After the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, did Ben Roethlisberger officially announce his retirement?
The Pittsburgh Steelers found a way to make it to the playoffs with their win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 18 and with a bit of help. That meant the team’s Wild Card Game against the Kansas City Chiefs could be the last for longtime Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Despite taking an early lead in the second quarter, the Chiefs steamrolled the Steelers for the 42-21 victory.
After the game, Roethlisberger reflected on this season with the Steelers. However, he did not officially announce that he was calling it a career.
"“It’s tough, but I’m proud to play with these guys,” Roethlisberger said, via CBS Sports. “God has blessed me with the ability to throw a football and has blessed me to play in the greatest city, in Pittsburgh, with the greatest fans and the greatest football team and players. It has just truly been a blessing. I’m so thankful to him for giving me this opportunity.”"
Ben Roethlisberger has not officially retired just yet
All Steelers and NFL fans can really do is wait for Roetlisberger to make an official announcement regarding his future. When that will arrive, remains to be seen.
In the Wild Card game, Roethlisberger had far from the perfect game, especially in the first half. But overall, the veteran completed 29-of-44 pass attempts for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Now, his 18th NFL season is in the books.
Overall, Roethlisberger threw for 64,088 yards, 418 touchdowns and 211 interceptions while completing 64.4-percent of his passes.
Whatever the case may be, the Steelers are entering this offseason preparing to replace the 2004 first-round pick. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the team plans on going into the 2022 season with Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins and a top draft pick available at quarterback.