By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has announced his retirement on Thursday. He spent 18 seasons with the team.
He never had a losing record during his entire career. This news was expected the last several weeks.
“The journey has been exhilarating, fueled by a spirit of competition,” Roethlisberger said. “Yet the time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children. I retire from football a truly grateful man.”
As a starter, Roethlisberger went 165-81-1 in 247 starts. Roethlisberger has gone 5,440 of 8,443 for 64,088 yards. He had thrown 418 touchdown passes and 211 interceptions.
“I’ve been here a long time, and it’s been a lot of fun,” Roethlisberger said after his final game, a wild-card game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. “God has blessed me. We joke a lot about the Browns and going in there, but it was meant to be that I was going to wear black and gold. Draft day I had a black suit with a gold tie. I’m just so thankful.
“I hope that I’m able to pass the legacy of what it is to be a Steeler from Dan Rooney. … So hopefully I can pass some of that on to some of the guys that can continue the tradition of what it means to be a Steeler and get passed down.”
Roethlisberger retires as the fifth all-time passing leader. While he is fifth on the all-time passing list, he owns numerous Steelers records.
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