Report: Ben Roethlisberger plans to return for 18th season
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is showing no signs of slowing down and will still commit to playing for the team as he heads to his 18th campaign next season, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Despite his body taking a physical toll on the field, the 38-year-old playmaker is still looking to honor the final year remaining on his current contract and will stay with the Steelers for the 2021 NFL season, barring a change of plans.
Roethlisberger could only watch from the sidelines last season as he was ruled out for most of their games due to an elbow injury. The Steelers eventually rotated their backup gunslingers at the starting quarterback position in lieu of Roethlisberger’s absence. Even after a strong finish to their campaign last season, the team still came up short of a playoff spot and concluded with an 8-8 record instead.
A season later, the Steelers managed to find their old dominant selves once again as their veteran playmaker is now in the pink of health despite playing at an advanced age. He led the turnaround for the team who is now sitting atop the stacked AFC North division with an 11-2 record.
After being drafted in 2004, Roethlisberger managed to stay with the Pittsburgh-based squad all throughout his career and snagged the 2004 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, six Pro Bowl appearances, and two Super Bowl titles.
Ben Roethlisberger is looking to have another run for his third ring before ultimately deciding whether or not to hang his cleats for good and leave the league after a decorated 18-year playing career.