Ben Roethlisberger decided to ride off into the sunset last season after a brutal final game in the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook, Roethlisberger said he was under pressure to retire from then Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert the year before last. He also added that head coach Mike Tomlin was “a little ready” to move on as well, but “he was OK” with Big Ben coming back.
“It was mostly Kevin. He was ready to move on. I think Mike was a little ready to move on, but I think he was OK with me coming back. I think Mr. Rooney really wanted me to come back last year to play.”
Despite being retired, Big Ben still thinks he has something left in the tank. Ahead of training camp, the future Hall of Fame quarterback said he believes he could still play if he had to.
Roethlisberger finished the 2021 season with 3,740 yards and 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, leading the Steelers to a 9-7 record. He left with 18-straight winning seasons and one last victory at Heinz Field with a win over the Cleveland Browns.
Roethlisberger finished his career with two Super Bowl titles, six Pro Bowl selections and as the 2004 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. He retired with 64,088 passing yards and 418 touchdown passes but won just three playoff games after 2010.