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

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

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Ben Roethlisberger has formalized what has been speculated all season: he is retiring from the NFL.

The Steelers quarterback announced in a video released Thursday morning that he was calling it a career after 18 seasons in the NFL. The video featured Roethlisberger speaking with his family on a couch in his home as footage from his entire career played.

“I don’t know how to put into words what football has meant to me and what a blessing it has been,” Roethlisberger said. “Although I know with confidence that I gave the game my all, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all he gave. A boy from Findlay, Ohio, with NFL dreams developed in Oxford at the University of Miami , blessed with the honor of 18 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steeler and a home away from home.

“The journey has been exhilarating, defined by relationships and fueled by the spirit of competition. Yet 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 my children. I am retiring from football a truly grateful man.”

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Roethlisberger thanked God, his family, the coaches he worked with during his career, the Rooney and Tull families, his teammates over the years and the fans who cheered him on in his career.

“First and foremost, I must thank the Lord for all the many blessings He has given me. To my wife Ashley, our children Benjamin, Baylee and Bodie, you lift me up and suck me in and give me purpose to my life. I am so grateful 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 has driven me to be the best and to never To the Rooney family, the Tull family, Coach Tomlin, Coach Cowher and all the coaches who have invested in me, the amazing people at all levels that make the Pittsburgh Steelers a special organization. “for believing in me and allowing me to fight with you in the pursuit of excellence. all of my teammates and the endless friendships i have gained, I appreciate you and our shared commitment to wearing black and gold with pride and dignity. Putting on this jersey every Sunday with my brothers will always be one of the greatest joys of my life. To the Steeler Nation, the greatest fans in all of sports, thank you for accepting and supporting me as a quarterback over the years. Football has a gift and I thank God for allowing me to play it, for surrounding me with great people and for protecting me until the end with love and honor.”

The 39-year-old quarterback had a Hall of Fame career, earning Super Bowl rings in 2006 and 2009 and earning six Pro Bowl selections. He has the fifth-most career passing yards (64,088), eighth-most passing touchdowns (418) and 16th-highest passer rating (93.5).

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The announcement of Roethlisberger’s retirement comes after months of speculation — and assumption — that this would be his final season in the NFL. At the end of the 2021 season, it was reported that he told members of the organization that it would be his last with Pittsburgh. As the season continued to wind down, it became clearer that this would likely be his last in the league, from an emotional sendoff in his final home game at Heinz Field to coach Mike Tomlin speaking openly about a replacement in 2022.

Although Roethlisberger took the Steelers to the playoffs in 2021, it was clear he was at the end of his career. He threw his fewest touchdown passes in a full season since 2011 and the fewest passing yards in a full year since 2010. His final 2021 numbers saw him throw 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions with 3,740 yards per the pass and a completion percentage of 64.5%. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the 37th-ranked quarterback of 37.

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The attention in Pittsburgh will now turn to his replacement under center. The team had backups Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins behind them on the depth chart. Rudolph started eight games for Pittsburgh in 2019 and had 1,765 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions for an 8-3 record. He has since started two games and appeared in seven. Haskins, Washington’s 2019 first-round pick, has started 13 games and appeared in 16 games for Washington in 2019 and 2020. He has completed 60.4% of his passing for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions before being released by Washington and signed by Pittsburgh. in January 2021.

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

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