Ben Roethlisberger Retires After 18 Years

Erin Stanley, Reporter


Ben Roethlisberger was the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2021. Within those 18-years he led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, eight AFC North championships, and they became the first team to win six super bowls.  After the 2021 season, his contract was up and he gratuitously decided against renewal. There was no point to renew his contract or start a new one with another team. Through all of Roethlisberger’s years playing with the Steelers, he has made history by never having a losing season. 


This QB started out at the University of Miami where he was picked up in the first round of the NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004. He has had endless support through his years leading the team and his fans showed how much they cared at his final home games. Roethlisberger said after the game, “This is home… These fans and this place, it means so much to me and my family, and always will.” 


Roethlisberger had an outstanding career with the Steelers and will most likely retire from the NFL. 18 years was more than enough. There are others who have played for 20 or more like Jerry Rice, Brett Favre and John Kasay. When you think about it, they have all played for almost a quarter of a decade. That is a lot of football and time. He will always be remembered and his legacy with the Steelers will live on.


 There has been talk about who they will replace the famous QB with. The Steelers have talked about Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks to replace Ben with and there has been mention about Russell’s last game with the Seahawks being very soon. Another option that the Steelers have looked at is Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers. There are still many decisions to be made on the topic but there will be an answer soon. Congratulations to Roethlisberger on an amazing career!