A legendary career for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has officially come to a close. On Thursday, the longtime signal-caller announced his decision to retire in a touching video, just weeks after the Steelers were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs.
There is no question Roethlisberger will be in the Hall of Fame, and his name is all over the record books in Pittsburgh — even surpassing Terry Bradshaw’s impressive accomplishments. Roethlisberger’s accolades are outstanding, and he received a sendoff from former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher after making the announcement.
Ben Roethlisberger ends his Steelers career on top of the charts, even above Terry Bradshaw
Roethlisberger’s accolades are way ahead of the second-most in franchise history. Of course, comparing eras is tough to do, but Roethlisberger had nothing but success in his time in Pittsburgh.
Two Super Bowls, six Pro Bowls, two-time passing yards leader, and the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 are just a few of Roethlisberger’s accomplishments. As good as Bradshaw was during his time, Roethlisberger eclipsed him — and even got acknowledged by Bradshaw as the best QB in franchise history.
That’s high praise from the man himself, and Mike Tomlin also spoke about Roethlisberger following the playoff exit. No. 7 should be retired at Heinz Field, and his gold jacket should be getting sized right now for Canton.
Former Steelers HC Bill Cowher gives No. 7 the ultimate hat tip
Cowher spent just three seasons with Roethlisberger, but he learned a lot about the Steelers QB in that time. Cowher’s parting message to Big Ben is full of touching words, and there is no denying just how much No. 7 means to the franchise and the city of Pittsburgh.
The two developed quite the relationship in a short time together, and they won a Super Bowl in 2006. When Cowher got elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, guess who was the first one to send him a message?
Yes, it was Roethlisberger.
Now, Roethlisberger hangs up the cleats, and Cowher delivers a touching parting message to him. Pretty soon, both will be together in Canton at the Hall of Fame.
Ben Roethlisberger should be a first-ballot choice at the Hall of Fame
This shouldn’t even be a conversation. After 18 years — all of them in Pittsburgh — Roethlisberger called it a career and needs to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
As the 2021 season reached the final stretch, all signs pointed to Roethlisberger retiring at the end. Then, the Steelers earned a trip to the playoffs, and Roethlisberger’s career extended just a little bit.
Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs put an end to the Steelers’ season, although the Kansas City superstar dished out some massive respect for Roethlisberger.
Nonetheless, there is no secret that Roethlisberger’s career will stand the test of time, and even with star players leaving Pittsburgh time and time again, he kept the team competitive and in the race for the AFC North seemingly every season.
Big Ben finished his career with 63,844 yards and 417 touchdowns, good for the top 10 in NFL history. A pair of Super Bowl rings also helps his case, but either way, Roethlisberger should be a first-ballot choice once he becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame.
It’s a legendary career for No. 7, whose name should stand on top of the Steelers record books for a long time.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference