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Mike Tomlin ‘not alarmed’ by Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement talk

Ben Roethlisberger dropped a major bombshell Tuesday by refusing to commit to playing next season. While the 34-year-old quarterback’s hint at potential retirement may have been shocking to some, it didn’t impact Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the same way.

Tomlin’s thoughts on the topic via a series of tweets from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger obviously has enjoyed a Hall of Fame-caliber career, winning two Super Bowls while experiencing countless accolades. At the same time, while still more than capable of performing at an elite level, Roethlisberger has endured a punishing career with countless injuries, each one providing an opportunity to prove yet again his renowned toughness and remarkably quick healing ability.

With all that in mind, it’s not surprising Big Ben is thinking about the end of his NFL career. While his comments Tuesday hinted that in all likelihood he’ll return for the 2017 NFL season, contemplating retirement is understandable for Roethlisberger.

It also makes sense for Tomlin to point out that the Steelers better start preparing for the post-Roethlisberger era sooner rather than later.

Tomlin nevertheless seems to understand that while Roethlisberger’s retirement is inevitable, anything the veteran signal-caller says in the days following a heartbreaking playoff loss needs to be put in its proper perspective.

[Pro Football Talk]