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Ben Roethlisberger feels arm strength improved following surgery

Ben Roethlisberger is entering his 17th season and coming off a campaign in which a shoulder injury limited him to only two games. The 38-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller nevertheless believes he’s got good few years left in him before his NFL career comes to an end.

After signing a two-year, $68 million contract extension in April, Roethliberger sat out the rest of 2019 due to an elbow injury that required season-ending surgery. It was a disappointing setback for Roethlisberger, but his rehab and recovery went remarkably well, according to Steelers brass and the veteran quarterback himself.

So good, in fact, that the veteran quarterback is brimming with confidence heading into the 2020 NFL season. Roethlisberger’s optimism stems in large part by how he feels his arm strength has improved following last year’s surgery.

“One of the practices, I think last week, I wasn’t able to step into it and I threw a go-ball down the left sideline,” Roethlisberger told reporters during a Thursday Zoom call, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “And it felt like when it came off my hand, I was gonna be short and it ended up making it there in stride. So I was pleasantly surprised with how my arm strength has come back. Maybe even a little better than it was before.”

It goes without saying that Roethlisberger endured a grueling rehabilitation process, but the hard work paid off. There were consequences in Roethlisberger’s personal life, however. Big Ben’s wife Ashley revealed this week that the trying recovery process put a strain on their marriage.

Dscussing his short- and long-term future in football this week, Roethlisberger appeared confident about a return to form, but conceded his family will play a large role on how long he continues to play.

“To me, [what’s] the best part of the book and any movie? [It’s] the end,” Roethlisberger said, per Yahoo Sports. “No one comes to a movie to watch the beginning and middle of it, they want to see what happens at the end. And honestly, since we’re just speaking about football, to me it’s about life and it’s about family, that’s always going to be my priority. But when it comes to my football story, I just feel like there’s a few more chapters left, and I hope they’re the best ones I’ve been able to write.”

A healthy and happy Roethlisberger and his Steelers teammates open their season on Sept. 14 with a Week 1 game against the New York Giants.