Almost immediately after his defeat to the New England Patriots, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted that he may be calling it quits, citing family and health as his main concerns. His teammates were just as shocked as the media by Ben’s comments but when you’re 34 years old, the kind of game Roethlisberger plays is tough to maintain.
Players such as Ryan Shazier have been vocal about needing their signal-caller back as he is the straw that stirs the drink for the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh struggled this year when Ben was out with a torn meniscus but went on to win nine consecutive games with him back at the helm. The Steelers would likely go into a tailspin if the two-time Super Bowl winner went good on the retirement threats and will obviously be hoping that he reconsiders.
It seems Big Ben has been injured more often than not during his 13-year career and for the last three seasons specifically, he’s always had to deal with some kind of nagging, lingering injury. If you look at his history, you’ll see a lengthy list of physical hindrances that includes a variety of knee, shoulder, rib, ankle, foot, Achilles and – most importantly – head injuries.
Considering all that, a surprise retirement from the Steelers slinger wouldn’t be the most shocking news ever. In just the last year, we’ve seen superstars such as Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson hang up the pads in their prime and as we learn more and more about the long-term effects of concussions, the frequency of this kind of news will only increase.
Bovada has set the line at -1000 for Big Ben to be on the Pittsburgh roster for Game 1 of the 2017 regular season but if you take into account the precedent that’s been set by other players the last couple of seasons, I could see this being the end for Roethlisberger.
It’s possible that No. 7 was just really shook up by the embarrassing defeat he and the Steelers suffered at the hands of the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game but if you feel there’s some meat to this claim, you can cash in big time with the +550 line set by Bovada.
Will Ben Roethlisberger be on the Steelers’ 2017 Week 1 Roster?
Odds as of January 26 at Bovada