Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not quite ready for his retirement.
The Pittsburgh Steelers franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took to Twitter and posted out sweet confirmation to his fans Friday that, yes, he will be returning for his 14th National Football League (NFL) season with the aforementioned franchise.
And while the breaking news isn’t exactly a shocking surprise, it does have to calm the Pittsburgh Steelers, too. Ben Roethlisberger said on Friday that he had told the Pittsburgh Steelers of his plans to come back to the franchise for the 2017 NFL season.
“Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season,” Ben Roethlisberger said on Twitter. “Steeler Nation will get my absolute best.”
Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best! — Ben.
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) April 7, 2017
As recently as a couple of weeks ago, the 35-year-oldveteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had said he was “leaning toward” coming back, and the Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was confident that organization’s Big Ben would stay intact with stars running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown locked up with new contract deals.
Roethlisberger hinted after Pittsburgh Steelers lost to New England Patriots in the American Football Conference (AFC) championship game that he needed to take stock before committing to yet another season. But the club remained confident that Roethlisberger would return.
“As an organization, we have been hopeful that Ben would return this year,” Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told the team’s official website. “Ben and I have had many conversations, and I understood at this point in his career he is going to have to think about his long-term future. There is no question Ben wants to win championships for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we know he will do everything possible to lead our entire team to achieving that goal.”
Ben Roethlisberger — who was with the Pittsburgh Steelers for nearly 14 years when he was drafted by the team in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of University of Miami (Ohio) — has two more years left on his five-year contract worth $99 million.
In 14 regular games in the previous season, Roethlisberger recorded 328 of 509 passes for 3,819 and 29 TDs with 13 interceptions. Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl winner who turned 35 last month, had a 95.4 quarterback rating.
Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 46,814 yards and 301 touchdowns in his entire pro career in NFL and has led the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowl titles — 2006 and 2009.