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Did Mason Rudolph reveal when Ben Roethlisberger is retiring?

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger recently gave a very vague response when he was asked if the 2021 season will be his last, but the quarterback’s backup may have offered a strong hint about Big Ben’s retirement plans on Tuesday.

Mason Rudolph told reporters that he wants to be a starting quarterback in the NFL next season. He said he is hoping to accomplish that goal with the Steelers.

“That’s my goal, to be a starting quarterback in this league, and for my team,” Rudolph said, via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.

It goes without saying that Rudolph wants to be a starter sooner rather than later. Pryor also noted that he is the only quarterback on the Steelers’ roster who is currently under contract through 2022. But would Rudolph make a comment like that if Roethlisberger’s plans were truly up in the air?

We would not be surprised if Roethlisberger has informed the Steelers that 2021 will be his last season. He already admitted he is going to treat it as such, and he openly contemplated retirement years ago.

While Roethlisberger proved in 2020 that he is still capable of playing at a high level, he may be getting very close to the end of his career.

Mason Rudolph working on 1-year contract extension with Steelers

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph is going to be back with the Pittsburgh Steelers for even longer.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Rudolph is close to a 1-year contract extension with the Steelers.

Rudolph was drafted in the third round by the Steelers in 2018 and signed a 4-year rookie deal. The 1-year extension would get him under contract with Pittsburgh for a total of five seasons (2018-2022).

Rudolph, 25, saw significant action for the Steelers in 2019 when Ben Roethlisberger was hurt. He passed for 1,765 yards and 13 touchdowns that season. The team went 5-3 in the eight games he started.

Rudolph is the primary backup behind Big Ben, though Josh Dobbs and now Dwayne Haskins are also in the mix.

Mason Rudolph goes Instagram official with girlfriend Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

There have been rumblings for months that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph is dating tennis star Genie Bouchard, and the two have now gone Instagram official.

Rudolph publicly acknowledged the relationship for the first time on Monday with a post about Valentine’s Day. He shared a photo on Instagram of him and Bouchard on a beach and captioned it “My Valentine.”

Bouchard was spotted at some Steelers games throughout the season and wasn’t exactly hiding the fact that she was dating Rudolph. You can see some of her previous posts that hinted at it here.

Bouchard has a great sense of humor and has always been fairly open about her dating life. She even went on a date with a fan after she lost a bet when the Patriots pulled off their miracle comeback against the Falcons in the Super Bowl. More recently, a comedian and fan made a large charitable donation to get Bouchard to agree to go out with him.

Things between Rudolph and Bouchard have obviously gotten at least somewhat serious.

Ben Roethlisberger won’t help Mason Rudolph prepare for Browns?

Ben Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers have chosen to rest Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday with very little at stake for them, leaving Mason Rudolph to start against a Cleveland Browns team looking to clinch a playoff berth. That will be a tough spot for a player with minimal experience, but apparently Rudolph shouldn’t count on Roethlisberger being of much assistance.

Michael Silver of NFL Media was discussing the highly-anticipated rematch between Rudolph and Myles Garrett when he dropped an interesting tidbit about Roethlisberger’s relationship with Rudolph. Or, should we say, lack of relationship.

“I don’t think Mason Rudolph’s gonna get a lot of help from Ben Roethlisberger in this prep,” Silver said. “I’m told they really don’t have much of a relationship, so the young player is going to have to sink or swim on his own here.”

The comment was made in passing, but it was certainly noteworthy. You can hear it near the end of the clip below:

Roethlisberger would not be the first older quarterback to have an icy relationship with his backup, assuming that is even the case. We all remember what happened with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, and there were similar rumblings when Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo played together. A lot of times the tension stems from an older player not wanting a younger player to take his job, though there’s little chance of that happening in Pittsburgh.

Rudolph will probably have a lot on his mind heading into Sunday’s game. While the game will only have a minimal impact on playoff seeding for the Steelers, Rudolph got bashed over the head with a helmet the last time he faced the Browns. We tend to doubt Roethlisberger will completely freeze him out, but you never know.

Mason Rudolph to start for Steelers, face Myles Garrett

Myles Garrett

Mason Rudolph and Myles Garrett have not shared the field together since their infamous brawl last year, but that will change on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns.

With the Steelers locked into either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the AFC, head coach Mike Tomlin has opted to rest Ben Roethlisberger for the season finale. Only the top team in each conference gets a bye this season with the expanded playoffs, and the Kansas City Chiefs have that locked up in the AFC. The Browns need to either win or get some help to reach the postseason, so they will need all hands on deck. That means Garrett will be trying everything in his power to make life difficult for Rudolph.

Rudolph was filling in for an injured Roethlisberger last year when he and Garrett got into it. Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season after he bashed Rudolph in the head with his helmet during that game. The star defensive end later claimed he became so enraged because Rudolph used a racial slur, though there is no evidence of that having happened.

Tomlin downplayed the incident before the Steelers and Browns faced off earlier this season, but the circumstances are obviously different with Rudolph starting. Still, we wouldn’t expect any fireworks. There’s simply too much at stake, and both sides would likely prefer to move on from the embarrassing incident.

Mason Rudolph’s girlfriend Genie Bouchard enjoying her offseason

Genie Bouchard

Mason Rudolph saw some action late in the second quarter of his Pittsburgh Steelers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday following a knee injury to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Rudlph went 2/3 for 3 yards, and the Steelers were able to add a field goal on his possession to make it 13-9 at halftime.

