Ben Roethlisberger retires, leaving behind a great steel legacy

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 16: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a first quarter pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 16: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a first quarter pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement, leaving behind a great legacy and large shoes to fill. 

After 18 seasons and two Super Bowl titles, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement from the NFL. This move now leaves the Steelers in search of a new signal-caller.

Roethlisberger left behind a message to all Steelers fans, citing his appreciation for the game and thanks for the memories.

It’s no secret that Big Ben has accomplished so much on the football field. He is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of 32 NFL teams, except the Steelers. He is also among a select group of quarterbacks to win more than one Super Bowl. Big Ben has passed for over 64,000 yards, over 400 touchdowns, and over 200 interceptions.

Ben Roethlisberger retires from the NFL, leaving an extensive legacy and big shoes to fill

However, you cannot forget the troubles off the field despite all he has accomplished. The rape allegations in 2009 are incredibly disheartening and damaging to see, in addition to the motorcycle crash the quarterback sustained in 2006. Though Big Ben has played well on the field, his off-the-field troubles are sure to raise eyebrows.

If you just look at the football field, you have an appreciation for what No.7 has accomplished. He ended the New England Patriots’ 21 game winning streak as a rookie. He hoisted a Lombardi trophy in his second season, although Seattle Seahawks fans will have something to say about it. Against Arizona and Kurt Warner, Roethlisberger’s last-second touchdown to Santonio Holmes ranks among the greatest plays in NFL History.

There will likely never be another No.7 in the Steel City, as that number is primarily reserved for Ben Roethlisberger. Best wishes to him on his retirement, and good luck to the Steelers finding a successor.