Steelers legend Ben Roethlisberger ‘honored that at least someone still wanted him at quarterback’ in 2022


2021 Pittsburgh Steelers It was a roller coaster ride that ended with the Black and Gold playoffs going 9-7-1. Ben RoethlisbergerLate in the season, he quietly announced the home game against Cleveland Browns It would be his last game at Heinz Stadium And they found a way to win his last home game. He engineered another great drive to put the Steelers into the playoffs a week later vs Baltimore Crows in overtime.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger makes his exit from Heinz Field for the last time in his career.

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The Steelers have shown off before Kansas City Chiefs In the first round of the playoffs and the five-year waiting period for the Hall of Fame began for the franchise record holder in nearly every passing category. Roethlisberger walked off the field into retirement quietly without much fanfare, excused from Steelers fans in ending his career in another uniform like many quarterbacks in NFL history. It was important for Steeler to retire for him and his fan base.

Steelers Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers Ben Roethlisberger

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During episode 13 of his series Futbahlen with Ben RoethlisbergerAnd the He spent nearly the first half of the entire podcast discussing his family with the co-host Spencer Teo And the weekend for his eldest son’s birthday Benjamin Roethlisberger who was 10 years old. he said last week Bob Bombini He certainly wasn’t interested in being a coach or an analyst That his family was very important, and there is no doubt that this is true. Roethlisberger isn’t interested in either of those jobs, but based on this week’s episode, he may have wanted a different job with the organization for another season.

“It’s going to be six-on-six, and[Benjamin]said we want you to be the all-time quarterback for both teams,” Roethlisberger revealed of his son’s birthday activity on Saturday. “I felt proud that someone wanted me to be a quarterback. I’m just saying.”

The comment could be interpreted as wishful thinking and could be by the legendary quarterback. However, the podcast was filmed Sunday night while the wounds from the Bengals’ 37-30 loss were fresh and the look on his face seemed to be one of frustration. Roethlisberger had to significantly restructure his contract to play in 2021, and it was no secret that the national media, Kevin Colbert And the Canada died I didn’t want to see him take shots in Pittsburgh anymore.

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PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 20: Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Accresor Stadium on November 20, 2022, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Art Rooney II appeared to step in on his behalf with a restructured contract last season, but it was no secret that the team was done with a future Hall of Famer. At 3-7 and Pittsburgh is a mess, it’s worth asking what exactly was the rush to get rid of the iconic Steelers quarterback if the intent was to recruit Kenny Beckett And sit behind him Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky has been elected team captain and is by all reports a model teammate, but what will Pickett learn from him about playing the position?

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The Steelers’ Kenny Pickett (No. 8) prepares to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. | Photo credit: Abigail Dean/Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger played 2021 at a reduced rate and if they feel drafting Pickett was the right move, why not ask him to play one more season and mentor the rookie? The Steelers fell to 2-4 in one game under Trubisky and Pickett. Last season the team was 6-2. It was a national talking point that Roethlisberger could no longer win penalties or put up big numbers, but he led the league in fourth quarter comebacks and the team fit in. He also knows how to win and that’s a lesson Beckett needs to learn.

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Mike Tomlin He made it no secret that he wanted a mobile quarterback, at 3-7 you have to wonder if he would trade a move with the veteran quarterback at this point. Tomlin is staring down the barrel of a disastrous result and at this point would he prefer the old No. 7 to be under center in November? Tomlin is often hailed by people who don’t keep a close eye on the team as a football guru. It’s always the same, “You’d think he was genius if it worked metaphorically.” How many calls have to fail before people outside of Pittsburgh realize you don’t benefit from the suspicion when it counts a thousand times?

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 23: George Pickens #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Image credit: Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

The Steelers could be bad or worse with Roethlisberger at the helm, however Deontay Johnson He wouldn’t have battled a creative signal caller in the first half of a Jets game. George Pickens He may be in contention for AFC Player of the Year and the Steelers may be in contention. Pittsburgh’s offense is going to be very different in 2022 and at this point, it’s really hard to see the downside to that.

What’s your opinion Stellar Nation? Should Big Ben have played another year? Comment below or on my own Twitter @thebubbasq.


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