Ben Roethlisberger Contemplates Retirement
Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers lost the AFC Championship game to the New England Patriots 36-17.
The Steelers lost in a terrible way. The game was never actually close. The Steelers never had any control over the game as well. Their injury problem was not helpful either, as their stat running back Le’Veon Bell went out in the first quarter. The defense was never really any help as well. The game was a devastating team loss for sure.
Now the offseason for them starts and there are many thoughts going through the organization. The first one must be how do they get back to the AFC Championship and get to the Super Bowl next year. There is one player who is taking the season hard.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, stated by Will Graves of Associated Press, expressed his thought process for the offseason.
“I’m going to take this offseason 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,” Ben said. “If there’s going to be a next season, all those things.”
Big Ben is turning 35 this year and has been through various things during his career. Injuries are one of them. Ben has suffered 13 injuries since 2006 according to sportsinjurypredictor.com. He also suffered knee injuries in back-to-back seasons. Then the team also dealt with suspensions of players. Most people think if Martavis Bryant, Steelers’ wide receiver, wasn’t under suspension this year that the offense would be unstoppable. The suspension of Bell for the first three games did not help either. Also, the Patriots are not going anywhere and are a model of consistency. This team has many problems. As a result, the two-time NFL champion will be thinking about this offseason.
Ben has thrown for a career total of 46, 84 yards on 64.1 % completion with 301 touchdowns, states ESPN. He will be a Hall-of-famer when he retires and maybe enough is enough. His rugged style might be starting to wear on him.
Big Ben deserves to be on a team with a better cast around him in the later part of his career.
AP later states how Ben alarmed he’s “not by any means saying he’s not coming back.” Even coach Mike Tomlin is planning for the worst.
“That’s football,” he said. “Obviously I’m hopeful that he returns and the potential of his return or not returning will weigh heavily on our planning. That’s life. He’s the most significant component of what it is that we do. We’ll plan and react accordingly.”
The Steelers furthermore have a big problem especially if Ben leaves.
It will be tough replacing his greatness.