Ben Roethlisberger retires: Steelers QB releases video announcing end of 18-year NFL career

Ben Roethlisberger has made official what has been speculated all season: he’s retiring from the NFL.

The Steelers quarterback introduced in a video launched Thursday morning that he’s calling it a profession after 18 seasons within the NFL. The video featured Roethlisberger talking together with his household on a sofa in his house as footage from all through his profession performed.

“I do not know easy methods to put into phrases what the sport of soccer has meant to me, and what a blessing it has been,” Roethlisberger mentioned. “Whereas I do know with confidence I’ve given my all to the sport, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all it has given. A boy from Findlay, Ohio, with NFL desires developed in Oxford at Miami College, blessed with the respect of 18 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steeler and a spot to name house.

“The journey has been exhilirating outlined by relationships and fueled by the spirit of competitors. But the time has come to wash out my locker, dangle up my cleats and proceed to be all I could be to my spouse and youngsters. I retire from soccer a very grateful man.”

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Roethlisberger thanked God, his household, the coaches he has labored with in his profession, the Rooney and Tull households, his teammates over time and the followers which have cheered for him in his profession.

“In the beginning, I must thank the Lord for all the various blessings he has bestowed on me. To my spouse Ashley, our youngsters Benjamin, Baylee and Bodie, you elevate and aspire me and provides my life goal. I am so grateful in your love and help. I like you a lot. To my mother and father and sister, each step of the way in which, your help and love has pushed me to be the most effective and by no means surrender. To the Rooney household, the Tull household, coach Tomlin, coach Cowher and all of the coaches who’ve poured into me, the unimaginable individuals at each stage that make the Pittsburgh Steelers a particular group. Thanks for believing in me, and permitting me to battle with you in pursuit of excellence. To all my teammates and the countless friendships I’ve gained, I admire you and our shared dedication to sporting the Black and Gold with pleasure and dignity. Placing that jersey on each Sunday with my brothers will all the time be one of many best joys of my life. To Steeler nation, the most effective followers in all of sport, thanks for accepting and supporting me as your quarterback over time. Soccer has a present and I thank God for permitting me to play it, surrounding me with nice individuals and defending me via to the tip with love and honor.”

The 39-year-old quarterback has had a Corridor of Fame profession, claiming Tremendous Bowl rings in 2006 and 2009, and incomes six Professional Bowl picks. He has the fifth-most passing yards in a profession (64,088), eighth-most passing touchdowns (418) and Sixteenth-best passer score (93.5).

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Roethlisberger’s retirement announcement comes after months of hypothesis — and assumption — that this might be his closing season within the NFL. Late within the 2021 season, it was reported that he had instructed members of the group that it will be his final with Pittsburgh. Because the season continued to wind down, it turned clearer that it will probably be his final within the league, from an emotional send-off in his closing house recreation at Heinz Discipline to educate Mike Tomlin brazenly speaking a few substitute in 2022.

Although Roethlisberger took the Steelers to the playoffs in 2021, it was clear that he was on the finish of his profession. He threw his fewest landing passes in a full season since 2011 and fewest passing yards in a full 12 months since 2010. His closing 2021 numbers noticed him throw 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions with 3,740 passing yards and a completion proportion of 64.5 p.c. In line with Professional Soccer Focus, he was the Thirty seventh-ranked quarterback out of 37.

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The main target in Pittsburgh will now flip to his substitute beneath heart. The workforce had backups Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins behind him on the depth chart. Rudolph began eight video games for Pittsburgh in 2019 and had 1,765 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions with an 8-3 file. He has since began two video games and appeared in seven. Haskins, Washington’s first-round decide in 2019, began 13 video games and appeared in 16 video games for Washington in 2019 and 2020. He accomplished 60.4 p.c of his passes for two,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions earlier than being launched by Washington and signed by Pittsburgh in January 2021. 


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