One interesting fact about Rudolph is that he is dating tennis player Genie Bouchard.

Bouchard was in Pittsburgh a month ago after the Steelers’ game against the Texans and before their game against the Eagles. Then she was in Nashville for the Steelers’ win over the Titans.

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Bouchard posted on Instagram Sunday with a one-word message about the offseason.

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Based on her Instagram Story from the night before, Bouchard was in Las Vegas. The 26-year-old tennis player is from Montreal but has residence in Las Vegas, where there is no state income tax. She has one career singles title and was ranked as high as No. 5 in the world in 2014, when she made the finals at Wimbledon and the semis at two other majors. She has mostly struggled since then, though she had a third-round showing at the French Open this year and reached the finals at the Istanbul Cup.

Mike Tomlin downplays Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph feud ahead of rematch

Myles Garrett Mason Rudolph

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns will square off on Sunday for the first time since the infamous brawl between Mason Rudolph and Myles Garrett. There will be a lot of talk about that storyline before and during the game, but Mike Tomlin insists his team is not giving it any thought.

When asked about the highly anticipated rematch on Tuesday, Tomlin reminded reporters that the Steelers are 4-0 and Browns are 4-1 in what has become a very competitive AFC North. He said the Garrett-Rudolph fight is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind.

Tomlin also praised Garrett for being a “freakish talent” and said the Steelers will have their hands full containing him.

Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season after he bashed Rudolph in the head with his helmet during a meeting between the Steelers and Browns last year. The star defensive end later claimed he became so enraged because Rudolph used a racial slur, though there is no evidence of that having happened.

Unless Ben Roethlisberger suffers an injury, Rudolph won’t even be playing in Sunday’s game. Some Steelers players may hold ill will toward Garrett over last year’s incident, but Tomlin clearly wants them to know how important the game is.

Mason Rudolph dating tennis star Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and tennis star Genie Bouchard appear to be sports’ newest power couple.

There have been rumblings recently that Rudolph and Bouchard have been getting cozy together, and those rumors heated up even more when Bouchard shared a photo on Instagram this week that showed her in Pittsburgh.

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According to TMZ, Bouchard and Rudolph are indeed dating and things have “gotten serious.” Rudolph was seen as recently as April out with “Bachelor” star Hannah Ann Sluss, but it appears he has moved on from that relationship.

Bouchard has a great sense of humor and has always been fairly open about her dating life. She even went on a date with a fan after she lost a bet when the Patriots pulled off their miracle comeback against the Falcons in the Super Bowl. More recently, a comedian and fan made a large charitable donation to get Bouchard to agree to go out with him. That must have been a one-time thing.

Rudolph, of course, made headlines last year for his infamous incident with Myles Garrett.

Mike Tomlin indicates he thinks Mason Rudolph should sue Myles Garrett

Mike Tomlin

Mike Tomlin has publicly defended Mason Rudolph against Myles Garrett’s allegation that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback called Garrett a racial slur, and Tomlin feels Rudolph should do whatever he feels is necessary to protect his reputation.

Tomlin was asked about the ongoing feud between Rudolph and Garrett on ESPN’s “First Take” Monday morning, and the Steelers coach said he “took offense” to Garrett claiming Rudolph used a racial slur when the two players got into a physical altercation last season. Tomlin then hinted that he believes Rudolph should consider suing Garrett.

In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that aired on Saturday, Garrett stood by his claim that he heard Rudolph use a racial slur and said the quarterback called him a “stupid N-word.” As he did the first time the allegation surfaced, Rudolph vehemently denied using the term and said Garrett is trying to assassinate his character. Rudolph’s lawyer then published a statement on Twitter that strongly hinted legal action will be taken.

Tomlin seemed upset with not only Garrett but also with how “Outside the Lines” covered the story. Garrett did not say Rudolph used a racial slur until he appealed his suspension in front of the NFL, which was a week after the incident. He claims he didn’t bring it up sooner because he didn’t want it to seem like he was trying to justify his actions, which included dangerously bashing Rudolph in the head with a helmet.

The NFL reportedly interviewed referees and used camera angles to investigate the claim and found no evidence that Rudolph used a racial slur. Garrett hinted in his “Outside the Lines” interview that he believes the NFL may have tried to cover up what Rudolph said, and the league has since issued a statement refuting that.

NFL issues statement in light of Myles Garrett evidence claims

Myles Garrett

The NFL took Myles Garrett’s “Outside the Lines” interview seriously enough that they’re clarifying some things about their investigation.

Garrett gave an extensive interview with the program and stated that he’d heard Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph call him a “stupid N-word,” which led to Garrett striking Rudolph with his helmet in the dying moments of Nov. 14’s Browns-Steelers game. At one point in the interview, Garrett questioned whether the NFL “wants to acknowledge” that it happened despite the league finding no evidence to support Garrett’s claims, which many saw as Garrett suggesting the NFL was covering something up.

On Saturday, the league issued a statement in response to the interview, reaffirming that no one on the field heard Rudolph use the alleged slur and explaining why no microphones would have picked it up even if he had.

Garrett waited a while to make the allegation publicly, though he reportedly did so immediately after the game in private. Rudolph has consistently denied the allegation and has been backed by his team. The NFL seems to have acted based on what evidence they had available, and the evidence simply did not back Garrett.