Ben Roethlisberger says Monday night is likely his last game at Heinz Field

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is getting ready to say goodbye to Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger said today that Monday night’s game against the Browns is likely his final game at Heinz Field.

“I don’t ever speak in definites or guarantees, that’s just not what I’ve ever done or who I am,” he said. “But looking at the bigger picture, I would say that all signs are pointing to this could be it. Regular season, that is — I know we still have a chance to potentially get a playoff game there if things fall our way and we take care of business and things have to happen. But in the grand scheme of things, in terms of regular season, signs are pointing that way, this could be it.”

It has been widely believed that this would be Roethlisberger’s final season with the Steelers, but that’s as close as Roethlisberger has come to confirming it publicly.

It’s possible that Roethlisberger would try to keep playing beyond this season, but the Steelers appear ready to move on, and it’s doubtful that any other team would be eager to hand him a starting job, given that he’s struggling through one of his worst seasons and will turn 40 in March.

And so Roethlisberger is probably stepping onto Heinz Field for the last time on Monday night, where Steelers fans will salute him for a long and successful career.

52 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger says Monday night is likely his last game at Heinz Field

  1. If this really is the end then, as a Ravens fan, I must say – thanks for all of the great memories big guy. It’s been one helluva ride!

  2. Vintage Ben, like vintage Bradshaw before him, was great for the team, the city, the fans, and the overall game of football. It was 25 years between them. I hope it isn’t 25 more years between now and the next great Pittsburgh quarterback because I probably won’t be around to watch if it takes that long.

  3. By the time a man is age 40, he sure as hell SHOULD be able to speak in definites and guarantees. Otherwise, what is his word worth?

  4. It’s definitely not money that’s driving his indecision. He obviously loves the game ,the process, and competing. It’s hard to walk away if you love what you do, even if your body is telling you differently. I think that’s the reason that he is on the fence.

  5. tommyfromambridge says:
    December 30, 2021 at 10:36 am
    By the time a man is age 40, he sure as hell SHOULD be able to speak in definites and guarantees. Otherwise, what is his word worth?

    ______________________________________________. A lot, he’s being up front that he’s not decided on an action yet. He’s indecisive and honest about it. I would much rather have a person say “I’m doing xyz, but ABC factors may influence that” than a person give me a definite and then not meet the expectation. Being frank about your flaws is a strength not a weakness.

  6. Would be great if they reach the playoffs. The last rodeo of Big Ben starts with a win on monday night.

  7. The 2015 Chiefs defense showed Peyton Manning the door to retirement that year after his miserable performance against them during the game he set the record for most passing yards, then promptly threw 4 intercetions and was benched in the 3rd quarter.

    Now the 2021 Chiefs defense effectively pulled down the curtain on Ben’s career after harassing him into his worst performance in years.

    Nice

  8. A declining Big Ben is still better than 1/2 the QBs in the league. I can attest to that as a Washington fan! Great career. Start the clock for his 1st ballot hall of fame ceremony!

  9. Sure Ben may be better than some starters but those players can theoretically develop. Ben cannot, hes reached the mental peak and is in a free fall physically. Had Brady Favre or Manning looked like this for the Pats, Packers and Steelers they would have retired. Ben is retiring after this season.

  10. Great QB. If he had even 10% of Bradys urge to self improve he’d likely have a couple more SBs.

  11. His career was over when he lost to Tebow 10 years ago, same for Tomlin. Thanks again, #15!

  12. The thing with Ben is he can play lights out and win a game or he can play like a bum and make it impossible to win. Too bad he wasn’t more consistent instead of bumbling through a game then trying to win it in the fourth quarter. He seemed to always do that against terrible teams. I think he’s been mailing it in for the last five years. Maybe it’s because he knows they have no chance with Tomlin as the coach.

  13. Writing was on the wall after last year’s collapse. This season confirmed it. His lingering did not help his team.

  14. As far as qb ratings go he wasn’t terrible this year considering he had 3 sometimes 4 rookies on the o line starting. He is rated higher than Mayfield. I’m glad he stayed this year. Got him on a discount and we were able to sign Watt, Fitzpatrick next year and got the Steelers to 2022 when a lot more salty cap will be available.

  15. The article says “likely” as the last at Heinz because there is that slight possibility of actually winning the division.

