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Big Ben Hinting At Retirement?

Big Ben Hinting At Retirement?

BY Kevin Krest


Is Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just frustrated and banged up after his team’s loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game, or is there more afoot here?

Big Ben recently stated that he was going to reflect on this past season and ponder the next one, if there was one. Given the amount of punishment Roethlisberger has endured over the course of his thirteen-year career, it’s not inconceivable that he could be pondering retirement.

In an interview that I conducted with Leigh Steinberg earlier this week, he laid out a very grim picture of the damage repeated hits to the head inflict. With three young children, probably a pretty secure financial situation and his still moderately good health, is there really any reason for the two-time Super Bowl champ to return for more physical punishment? Only he knows the answer to that question, but it really wouldn’t surprise me if Big Ben decided to hang it up. In a recent article in “Sports Illustrated”, Roethlisberger was portrayed as someone who tolerated more than sought the spotlight.

If his competitive drive has been diminished, what else does he need to prove? His resume is probably already worthy of consideration for the Hall of Fame. Is the preparation necessary to get ready for another grueling 16 game season worth placing himself at risk for serious personal injury?


[Photo: Patrick Smith / Getty Images]



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Big Ben Hinting At Retirement?

Big Ben Hinting At Retirement?


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