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Ben Roethlisberger | Quarterback | #7

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
College: Miami (OH)
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
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Former teammate Willie Colon said Ben Roethlisberger "seriously" considered retirement this offseason.
"I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously," Colon said. "He’s dealt with a lot of injuries." The Steelers did not seem particularly concerned about the retirement rumors this spring, but perhaps they should be moving forward. Ben turns 36 next March and could take retirement even more "seriously" if he deals with more injuries. Perhaps preparing for the future, the Steelers drafted Josh Dobbs in the fourth round. May 16 - 11:06 AM

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Ben Roethlisberger announced Friday that he will return for the 2017 season.

Big surprise. Roethlisberger contemplated retirement after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship this past January, but nobody, including his own coach Mike Tomlin, gave it more than a passing thought. In a statement on Twitter, Roethlisberger said, "Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best!" Roethlisberger's retirement threats will probably become an annual rite of passage. The 35-year-old is under contract through 2019.
Apr 7 - 2:54 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said people have "read too much into" Ben Roethlisberger's retirement comments and "are making more out of it than what it is."

"I think it’s a very reasonable discussion when you get to 35," Tomlin added. "It’s probably not the first year he’s gone through that process and it probably won’t be the last if he continues." Tomlin seems unconcerned by the retirement talk, and there has not been any indication the Steelers are taking the discussion seriously. Roethlisberger will almost certainly return in 2017.
Mar 27 - 6:23 PM

When asked about returning for the 2017 season, Ben Roethlisberger said, "I'm leaning toward it."

Roethlisberger hinted at retirement after losing to New England in the AFC Championship, but nobody ever bought it. From overselling his injuries to retirement contemplations, Roethlisberger has always had a drama-queen streak. Big Ben is owed $46 million over the final three years of his deal. It would be an absolute stunner if the 35-year-old decided to hang up his cleats.
Mar 19 - 9:50 AM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert isn't planning to urgently pursue Ben Roethlisberger's successor this offseason.

"Will we add a guy? Absolutely," Colbert said. "When? It’s hard to say. Sooner or later we will have to address that." In other words, the Steelers aren't taking Roethlisberger's retirement musings very seriously. Colbert did make clear the team wants free agent Landry Jones back as Big Ben's No. 2.
Feb 16 - 3:35 PM

Steelers president Art Rooney II expects Ben Roethlisberger to return for a 14th season in 2017.

Rooney said he recently had a "good conversation" with Roethlisberger, and that he believes the quarterback wants a third Super Bowl too much to hang it up. "I think that's one of the reasons he'll be back," Rooney said. Roethlisberger is addicted to drama, making it hard to take his retirement ruminations seriously.
Jan 31 - 3:27 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said this is not the first time he has heard Ben Roethlisberger talk about retirement.

Roethlisberger said on Tuesday he would "consider all options" including "if there’s going to be a next season" in the next couple weeks. Tomlin said he is taking the comments seriously, but he is not alarmed or surprised by the notion. Ben is only 34 and likely will have to return a large chunk of his signing bonus if he decides to walk away. There is little chance he makes that decision.
Jan 24 - 12:38 PM

In a radio interview, Ben Roethlisberger said he will "take some time" to "consider all options" this offseason.

"To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season," Roethlisberger said. Ben has taken a beating during his 13 seasons in the NFL, but he is only 34 and would owe Pittsburgh $18.6 million if he walks away. It would be beyond shocking if he decides to retire.
Jan 24 - 12:01 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 31-of-47 passes for 314 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Roethlisberger matched Tom Brady punch for punch in the first half, completing 16-of-22 passes for 136 yards before the break. New England pulled away in the second half, however, and Roethlisberger couldn’t do much to stop the bleeding. Roethlisberger didn’t have much success throwing deep, often settling for check-downs to Jesse James and slants over the middle to Eli Rogers. His fourth-quarter interception was nowhere close to his intended target. Roethlisberger redeemed himself by throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton on the following drive, but it was too little too late. It didn’t end the way he would have liked, but Roethlisberger was still pretty darn good this year, even with a relatively thin receiving corps. It would be a huge boost to Roethlisberger and the entire passing game if suspended wideout Martavis Bryant returns to start opposite Antonio Brown next season.
Jan 22 - 10:46 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

