When Ben Roethlisberger appeared on a local Pittsburgh radio show he said “I don’t know. I’m gonna take this off-season to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season — if there’s gonna be a next season. All those things. At that point in my career and my age I feel like that’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year.”
Wouldn’t you say the same thing in the days following the another disappointing end to the season? Being 2 days removed from the AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots, it’s not surprising that Big Ben is unsure about his future. He is decompressing and most likely replaying the entire season in his head going over the mistakes and wondering how they could’ve done better.
Rest assured, Big Ben most likely isn’t going anywhere. Once he’s had time away from the pressures of playing, he’ll be able to see that he still has a lot of football left in him and his competitive fire will flame.
But on the off chance he does decide to hang up his cleats, would you really fault him? He can’t play football forever and he does have a family to worry about. His body takes a massive beating throughout the season and the older he gets the harder it is for him to recover completely.
Let’s not forget his impressive career stats. According to ESPN’s NFL All-Time Rankings: Big Ben rounds out the Top 10 in Pass Yards at 46,814, falls at 11th in Pass Completion at 3,804, and sits at 9th in Touchdown Pass Leaders with 301. Oh and he’s won the Super Bowl twice.
So I wouldn’t mourn the end of the Big Ben Era in the city of Steel just yet. Big Ben just needs time to recover and relax before coming back bigger and better next season.