Ben Roethlisberger announces his retirement

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Ben Roethlisberger has retired.

Roethlisberger posted on social media today that he is retiring after an 18-year career, all with the Steelers.

“The time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats, and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children,” Roethlisberger said. “I retire from football a truly grateful man.”

Roethlisberger was the 11th overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft and won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in his first season, won two Super Bowl rings, and was a six-time Pro Bowler. He will have a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Now he will head into retirement, and the Steelers will move forward on finding their next franchise quarterback.

68 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger announces his retirement

  1. Bengals fan here glad that I won’t have to see him ever again. That’s a big complement, congrats on a great career and thanks for bringing some of your magic to Miami U

  2. Guaranteed HOF unless they replace the selection committee with the spiteful MLB writer association

  3. Thanks Ben for everything…the good …the bad….the recovery from the bad…but most of all being a fighting Steeler to the end. It will be hard to replace his heroics but it’s time to move on.

  4. That was a cool video montage he put together on Twitter to announce it.

    All the best Big Ben. See you with your yellow jacket soon.

  5. Liked him a lot when he was young, kind of fell off, then liked him again at the end. Hated for them to reach the playoffs as Ben just wasn’t a QB that should be there anymore. The last win of the regular season would’ve been enough and the Chargers choked away the tie. Either way Ben is a HOF’er and thanks for helping make the game game what it is today.

  6. Thanks Ben! It was a great run. 2 championships but disappointed the Steelers didn’t add another while you was the qb.

  7. While others have filled in for a banged up Ben, it will be very strange to see others try to take his place as the everyday guy behind center. 18 years is a long time – long enough to be born then join the Marines There are guys who played against him who were too young to remember Tommy Maddox. Everything will be different in the Burgh.

  8. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take as long as it did from Bradshaw to Big Ben. Best of luck to you in your next chapter

  9. Not a big fan but Ben was always a competitor and a warrior on the field. He should go into the sunset proud of his achievements.

  10. One of the all time greats! Thank you for the memories Big Ben, God bless you! Steeler for life!

  11. Good luck and thanks for an unexpectedly-solid career, even if the last couple have been lackluster. Dropping to 6.2 yards per attempt is definitely not the Ben we got used to during the glory days, but well done overall.

  12. Truly an end of an era with Ben, Manning, Brees, and Brady/Rodgers (maybe) retired. Weird to think that Mahomes is a Vet QB in the league when compared against those names.

  13. stifleyourselfedith says:
    “Let’s just hope it doesn’t take as long as it did from Bradshaw to Big Ben.”

    Dan Marino was available but the Steelers decided not to draft the home town boy in 1983.

  14. Thanks for the memories, Ben. Never forget all those prime time slugfests vs Baltimore, especially. He was a unique QB who could extend the play w/ not speed, as much as just being able to find the open areas of the pocket Perhaps if Brady not in the AFC, he could’ve possibly seen 2-3 more SB appearances.

  15. I love the bitter Browns fans in here, saying how to enjoy Mason Rudolph replacing Ben. How is Faker Mayfield doing, BTW? Bet you can’t wait to give him $30-40M/yr, huh? Maybe they wouldn’t be as bitter if they had selected Ben over Kellen Winslow, in the first place.

  16. Always sad news when a great NFL player hands up his cleats, amazing 18 years with one team. Very rare nowadays

    From a Raiders fan

  17. Never forget Draft Day 2004, when I broke my television as the Browns announced their selection of Kellen Winslow II

  18. It’s a true changing of the guard…Big Ben, soon Brady and Rodgers. Handing off the keys to you Justin Herbert,Joe Burrow and Josh Allen!! Congrats Ben in your retirement.

  19. This news is three years long overdue. He had a great career, though one can’t help but wonder why he waited until now to finally call it quits? They could have had a young, all pro quarterback by now.

  20. Played the position in a unique way. Not a runner, but able to shed would-be sacks and throw perfect downfield passes. Fun to watch even if not a Steelers fan.

    Now back to a “Bubby Brister” era for the Steelers. No Terry. No Ben. No Championships.

  21. Brady (possibly) outlives another one.

    In all seriousness though, that QB class he was drafted in was a no bs group, and he was arguably the best amongst them. Enjoy the rest of your life Ben

    -Chiefs fan

  22. Thanks Ben. One of my favorite QBs to watch in his prime with his improvisation skills.

  23. I think Favre and Big Ben were the two toughest qb’s to sack I’ve ever seen. Ben would have three guys hanging off him and still toss the ball 30 yards. His pass to SH in the back of the endzone to beat the Cards was legendary.

