Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he will likely retire after the 2021 season. The Steelers have two more regular season games and and 39-year-old Roethlisberger expects those two games to be the last of his career.
"Looking at the bigger picture, I would say all signs are pointing to this could be it -- regular season, that is," Roethlisberger said, per ESPN. "I know we still have a chance to potentially get a playoff game there if things fall our way and we take care of business and things have to happen.
In the grand scheme of things, in terms of regular seasons, signs are pointing that way that this could be it." The Steelers will host the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football and Roethlisberger doesn't want to make it about himself.
"I just want to win the football game," said Roethlisberger, who has a franchise-record 163 wins. "That's all that matters to me. That's always been my thing. I found out last week I've got 91 wins at Heinz Field and broke a tie with Brett Favre for quarterbacks winning in one facility.
"To me, that'll always mean more than yards and touchdowns and wins. I'm sure you can go back to my very first press conference, all I've ever said I wanted to do was win. And that's what is most important to me.
That's what's going to be most important. I don't care if it's 3-0. I just want to win a football game because it's so important for our season."
Roethlisberger led the Steelers to two Super Bowls
"It's 18 years, almost half my life I've given to this city and this team and these fans," the quarterback said.
"But the fun thing is, I know I still have it in the tank to go out there this week and next week and give it everything I have to do everything I can to get us into the postseason. That's always the ultimate goal, to win us a Lombardi.
That's still my goal. We're not out of this thing yet." Before the season started, the expectation was that this would be the last season of Roethlisberger's career. "Coming into this season, I've always been one who's wanted to fulfill my obligation to the team with contracts," he said.
"I don't have a contract next season. I guess the writing was on the wall from them, but kind of all of us together. I wouldn't say that I had my mind made up by any means. "But I had my mind made up coming into this season that I was going to give it everything I had to try and win a Super Bowl."