    I’m sure Ben signed up for this year knowing the O-line would be third and fourth round rookies, a second year 4th rounder, a castoff and a guy coming off an ACL who missed most the season this year.

    And, oh yeah, a rookie OC with almost no pro experience.

    He should sue for lack of support.

  16. tommyfromambridge says:
    December 30, 2021 at 10:36 am
    By the time a man is age 40, he sure as hell SHOULD be able to speak in definites and guarantees. Otherwise, what is his word worth?
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    How should he know? His reworked contract is only good through this season.

  17. He’s had a wonderful long career, played in multiple Super Bowls and won the Super Bowl. By any measure he’s had a great career. Lasted longer than Eli or Phillip Rivers from that same draft class, not to mention Matt Schaub or J.P. Losman. I’m sure the crowd at Heinz Field will be loud & proud on Monday night

  18. My Browns need to ruin his retirement party. Lord knows they have hurt us enough over the years.

  19. It would be fitting if his arm fell off on the last pass he throws in his career, considering how injured he’s been lately.

  20. patsrule says:
    December 30, 2021 at 10:41 am
    At least a year too late. He’s been cooked for a while.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    His actual stats prove you wrong. But you could not help yourself with a lie of course.

  21. Ben is an absolute lock for the HOF as soon as he is eligible. There are plenty of other QBs in the HOF with far less overall stats than he has.

  22. this almost guarantees that when he throws a pick-6 with 32 seconds left in the game, on the potential game winning drive, he’ll fake an injury and get carted off Heinz Field one last time.

  23. If he beats Cleveland, then all is good. He owns them.
    What has Cleveland and Cincy won? Nadda… zip

  24. My guess is he wants to have the formal announcement in front of the cameras and that last hurra and say goodbye to the fans his own way. Thus, warning them they better see him Monday because its probably it. Unless they make the playoffs. The refs have done everything possible to keep this team in the race.

  25. Pittsburgh sure didn’t prepare for this. The QB cupboard is bare when Ben leaves. I thought Trask was a great value in the second round. Good to try and develop for a year to prep for Ben leaving.

  26. ImaPayne says:
    December 30, 2021 at 3:16 pm
    My guess is he wants to have the formal announcement in front of the cameras and that last hurra and say goodbye to the fans his own way. Thus, warning them they better see him Monday because its probably it. Unless they make the playoffs. The refs have done everything possible to keep this team in the race.

    —————————————

    My guess is you’re not a Steelers fan….
    As for the refs “done everything possible”… get real…
    They’re 7-7-1.

  27. this almost guarantees that when he throws a pick-6 with 32 seconds left in the game, on the potential game winning drive, he’ll fake an injury and get carted off Heinz Field one last time.

    Seems somebody wishes they were as tough as Ben……and as rich.

  28. I must admit I’ve never cared for Mr Roethlisberger all that much. He’s been a successful QB by any measure though so I hope his home fans give him a proper send off. Full career in one place with some rings is quite the rarity now. So even with the parts of him I’ve disliked I will wish the competitor a good game. After that exit stage left please until we see you next in 5 years as the head coach at Miami of Ohio and that will be a spectacle if it happens.

  29. Did nothing in the decade after LeBeaus defense fell off. Unless you count losing in the playoffs to Tebow and Bortles as “doing something”.

  30. Someone has made the point that they think the refs have been keeping Pittsburgh in the playoff race. I’ll just respond with my Lions traded whip cream pies all the way through an entire game, and then all of OT before a tie was the result. The EASIEST game to do anything to would’ve been that one since a Pittsburgh win was the presumed result all expected. Including we Lions fans. So sorry but the refs keep them afloat argument doesn’t hold any water for me. Example 1- Det v Pit.

  31. I recall the long seasons when defenders would be draped all over Big Ben and he would inevitably get rid of the ball, sometimes toppling over. Now though, one defender and Roethlisberger hits the turf.

    That is all there is to it.

  32. I’m a Ram fan for life! I said that Big Ben would win a Super Bowl when he played in College!!! If by chance (thin), the Steelers make it to the playoffs. Wish you luck. Enjoy your retirement Ben. Time to hang it up. You had a great career thanks to the personnel surrounding you. Have a shot of Tequila!!

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