(NFL) There is a GOD… Looks like Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t ready for retirement.
Big Ben posted “Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season, Steeler Nation will get my absolute best.”
Though everyone from coach Mike Tomlin to general manager Kevin Colbert to team president Art Rooney II believed Roethlisberger would be back, Roethlisberger kept quiet publicly until today.
The front office hardly appeared panicked as Roethlisberger weighed his options. Pittsburgh re-signed backup Landry Jones and hosted Patrick Mahomes and Josh Dobbs in pre-draft visits, but otherwise assumed the franchise’s all-time leader in every major passing category would be return.
“As an organization, we have been hopeful that Ben would return this year,” Tomlin said on Friday in a release on the team’s 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.”
Roethlisberger passed for 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns for Pittsburgh as the Steelers went 11-5 and won the AFC North for the second time in three years.