Roethlisberger, 35, told the Post-Gazette Friday that retirement remains an option for him after this season and that his wife would like to see him give up football. (July 2017)
Ben Roethlisberger has not been shy about his consideration of retirement at the end of the season.
“I’m gonna 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 — if there’s gonna be a next season, I think at [this] point in my career, at my age, that’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year.”
“I don’t think so, but maybe I am. Maybe I don’t have it anymore. I’m not playing well enough.”
Hello Ben, Ryan here, I know you don’t know me and I don’t really know you outside of your game on the football field, and alleged sexual assault, but I just wanted to ask you a question.
Are you freaking serious right now?
Pittsburgh’s star (possibly future HOF) QB wasn’t too happy about the team drafting (now) former Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph in the 3rd round of the 2018 draft. He stated that he was “surprised” by the decision and was hoping the team would, you know, draft someone who can help them “win now”. He also added that he wasn’t going to mentor the guy and that he can have the job in “3-5 years”.
While I’m sure that would be an IDEAL situation for Pittsburgh should Roethlisberger continue to have success, he has to be out of his freaking mind if he doesn’t think the Steelers are going to prepare for a future without him sooner rather than later.
Last year the Steelers took Joshua Dobbs out of Tennessee in the 4th round, Ben didn’t seem too sassy then and it doesn’t seem like the team is too high on Dobbs since they took Rudolph this year. Although they could be planning to move on from Landry Jones too as he hasn’t exactly wowed in his flashes of in-game play (0-16 Browns don’t count).
Either way, my point is that Ben shouldn’t be salty. He’s the one who has fueled the fire for Pittsburgh to start looking for a contingency plan. The quotes above are exerts from Ben’s own statements to the media over the past year and a half, and no matter how you slice it he has said it himself that his NFL career will be evaluated year to year. If you’re Pittsburgh and can steal a possible future starter in the 3rd round, why not do it? What pressing needs were on the table for the defending AFC North champions in the 3rd round that they couldn’t get later?
We’ve let Ben get a pass for way too long but it’s pretty obvious that the guy is a diva when it comes to certain things. I get the Todd Haley aspect, most QBs would’ve been ready to walk out the door with the reported ways that Haley acts and that may have been what’s driven Ben’s retirement thoughts more than anything. Even then, if you’ve given the Steelers ammunition to possibly find your replacement, are you really going to be mad if they pull the trigger?
Shoutout to Mason Rudolph for shrugging it off though, I am intrigued to see him play once Big Ben is outta here, but I can’t shake the feeling that almost any other QB (except Brady) acting like this would get shredded to pieces. I’ve heard a few people rightfully calling Ben out but not as many as I would’ve thought (and those would be the same ones discussing Cam Newton’s “attitude” on the sidelines). Just imagine the backlash if Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson or Philip Rivers did something like this, they would be beaten over the head by sports media gasbags for weeks on end. Joe Flacco has kept his mouth shut and his team moved back up into the 1st round to draft his damn near IMMEDIATE replacement, and you know damn well he’s salty about that.
Whatever, my point is that Ben shouldn’t whine that his team finally did what he’s been begging them to do for almost two full seasons now: find his replacement. They did it, he’s salty, and if he goes down with some random injury in Week 8 he better pray he doesn’t get Romo’d.