Ben Roethlisberger, the superstar quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is considering retirement after 13 seasons in the NFL. On Pittsburgh's local radio show "The Cook and Poni Show" Big Ben said, "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, if there's going to be a next season." A lot of cliche older quarterback going into the offseason talk from Roethlisberger, but " if there's going to be a next season", is what people are going to hold on from that statement. There's no doubt Ben Roethlisberger has taken a beating over the course of his 13 year career. No one has come close to being sacked quite as much as Ben since entering the league in 2004, Ben has been sacked 505 times, the next closest is Phillip Rivers at 383, not even close. Out of his 13 seasons in the league, only three times Ben was able to play all 16 games, so we know he's battling injuries almost every single year. I can only imagine what Big Ben feels like when he wakes up in the morning these days, he probably doesn't enjoy feeling 65 at 34 years old. With all that being said, I still give Big Ben retiring a 0% chance of happening.
Big Ben despite the beating he has taken is still a top 5 QB in this league without a doubt, he can still compete for championships, and he definitley still wants too. His team might not feel the same urgency to do so as him though, he saw it all season long, and has spoken out about throughout the course of the season. Early in the year when players were dropping with injuries left and right, Ben spoke out about the practice conditions and the way they were practicing. Just last week when Antonio Brown and the Facebook Live drama went down, Big Ben questioned his maturity. Finally, to top it all off, he took a shot at the younger players on the roster saying the moment may have been too big. Ben is clearly not happy with what's going on in Pittsburgh, so to solve it he's going to make the front office panic a little bit, so they can really commit to pushing for another championship run. Don't worry Steelers fans Big Ben will be playing in 2017, but this is a wake up call that he isn't going to be around for much longer. Time to start looking for the next guy in Pittsburgh regardless of what Big Ben's plans are.