Ben Roethlisberger may have got his hands on his future in the NFL. On Thursday, the Steelers quarterback publicly admitted for the first time that he could step away from football by choosing to retire after the 2021 season. Roethlisberger said Monday’s game against the Cleveland Browns could very much well be his last game at Heinz Field.
“I never speak in a definitive or guaranteed way. It’s just not what I’ve done or who I am,” Roethlisberger said. “But looking at the big picture, I would say all signs point to it being the case.”
The Steelers are set to finish the regular season on the road in Baltimore in Week 18. If they were to end up in the playoffs with a season-ending rally, they likely would as the final wild-card entry, which would mean they would be on the road throughout their playoff run. So if Roethlisberger called it a career at the end of this season, Monday night’s game against the Browns would likely be the last time the Pittsburgh loyalists would see their quarterback, which led them to two Super Bowl titles in the during his 18-year career, in his home stadium.
Roethlisberger went on to note that the emotions of this may be the end of the road for him in Pittsburgh. began to manifest, but also said he would be able to put those on the back burner and focus on the task at hand which is the Browns.
Rumors that this could be Roethlisberger’s final season have been circulating for some time. In the last offseason, he restructured his contract to stay with the Steelers for one more season, but is not contractually bound with the organization beyond 2021.
“I have always been the one who fulfilled my obligations to the team with contracts,” Roethlisberger said on Thursday. “I don’t have a contract next season so I guess the writing was on the wall of [the front office], but a little all of us together. I wouldn’t say my decision is made by all means, but I have decided that this season I am going to give my all to try and win a Super Bowl. ”
Roethlisberger has spent his entire career with the Steelers since the organization drafted him with the No. 11 pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Currently, he is the Steelers all-time leader in yards. passing and touchdowns passing.