The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback stated Thursday that he doesn't speak in definites and guarantees. Looking at the bigger picture, all signs point to this being it. Even though it is a regular season, I believe we have the potential to get to the playoffs if we manage to take care of business. In the grand scheme, however, all signs point to this being it in terms of regular season.
Although most people expected Big Ben to be retiring after the season, his comments on Thursday are the first public indication that he will step down. He had earlier indicated that he would talk about his retirement after the season.
Roethlisberger did not say if he would retire, but he said he is focusing on Monday's matchup with the Steelers 7-7-1 Steelers in an effort to ensure a winning season. Pittsburgh is still alive to qualify for the playoffs, but will need some help.
He said, "I'll address that at some point down in the future." "But, like I said before, my focus is on winning this game. It will be my last regular season game here and it will be one of the most important games in my career. It's been a privilege to play in front the most passionate fans of all sports at the finest venue. What better way to end the regular season than Monday Night Football against a division rival? It's something special. The long answer is that I had a lot of focus for this year and for this game. That's it.
The Steelers have had an average of.500 in 18 years of Roethlisberger seasons.
Big Ben's 91 victories at Heinz Field is 82 more than that of Kordell Stewart (9) since 2001 when the stadium was opened. His 163 Steelers career wins are fifth in all-time history, the fifth-most since at least 1950. Only Tom Brady (219), has more Steelers victories than Roethlisberger. He is fourth in NFL history with the most home wins, having won 91-32 games at home.
Roethlisberger is Steelers' all time leader in QB wins (163) and home wins (91) as well as pass TDs (416).
Since 2004, the future Hall of Famer has been the face of this franchise. The Steelers won 13 playoff games under Roethlisberger and have also won two Super Bowls. Only four quarterbacks have ever won more Lombardi Trophies in NFL history than Big Ben, which includes Terry Bradshaw (Steelers HOFer) (4).