Ben Roethlisberger has officially made what has been speculated all season: He is retiring from the NFL.
The Steelers quarterback announced in a video published on Thursday morning, that he calls a career after 18 playing times in the NFL. The video showed Roethlisberger talking to his family on a couch in his home while footage from throughout his career played.
“I do not know how to put in words what the football game meant to me and what a blessing it was,” Roethlisberger said. “Although I know with confidence that I have given everything for the game, I’m overwhelmed by gratitude for everything it has given. A boy from Findlay, Ohio, with NFL dreams developed in Oxford at Miami University, blessed with the honor of 18 seasons as Pittsburgh Steeler and a home.
“The journey has been exciting, shaped by relationships and driven by a competitive spirit. But it’s time to clean up my locker, hang my shoes and continue to be everything I can be for my wife and children. I’m retiring from football a really grateful man.”
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Roethlisberger thanked God, his family, the coaches he has worked with throughout his career, the Rooney and Tull families, his teammates over the years and the fans who have cheered him on throughout his career.
“First and foremost, I have to thank the Lord for all the many blessings he has given to me. To my wife Ashley, our children Benjamin, Baylee and Bodie, you uplift and reach for me and give meaning to my life. I am so thankful for your love and support. I love you so much. To my parents and my sister, every step of the way, your support and love made me want to be the best and never give up. To the Rooney family, the Tull family, Coach Tomlin, Coach Cowher and all the coaches who have joined me, the incredible people at all levels who make the Pittsburgh Steelers a special organization. Thank you for thinking of me and allow me to fight with you in the pursuit of excellence. To all my teammates and the endless friendships I’ve made, I appreciate you and our shared commitment to wearing the black and gold with pride and dignity. Wearing this jersey with my brothers every Sunday will always be one of the greatest joys of my life. To the Steeler nation, the best fans of sport, thank you for accepting and supporting me over the years as your quarterback. Football is a gift and I thank God for allowing me to play it, surrounding me with great people and protecting me with love and honor to the end.”
The 39-year-old quarterback has a Hall of Fame career behind him, won great Bowl rings in 2006 and 2009 and won six Pro Bowl selections. He has the fifthmists passing yards his career (64,088), the eightmists passing touchdowns (418) and the 16th best passer rank (93.5).
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Roethlisberger’s withdrawal announcement takes place after months of speculation – and assumptions – that this would be his last season in the NFL. Towards the end of the 2021 season, it was reported that he had told members of the organization that it would be his last with Pittsburgh. As the season continued to wind down, it became clearer that it would likely be his last in the league, from an emotional farewell in his last home game at Heinz Field to coach Mike Tomlin being open about a replacement in 2022.
Although Roethlisberger led Steelers 2021 into the playoffs, it was clear that he was at the end of his career. He threw his fewest touchdown passports in a whole season since 2011 and the fewest passing yards in a whole year since 2010. Its final numbers for 2021 showed that he showed 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions with 3.740 passing yards and a final percentage of 64.5 percent threw. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the 37th quarterback of 37.
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The focus in Pittsburgh will now focus on its replacement under the middle. The team had Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins on the depth map behind. Starting in eight games for Pittsburgh in 2019, Rudolph had 1,765 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions with an 8-3 record. Since then, he has started two games and appeared in seven. Haskins, Washington’s first-round pick in 2019, started 13 games and appeared in 16 games for Washington in 2019 and 2020. He completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions before being released by Washington and taken under Pittsburgh in January 2021.