The Steelers didn't score a single touchdown, but still managed to win on the back of Chris Boswell's six field goals. Big Ben had a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown knocked away by CB Marcus Peters just as Brown was coming to the ground with the ball, and Roethlisberger's pick was a tipped ball at the line that fell into Eric Berry's arms in the end zone. Big Ben's road woes are well documented, and he'll now head to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. He missed the Steelers' Week 7 game against the Patriots with a torn meniscus.
Jan 15 - 11:58 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is not listed on the Steelers' final injury report for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

There was some concern about Roethlisberger's status after he was seen wearing a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he's practiced fully the last two days and will be all systems go for the Divisional Round. Roethlisberger had an awesome game against the Chiefs in Week 4 (five touchdowns, 300 passing yards) but hasn't played nearly as well on the road this season.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: In terms of QBR, Ben was remarkably consistent at home with a coefficient of variation of 12.3% and he never dropped below 71.6. He was the opposite away, dipping as low as 4.4 and had a CV of 69.7%. His touchdown rate dropped from 3.3 to 1.1 per game when traveling. Kansas City boasts the 7th-best pass defense in DVOA (per Football Outsiders) plus corners Marcus Peters and newcomer Terrance Mitchell have been excellent. It’s not a great spot.
Jan 13 - 2:03 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

#AsExpected. Roethlisberger got the day off on Wednesday, but returned to his usual reps on Thursday. He'll be under center Sunday for the Divisional Round against Kansas City. Big Ben had a monster game against the Chiefs in Week 4, shredding them for 300 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Of course, that was a home game for Roethlisberger, whose home/away splits remained stark in 2016.
Jan 12 - 3:54 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ben Roethlisberger's foot "shouldn't be an issue."

Roethlisberger was in a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he had shed the boot by Monday and said he will be "good to go." Ben will likely take a maintenance day during Wednesday's practice, but there is no doubt about his availability for this week.
Jan 10 - 12:26 PM

Ben Roethlisberger shed his walking boot on Monday and said his right foot is "fine."

Roethlisberger tweaked his right foot on the second to last play of Sunday's win over Miami. "(An MRI) showed I aggravated an old foot fracture but nothing severe," Roethlisberger said in an email. "I should be good to go [Sunday at KC]." Roethlisberger said the Steelers told him to wear the protective boot "as a precaution," and by Monday it was no longer necessary.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: While the Steelers offense had no trouble with Miami's defense at home, things could be a lot different in Kansas City this weekend. Roethlisberger had an incredible first half which was followed by an underwhelming second half, although Pittsburgh led comfortably. KC has allowed the 12th fewest FPPG to QBs and it’s no secret that Roethlisberger is better at home – he completes about 10% more passes at Heinz Field and has a 4/1 TD/INT ratio there as opposed to a 9/8 ratio on the road.
Jan 9 - 2:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ben Roethlisberger's ankle injury "checked out okay."

Big Ben said he hurt his ankle on the second-to-last play of the game in the Wild Card win over the Dolphins. It's not believed to be serious in any way, and he might not even be listed on the injury report this week. Roethlisberger will be under center when the Steelers travel to Arrowhead on Sunday.
Jan 9 - 9:13 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Josh Dobbs
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
3James Conner
4Knile Davis
5Terrell Watson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Cobi Hamilton
3JuJu Smith-Schuster
4DeMarcus Ayers
5Marcus Tucker
WR21Eli Rogers
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Sammie Coates
4Justin Hunter
5Martavis Bryant
WR31Cobi Hamilton
TE1Jesse James
2Xavier Grimble
3David Johnson
4Ryan Malleck
5Scott Orndoff
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Jerald Hawkins
3Keavon Milton
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
3Matt Feiler
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Mike Matthews
3Kyle Friend
RG1David DeCastro
2B.J. Finney
3Ethan Cooper
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Jake Rodgers
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell