Ben Roethlisberger is not retiring. No one should be surprised even though many Pittsburgh Steelers fans were worried since nothing was heard from the talented quarterback until Friday.
On his Twitter account, Big Ben announced that he told the team he was looking forward to returning for season No. 14 in his NFL career and wrote that he would give Steeler Nation his absolute best.
Following a postseason loss to New England, Roethlisberger said he had been contemplating retirement saying he wanted to look at his different options.
However, few if any believed that storyline.
It is fair thinking that the 34-year might want to consider his future and spend more time with the family, especially after the playoff loss.
However, it did not seem possible that Big Ben could call it a day on his NFL career with him still having a full tank and a team that has more than enough talent to make it to another Super Bowl.
Mike Tomlin the Steelers head coach admitted Pittsburgh has to prepare for life without Big Ben on the team but Art Rooney II the team president quickly added that he expected Roethlisberger back for the 2017 season.
Tomlin in a prepared statement said as an organization we remained hopeful Ben would return to play this season. He added that he and Ben had spoken many times and he understands that at this juncture of his career he needs to think about the long term future.
Tomlin added that there was no question that Ben wants another Super Bowl title for Pittsburgh and everyone knows he will do everything in his power to make that possible.
Opponents did not believe the winner of two Super Bowl titles would retire yet.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he was preparing for Pittsburgh and preparing for Roethlisberger to be their quarterback.
While no one is surprised that Big Ben is returning for the 2017 season, Pittsburgh must find his eventual heir.
The answer is not Landry Jones. Pittsburgh is one of a number of teams with aging talented franchise signal callers that might take on of the development quarterbacks in the first couple of days of the NFL draft at the end of the month.
With Big Ben under center, Le’Veon Bell with the franchise tag at running back, Antonio Bell locked into a contract extension and Martavis Bryant possibly returning, the Steelers are one of the few teams in the AFC with enough talent to knock the New England Patriots off their perch.