Ben Roethlisberger dropped a bomb this morning on a radio interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
Roethlisberger told the station that he won’t commit to playing next season and may end up just hanging it up after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Ben Roethlisberger on @937theFan won't commit that he will play next season. Implies he's open to retirement.
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) January 24, 2017
While he is only 34 and still playing at a competitive level, his numbers this season were very much in line with his career averages.
Part of the reasoning may be health related. Roethlisberger has not played a complete season since 2014. It’s either that, or he simply does not have it in him anymore. After all, most QB’s start to decline once they hit 35 and he will turn 35 in March.
After losing to the Patriots in the AFCCG, Roethlisberger was very critical of his teammates saying that the moment “may have been too big for them”. Even if that statement was true, as a leader of the team, you don’t call them out saying that.
I certainly don’t think the distractions leading up to the Patriots game had anything to do with the Steelers underperforming, they simply just got out played by a superior team. Perhaps Ben is just realizing that he won’t be able to get through New England the rest of his career…