The announcement that Ben Roethlisberger will return for a 14th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers should have surprised no one, given that the Steelers just previously gave all-world wide receiver Antonio Brown a huge new deal, something that in all probability would not have happened had they suspected that Roethlisberger would not be available to sling pigskins to Brown.
Big Ben had hinted that the 2016 – 2017 season could have been his last, but that may have been out of a sense of frustration over the Steelers’ loss to eventual Super Bowl champs New England Patriots in the AFC title game.
Roethlisberger took the route du jour to make his decision to return known, Twitter, telling his followers, “Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best!”
After 13 seasons, some of which have featured his being hampered by all levels of injuries, due in large part to his propensity to hold onto the ball and extend plays that made the veteran all too susceptible to big hits from the opposing defense, Roethlisberger took some time to consider his decision, but the tip that he would be back for at least one more pursuit of NFL glory was obviously the mega-bucks contract extension handed to Brown not long ago.