Veteran NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed the majority of the 2019 NFL season with an elbow injury. Many expected the aging Super Bowl winner to hang his boots up for good, considering he was on the wrong side of 35 in the build-up to last season. However, Big Ben returned with a bang.
Along with some support from his defensive teammates, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to an unprecedented 11-0 record in 2020. They finished the regular season as AFC North champions with a 12-4 record.
They suffered a shock defeat in the Wild Card Round to divisional rivals, Cleveland Browns. Despite a disappointing end to a promising campaign, Roethlisberger insisted he wanted to play at least another season with his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. Just 3 days after turning 39, his wish has seemingly come true.
Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert in tandem with HC Mike Tomlin has agreed upon a 1-year extension with Ben Roethlisberger.
The details of his short-term contract have not been made public yet. But one thing is for sure, the Big Ben magic will be on display for fans, at least for another year.
“We are excited we were able to come to an agreement with Ben Roethlisberger on a new contract for him to return to the Steelers in 2021. We know that Ben can still play at a high level and do special things for this team.
“Our goal remains the same — to put together a roster that will compete for another championship. We are happy that Ben will be one of our leaders to help us accomplish that goal,” Colbert said in an official statement.
Here’s what the man of the moment had to say about the gold that he just struck.
“It is my greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and give my all for this organization, I am grateful to be at this stage of my career and more than happy to adjust my contract in a way that best helps the team address other players who are so vital to our success.
“I love this game and love to compete, and I believe in this team and my ability to deliver when called upon. It all starts with great preparation and I am ready to go,” Roethlisberger concluded.
Ben finished last season with 3,803 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns. He also threw for 500+ yards in the playoff loss to the Browns.
He is hungry for more and is clearly good enough to play at the highest level. Like colleague Tom Brady, can Big Ben also end his career with a bang?