The Pittsburgh Steelers have had an exciting last week.
The Steelers were informed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that he would be returning for another season. The news did not come as much of a shock. Roethlisberger had noted that he was contemplating retirement, but quickly put the rumors to rest.
Roethlisberger tweeted on April seventh to reassure Steelers fans: “Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steelers Nation will get my absolute best! — Ben.”
The Steelers quarterback said after the Steelers fell to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game that returning for another season would be in question.
“I’m going to take this off-season to evaluate, to consider all options, 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. “All those things. I think at this point in my career, at my age, that’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year.”
Even head coach Mike Tomlin commented on the rumors, hoping that Roethlisberger would return.
“As an organization, we have been hopeful that Ben would return this year,” said Tomlin. “Ben and I have had many conversations, and I understood at this point in his career he is going to have to think about his long-term future. There is no question Ben wants to win championships for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we know he will do everything possible to lead our entire team to achieving that goal.”
In other news, the Steelers also released their preseason schedule. The team will host the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts, and will travel to face the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers. Dates and times for the games have not been released by the NFL. All games will air on KDKA-TV.
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