The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger has announced his retirement.
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers has officially confirmed his retirement after 18 seasons with the franchise.
Roethlisberger made the news in a video published on Twitter on Thursday morning, thanking his supporters and reminiscing about his years playing football. He announced his resignation from the National Football League while seated with his family.
“I don’t know how to express how much the game of football has meant to me and how much of a gift it has been,” Roethlisberger said in the video’s opening moments. “While I am certain that I gave the game my best, I am overwhelmed with appreciation for all it has given me.”
Roethlisberger concluded his illustrious 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers by winning three Super Bowls (XL, XLIII, and XLV) and defeating the Seattle Seahawks (XL) and Arizona Cardinals (XLV) (XLIII).
Big Ben concludes his career as a starting quarterback with a 165-81-1 (.670) regular-season record. These 165 victories are the most in team history and rank sixth all-time in the NFL.
Roethlisberger has accumulated a lengthy list of awards over his career, including six Pro Bowl selections (2007, ’11, ’14-17), 18 AFC Offensive Player of the Week crowns, and the Steelers’ 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Roethlisberger leads the Steelers club in 70 separate regular-season and postseason franchise records.
In 2004, he won the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, and in 2007, he was selected for the first time for the Pro Bowl. In 2006, he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 21–10 victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, becoming him the NFL’s youngest ever Super Bowl-winning quarterback. After delivering a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds remaining in the game, Ben Roethlisberger led the Pittsburgh Steelers to their second Super Bowl triumph in four seasons in Super Bowl XLIII. In Super Bowl XLV, he played in his third Super Bowl, but the club lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 31–25.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one of the best ever. When it comes to NFL career throwing yards, he is fifth, 12th, and tied for 9th among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 career attempts, respectively. He is also tied for 12th in completion percentage among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 career attempts. As a starter, he has the fourth-highest winning percentage (.710) among quarterbacks with at least 100 starts in the regular season. Only six quarterbacks in NFL history have defeated all 32 current NFL clubs.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has long been likened to John Elway, and he wears the number 7 in honor of the Denver Broncos quarterback.