Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger admits there will be nerves and anxiety when he steps out on the field for Week 1 game against the New York Giants. Roethlisberger, 38, tore three tendons in his elbow during the first half of the Week 2 loss against the Seattle Seahawks.
Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion, then spent the rest of the 2019 season recovering from a surgery. "You always have a little bit of jitters and nerves for the first game, but the way I feel now is more than I've felt in a very long time," Roethlisberger said, per ESPN.
"I'm sure it's only going to intensify as the week goes on. And then Monday night, I'm sure I'm going to be shaking like a leaf." Roethlisberger acknowledges being a year away from football is not an easy thing but he hopes it won't take him long to find his rhythm.
"It's going to be one of those things where you get out there and hopefully it all comes back to me really quick and there's going to be rust, there's no doubt about it," he said. "But hopefully we can get it knocked off sooner than later.
I think that's what makes it fun."
Roethlisberger focused on playing at a high level
Roethlisberger, who turned 38 years this past March, wants to have a big 2020 season and then he will focus on his future. "Guys always throw out how old they want to play til," Roethlisberger said.
"I don't know. I honor my contract, and I know it's got one more year on it. But I'm going to give this season everything I have, especially since I didn't get to play last year. This season means a lot to me.
I'm going to give everything I have and see what happens. But I don't like to put a timeframe on how long I want to play. There's too many variables involved." Roethlisberger says feeling nerves and anxiety means that he still wants it.
"If I wasn't nervous and I didn't have that anxiousness, then I think that you shouldn't be out there, right?" Roethlisberger said. "There's not a love for the game if you don't have that, and I think since I have those nerves already, it just shows that I still love this game and I'm still passionate for it and I want to go out and win for my teammates and the fans and the city.
I'm not sure how bad it's going to be. We can talk after the game, but I'm sure it's going to be pretty different."