There were reports that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could ask the team to explore trade options this season. Roethlisberger has come out and said that he doesn’t want to be traded and even said he’d retire before going to another team.
“I’d retire before I’d accept a trade,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I mean, it would have to be something really, really unbelievable for me to even consider it. I have talked to my wife about that. I don’t want to be anywhere else. This is where we want to be.”
Still, the rumors persist and Roethlisberger is tired of it.
“I’m tired of it,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. “It upsets me. I have no idea where it came from, and I wish I could find out where it came from because it’s so stinking upsetting. It just fires me up. Where do people make this stuff up from? It’s unbelievable.”
Roethlisberger admitted that he was frustrated with the season, but that frustration isn’t directed at any one player or coach.
“Of course I’m frustrated. We all should be frustrated. The fans are frustrated. You’re frustrated because of your record, not because of any individual or any coach. I’m frustrated at myself because I’m not playing well,” Roethlisberger said.