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Friday, February 22, 2019

Ben Roethlisberger once again leaves open possibility of retirement

Ben Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers could be playing their last home game of the season when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and Ben Roethlisberger isn’t ruling out that it could be his last showing ever at Heinz Field.

Around this time a year ago, Roethlisberger refused to commit to playing in 2017 and said he was going to discuss his health and future with his family. On Wednesday, a reporter essentially asked the 35-year-old quarterback if he will contemplate retirement once again this offseason. He stopped well short of guaranteeing that he will be back next season.

Roethlisberger has played through a number of injuries and has openly expressed concern about concussions, so it’s no surprise he won’t make any promises. He was also irritated earlier in the season when his commitment was questioned after he made some negative comments about himself.

Big Ben threw for 4,251 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, so he is clearly still capable of playing at a high level. Whether or not he wants to will once again be a big question in Pittsburgh when the Steelers’ season ends.

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