator and never had it repaired, just worked through the pain with exercise. Of course coaching baseball, I did not have my shoulder getting slammed to the ground with a 330 pound dude on top of me. I feel for you Ben.

  2. Big Ben is bad at math too. He has to throw 200 times a day, everyday, for 20 years in order to have 1 million throws. If he even comes close, he wouldn’t be this fat.

  3. In reality, Ben playing until he’s 40/41 (or any Qb for that matter) should be rightly considered a long career. He’s been a winner and very productive. The Hall will be calling. Clearly, he didn’t do everything under his power 12 months per year to be in the best shape he could, arm preservation or otherwise. So what? He’s one of the best I’ve seen anyway.

    Comparing anyone to Brady is a fools errand. He’s an outlier in every category and it’s due to his fanatical approach to conditioning and diet, etc. The fact that he can still sling it at age 44 like he’s 30 could not have been predicted.

  4. His doctor prescribed a game against the Vikings. Look what it did for Jared Goff.

    When Aaron Rodger’s doctor prescribed the same thing, how’d that go again?

  5. Just look at Ken Stabler. He had a 15 year career in the NFL, and knew more about bar bills than barbells. He, like Roethlisberger stayed a little too long at the party. But in his prime he sure was fun to watch.

  6. I’m not a Steelers fan by any stretch, but I used to enjoy seeing Antonio Brown catching Ben’s passes. But that was because of the athletic ability of Brown….he could reel in balls that pretty much nobody else could. Ben would toss it up for grabs, and Brown would go up and get it.

    They probably both miss each other, not that either one would ever admit it.

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