NFL fans could be in for a memorable evening on Monday as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could be playing his final home game for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Much has been speculated about Roethlisberger's retirement at the end of the season. The 39-year-old star could bid the Heinz Field adieu when the Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns, especially if they fail to squeeze into the NFL Playoffs.
Despite getting slowed down by injuries and Father Time in recent years, Roethlisberger has repeatedly staved off retirement. But with his latest remarks, it feels like the two-time Super Bowl champion and 18-year veteran had made peace with his immediate future (via Pro Football Talk).
“I don’t ever speak in definites or guarantees, that’s just not what I’ve ever done or who I am. But looking at the bigger picture, I would say that all signs are pointing to this could be it. Regular season, that is. I know we still have a chance to potentially get a playoff game there if things fall our way and we take care of business and things have to happen. But in the grand scheme of things, in terms of regular season, signs are pointing that way, this could be it.”
While Roethlisberger may just be delaying what's already a foregone conclusion, he's still focused on the task at hand for the Steelers are gunning for at least a Wild Card spot.
“I’ll address the definite answer for that at some point down the road. But like I said, my focus is winning this game. If it is indeed my last regular-season game here, it’s going to be one of the most important games of my career.”
The Steelers are 7-7 with only two games left.