Ben Roethlisberger: Super Bowl win wouldn’t mean retirement
Ben Roethlisberger would love to go out on top with a third Super Bowl championship, but the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback recently indicated that hoisting the Lombardi Trophy next February will have no bearing on his NFL future.
Roethlisberger signed a two-year extension in April worth $68 million, a deal that will keep him under contract with the Steelers through the 2021 season. After openly contemplating retirement during several recent offseasons, it sounds like Big Ben is committed to at least honoring his current contract at the very least.
During an appearance on SiriusXM Thursday, Roethlisberger reflected on the notion of closing out his career with a Super Bowl win, much like John Elway did with the Denver Broncos.
“Obviously I want to win a Super Bowl. It’s crazy to think it’s been 10 years,” he said, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “It makes you appreciate how hard it is to actually do it. It makes you appreciate what [Tom] Brady’s done. I mean, it’s just crazy. The goal is to bring another Lombardi back here to this city. That’s kind of what I always thought, ‘you win one, he’s going to walk out.’
“Obviously that’s the way you want to go,” he added, “but if you still feel like you’ve got something left in the tank, you can’t give it up too early.”
The Steelers have navigated a tumultuous offseason that was preceded by a rocky 2018 season that ended in disappointment with missing out on the postseason. The departures of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have rid the team of perceived disruptive headaches, and the belief is the Steelers will embark upon its 2019 campaign with much less drama and more locker room harmony.
Whether the Steelers will capitalize on a newfound sense of unity remains to be seen, but it’s clear Roethlisberger hopes to be with the team for longer that just next season, regardless of how it ends.