Call the Whambulance: Ben Roethlisberger Says He Contemplated Retirement

Ben Roethlisberger has already won two Super Bowl championships.  At age 28, he’s in the prime years of his career and has a great opportunity to accomplish a lot more before he hangs it up.  Yet somehow, Roethlisberger has already contemplated retiring from the game of football.  No, seriously.  He said that.

There was a time when I was going through all this that I contemplated not playing anymore.  I didn’t want to be Big Ben anymore.  And I know that’s what goes along with being No. 7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Roethlisberger said on NFL Live.  “So part of me, I can admit didn’t want to play anymore.  And go coach or do something else.”

Waaaaaah.  Waaaaaah.  So you were involved in a sexual assault scandal and it resulted in people making some cruel t-shirts about you.  Life goes on.  I’m not trying to downplay the difficulties Roethlisberger must have faced while he was suspended and dealing with people not believing anything he said.  It’s tough, but you don’t run from something like that.  You prove you’re a changed person and come back and start over.

Maybe he’s telling the truth, but personally I don’t buy it.  I think Big Ben (yes I enjoy calling him Big Ben even more now) is just being over-dramatic in trying to prove he’s learned his lesson.  He knows he’s 28 and he knows there’s still plenty of people in Pittsburgh who think he’s royalty.  If nothing else, I suppose I’ll give him an A+ for effort in the “proving you’re a changed man” category.

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Wow, did he really go third person on us there? I didn’t realize it took so much to live up to the whole “Big Ben” persona.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Just another PR event in an attempt to not isolate himself from fans. I haven’t seen the interview but I’m guessing it went better than Tiger’s speech…?

  • Anonymous

    After seeing Big Ben’s enthusiasm during their games, I do not believe for one minute that he is going to retire. The rumors and scandals will fade away, and he has all ready won 2 Super Bowls at the age of 28. It is possible he may go on to tie or break Terry Bradshaw’s 4 Super Bowl wins, and at this stage and station in Ben’s life it would be one of the hugest tradgedies in sports if he were to retire. Moreover, we are at 3 & 1 after his 4 game suspension ( A TESTAMENT TO THE DEFENSE THAT HAS BEEN LACING THE LAST 2 YEARS IS NOW BACK), with a bye this week for him to practice this week, and if he comes back strong against Clevelland another Super Bowl win is not out of the question this year. Also, while I am a huge Bradshaw fan–he is the reason I became a Steeler’s fan–Iafter the way he has been dogging the kid, I hope Ben goes on to surpass his 4 Super Bowl wins: Terry was not there, been was not arrested, charged, indicted, or convicted of anything; and, Terry should cut the kid a break. The onlt thing Ben is guilty of is poor judgement, and hopefully he has learned his lesson. DON”T GIVE UP BEN! AND GO STEELER’S!!!

  • Anonymous

    Please Pardon my typos in my comments above, but something is wrong with this site: it would not allow me to edyt my comments as it is supposed to do

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZXOYSUC7NPIHRBJTGWOBA7C3Q Cookie

    Lots of people who are in tough situations with their jobs think momentarily about retirement or walking away from it. It isnt a stretch to think that this thought must have run through his mind. And he is doing just what you suggested, coming back stronger and overcoming his past. So why the big beef with Ben? Yeah, he got a big ego and got carried away with it; let’s see how he behaves from here on. Just get back to work, Ben. Every hypocrite out there will forget about what happened if you help the team win. Winning resolves everything.

  • Anonymous

    Cookie, I love how the first half of your comment seems to be an argument in favor of morals and giving him a second chance. Saying things like he’s “overcoming his past.” That’s all fine, but you kind of ruined it there with the “winning resolves everything.” Really? You don’t see anything wrong with that statement?

  • Anonymous

    steeler nation is behind you Ben..do not think of retirement you have to many more records to set and break…hang tough and gooooo steelers!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrogerslemke Mary Rogers Lemke

    Big Ben has alot more to think about than just old sex scandals. One thing is the concussions he has had.  A second thing is that his predecessors who have had great QB publicity have had losey famly lives, such as divorce and even OJ’s story. He’d be crazy not to start thinking about retirement. He needs to be prepared for the consequences of a poor season or more injuries. Most 28 year olds have not begun to see life as Ben has and most never will. Beginning to talk about retirement is reality. Maybe we fans need to be more realistic like Ben..