Big Ben Retires from NFL


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Ben Roethlisberger has officially retired from the NFL after 18 seasons and 2 Super Bowl trophies to his credit. Ben's 165 career wins is good for the 5th best all time for quarterbacks, and his 13 postseason wins ranks 6th. Roethlisberger is one of the few quarterbacks in league history to be able to perform in the regular season and postseason alike, with both of his 2 Super Bowls helping the Pittsburgh Steelers remain one of the most consistent and successful franchises in the league.


Roethlisberger will no-doubt be in Canton when he's eligible in 5 years. He ranks top-10 in almost all career passing stats, including top-5 in passing yards, passing attempts and wins. His 64,088 passing yards and 418 touchdowns are also best for the Steelers franchise that has boasted hall-of-fame quarterbacks like Terry Bradshaw and Neil O'Donnell, and his Super Bowl rings have added to the franchise's tying the Patriots for most of all time at 6.


Ben Roethlisberger is going to be a hall of famer without question. As one of the top quarterbacks of his generation along with the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, Ben defined a prototype of quarterbacks, the "gunslinger". Sure he could get a lot of interceptions, but his knack of taking risks and not being afraid to air the ball out is what made him exciting to watch, and at times impossible to slow down.


The Steelers will not be the same with Roethlisberger, and while their offense is filled with young and talented playmakers like Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson and Pat Freiermuth, anytime an offense loses their long-time franchise quarterback without a talented backup waiting to take the reins, the team will need time to find their new man. It will definitely take time to find someone of Ben's caliber.

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