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Steel City legend Ben Roethlisberger announces his retirement after 18 seasons

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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.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks to pass the football against the Minnesota Vikings
Ben Roethlisberger looks to pass the football against the Minnesota Vikings (Getty Images)

“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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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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