  24. That guy shoved a dagger through the hearts of AFC North fans since the day he replaced Tommy Maddox against the Ravens. Just when you thought your defense had him corralled, he’d duck out of it and hit a 30 yard completion downfield. He was a pain in the backside of everyone but Steelers fans for a lot of years. I have nothing but respect for his play on the field, but I’m glad he’s gone.

  25. wonderboy says:
    January 27, 2022 at 10:17 am
    He was a shell of his former self.
    He stayed a year too long.

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    That’s nonsense. He got them to the playoffs. That’s better season than 18 teams in the league. Players play for themselves, not because of some kind of fan perceived legacy. He was their best option until his last year and he retired when he wanted to for the team that drafted him. That’s pretty amazing.

  26. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    January 27, 2022 at 11:01 am
    It’s a true changing of the guard…Big Ben, soon Brady and Rodgers. Handing off the keys to you Justin Herbert,Joe Burrow and Josh Allen!! Congrats Ben in your retirement.

    ————

    All that is yet to be seen. Mahomes has the keys right now and as much as these other guys have shown, we don’t know who else will truly step up and win consistently in the AFC.

  27. He’d have a lot more hardware if he didn’t play most of his career in the same conference as Manning and Brady…

  28. Remember the days of Bubby Brister, Cliff Stoudt, Kordell Stewart, and Mark Malone? The Steelers had a long drought between Hall of Fame QB’s. Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

  29. Congrats on a great career and being one of the toughest QB’s ever. The NFL will miss you. See you in Canton

  30. He is older and a bit clunky but he is still better than 2/3 of the QBs in the league. If it wasn’t for that high school offense they run he could still do it well enough to make a non-playoff team a playoff team.

  31. I’m a Pats fan and the Steelers talent level scared the heck out of me. If they could have gotten their act together as a team, they could have rivaled my Pats more consistently. It was the lack of discipline, team cohesion and in game adjustments and situational calls, not Big Ben’s play that held the Steelers back. As a football fan I say good luck. As a Pats fan I say good riddance.

  32. “Well…bye” is really creative. Sounds like a lot of bitter Cowboys AND Browns fans today.

  33. I will cherish the great playoff games against Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles and Baker Mayfield when the Steelers were heavy favorites

  34. After reading all of these responses, the NFL has been around for 102 years and as I understand it there are 34 QB’s in the HOF. It begs the question. Does it really take a HOF QB to be successful in the NFL? Because if it does a lot of teams and fans are going to be very unhappy for a very long time. Pittsburg, if it does take a HOF QB to win and compete for playoffs and Super Bowls, you might as well settle in for the 20 year wait. Just think 2042 will be your year!

  35. ONE OF THE GREAT ALL-TIME ROOKIE SEASONS
    13-0
    In consecutive weeks he beat both of the eventual Super Bowl teams [Eagles & Patriots] who were both undefeated at the time…and ending the Patriots 22 game winning streak!

  36. Trade Tomlin to the Raiders for Carr. He can take his impressive defensive scheme that wasted Ben’s prime years with him.

  37. bbb82 says:
    January 27, 2022 at 1:21 pm
    Overrated. That first super bowl they win in spite of him, not because of him.
    —————————–
    If it wasn’t for him they’re not even in that Super Bowl. He had a great AFC playoff run.

  38. covid19 says:
    January 27, 2022 at 1:06 pm
    After reading all of these responses, the NFL has been around for 102 years and as I understand it there are 34 QB’s in the HOF. It begs the question. Does it really take a HOF QB to be successful in the NFL? Because if it does a lot of teams and fans are going to be very unhappy for a very long time. Pittsburg, if it does take a HOF QB to win and compete for playoffs and Super Bowls, you might as well settle in for the 20 year wait. Just think 2042 will be your year!
    ———————————
    You don’t HAVE to have a HOF QB (see Trent Dilfer, Jim McMahon, Brad Johnson), but it definitely helps. There are far more HOF SB winning QB’s than non-HOF SB winning QBs

  39. bbb82 says:
    January 27, 2022 at 1:21 pm
    Overrated. That first super bowl they win in spite of him, not because of him.
    —–
    But they never would have gotten there without him. Winning a SuperBowl isn’t just about that game.

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