Ben Roethlisberger is considered as one of the most efficient passers of the league, mainly known for playing outside the passing pocket or famously referred to as ‘backyard football’ by him. His time with the Steelers is coming to an end. He all but confirmed that he is leaving his team after this season.

As the season winds down, Ben Roethlisberger made his first public statement on future plans. The 18-year veteran informed the media on Thursday, December 30 that “all signals” point to Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns being his final home game at Heinz Field.

“I don’t ever speak in definites or guarantees,” said Ben. “That’s just not what I’ve ever done or who I am. But looking at the bigger picture, I would say that all signs are pointing towards this could be it…regular season that is. I know we still have a chance to potentially get a playoff game there if things fall our way. In the grand scheme of things, in terms of regular seasons, signs are pointing that way this could be it.”

The 39-year-old has effectively ruled out a comeback to the Steelers in 2022. If that’s the case, it’s safe to assume Roethlisberger is on the verge of retiring. He had earlier stated in early December that he would not be interested in playing for any other team except the Steelers.

“I grew up with that [Joe] Montana, [Dan] Morino, [John] Elway, [Jim] Kelly,” Roethlisberger said. “I think the hardest thing was watching Joe go to the Chiefs from the 49ers. That was tough.”

“My focus is on Minnesota and what we have to do to get ready,” Ben said on 5th December. “I’ll address any of the stuff after the season. I’ve always been a one-game-at-a-time, one-season-at-a-time person.”

While retirement rumors and the possibility of this being his final season with the Steelers have been circulating for a few weeks, this is Roethlisberger’s first acknowledgement that he is nearing the end of his career with the team.

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Muskan Sharma

Muskan Sharma, is a student at Calcutta University, pursuing a law degree. She has written articles for a variety of journals. She has an interest in world news, journals, and articles. She then made the decision to write for Thirsty for news. On December 13, 2021, Muskan began writing in Thirsty. She has a range of other hobbies outside writing, such as traveling and exploring new places.

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