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Prayer led Ben Roethlisberger to realize he had something ‘left in the tank’

Ben Roethlisberger, after consecutive offseasons that included contemplating retirement, said earlier this month he plans “on playing for three to five more years.” The Pittsburgh Steelers longtime quarterback on Tuesday revealed the process that led him to a change of heart.

“Being excited about the group we have, the linemen in particular in front of me,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday at Steelers OTAs, via ESPN. “I’m healthy, and just lots of prayers and spending time with family. I’m still going to take it one year at a time but just feeling like what you have left in the tank.”

There has been speculation that Big Ben’s newfound desire to continue his career may have been inspired by external forces involving one specific move by the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason: The selection of his heir apparent, Mason Rudolph, in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Roethlisberger, typically as media savvy as they come,  made some interesting remarks after the Steelers drafted Rudolph, but has since attempted to walk back some of his more critical comments, up to and including Tuesday, when he said he’ll help the rookie acclimate to the NFL.

All that aside, it would certainly appear the 36-year-old signal-caller has rediscovered a love for the game despite his previous flirtations with retirement.

“It was good to be back out here, be with the guys,” Roethlisberger said. “Have some fun with guys that you haven’t been around in a while and see some new guys and get rained on a little bit. … To laugh, smile and throw the football around is always fun.”