Ben Roethlisberger thankful for “best fans in all of sports” after finale in Pittsburgh

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Ben Roethlisberger played what was likely his last game in Pittsburgh on Monday night, and afterward he said he feels fortunate to have had the long career he’s had.

Roethlisberger said the support he felt from Pittsburgh fans, both Monday night and throughout his career, meant a lot to him.

“This is home,” Roethlisberger said. “I was born in Ohio but I live here and I’ll always be here. These fans, and this place, mean so much to me and my family and always will. I’ve always said that they’re the best fans in all of sports, and I’ll stick by that until the day I die. To see all the signs and the jerseys and the towels and to hear them cheer for me coming out of the towel, I don’t know that I’ll ever put it into words.”

Roethlisberger also thanked his teammates after the game, many of whom said they wanted to win for him.

“This game was very special to me,” Roethlisberger said. “I told them thank you, how much this place and they mean to me. . . . I’m just so blessed to play this game for a long time.”

Although the Steelers are unlikely to make the playoffs, Roethlisberger went out a winner in Pittsburgh, and Monday night’s win ensures that he’ll finish his career without ever having a losing season.

19 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger thankful for “best fans in all of sports” after finale in Pittsburgh

  1. Just seems like yetsterday that he was a rookie. Good luck in your retirement and we’ll see ya in the tv booth.

  2. We’ve been blessed watching him play. Vintage Ben was a thing of beauty and will not be forgotten.

  3. Ya know, the Steelers could have done much worse than 2 super bowl rings and 17 years of stability at the QB position. That was a very, very good first round. Eli, Rivers, Ben, Larry Fitzgerald, Steven Jackson and the late Sean Taylor come to mind.

  4. Enjoyed watching his whole carrier 2004-2021. Next stop Hall of Fame!
    Only question is will he be the only 2004 QB there?

  5. Certainly the most forgiving and forgetting fans when it comes to Roethlisbergers past indiscretions. Or are we not allowed to bring that up anymore because they were “mistakes” he made when he was immature as the MNF crew called it last night.

  6. Another example of how you can do terrible things and you’re still worshipped in this country if you’re good at sportsing.

    If he were J.P. Losman doing those things they would have locked him up and thrown away the key a decade ago.

  7. Big Ben earned himself a Hollywood movie like send off. Congrats Ben on a HOF Career.

  8. That was nice of him to say, but everyone says that about their own fans. The truth is, Minnesota’s fans are widely acknowledged to be the best fans, both in their passion and support (longest true sellout streak in NFL history) and their intelligence and understanding of the game. Good luck Ben!

  9. Ben was no angel, but he wasn’t a cheater like Brady who is still idolized by the fanboys so you Patsie trolls really shouldn’t seek to discredit Ben. It’s a shame some people enjoy being that”guy”. The jerk.

  10. He should have been in jail for his “indiscretions”. Great player. Horrible human being.

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    So you have interacted with Ben personally and came away with an impression of a horrible person? I think you need more compassion and certainly less of a judge mental approach towards someone you only know from watching a game. Do you feel the same towards Tiger Woods, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, and of course Tom Brady….time to give your hate a test…it’s boring.

  11. Can we not acknowledge that “good guys” don’t get accused of multiple rapes and then pay their victims off?

  12. Ben will make the HOF … not too sure about Rivers, Eli or Ryan. Wilson should make it but needs to start winning again. Flacco and Smith had nice careers but wont make it …

  13. Vasteelerfan….So it sounds like you think punching a woman (Ray Rice), an alleged murderer (Ray Lewis), and Ben’s “indiscretions” are on the same level as an adulterer (Tiger Woods) or a person that allegedly cheated on a game (Tom Brady). Interesting.

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