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Ben Roethlisberger avoids retirement talk, wants to enjoy the ride

Ben Roethlisberger made major headlines last offseason by openly and candidly contemplating retirement. But with only two victories separating the Pittsburgh Steelers from another Super Bowl appearance, Big Ben is avoiding retirement talk for now and instead is opting to enjoy the ride.

The playoff game at Heinz Field in the divisional round on Sunday, Jan. 14 will mark Roethlisberger’s 21st postseason game and 10th playoff berth during his remarkable career with the Steelers. That said, it’s been nine seasons since the Steelers won it all, as the organization last hoisted the Lombardi Trophy by beating the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

“I know I still get excited. I think you can afford to get excited,” Roethlisberger said, via ESPN. “You should never take these moments for granted. I remember hearing that my first year here by some of the veteran guys that hadn’t been there in a while. ‘Don’t take it for granted, embrace it,’ all that stuff.”

“I don’t know that you fully appreciate it, then you go back the next year, and I’ve had the opportunity to go. But like I said, the ultimate goal is the Super Bowl and it’s been a while since I’ve gotten one of those, so that’s motivating.”

Roethlisberger recently admitted he hopes to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round so he can atone for his five-interception performance in a brutal loss earlier this season. But Roethlisberger nevertheless is keeping his eye on the ultimate prize, saying the “ultimate goal is obviously the Super Bowl.”

When asked if winning Super Bowl LII would make it easier to ride off into the sunset, Roethlisberger set aside such thoughts for now.

“Well, we have a long way to go before we win a Super Bowl. I’m just focusing on the first game,” Roethlisberger said.