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Big Ben til the End

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced today that they have signed their franchise quarterback Ben Roethisberger to a 5 year contract extension. Then, did not disclose the terms. But “Big Ben” did have some interesting comments, “This is where I want to be, and I’m just happy that I can be here,” he said. “Our first and foremost goal is winning Lombardi Trophies. I think we’ve got a good young football team with a lot of talent and a lot of ability, and that’s what I said coming over here — is there room in that trophy case for more trophies? Because that’s got to be our goal.”

Then it was Steelers President Art Rooney II turn to praise their newly extended quarterback, “Having Ben has been a great run that we’ve had, so we’re really excited to continue the opportunity that having a player like Ben gives us to be competitive and to try and compete for championships. There’s no other way to do it these days in the league,”

A 5 year extension is what the Steelers have announced. He is currently 33 years old with one year left on his current contract. So, in reality he now has a contract for the next 6 years (again specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed at the writing of this article) so he will be a Steeler until he is at least 38 and possibly 39. In effect that will mean that he will more than likely retire a Pittsburgh Steeler. He might even go into Canton Ohio as a Steeler as well.

His numbers last year were somewhat unnoticed, yet were impressive. He only needed 48 more passing yards on the season and he would have had 5,000 for the year (which was tops in the NFL) to go along with 32 touchdowns. For his career, after being drafted number 11 out of Miami of Ohio by the Steelers in the 2004 draft, where he was awarded AFC offensive Rookie of the Year. He has been to 3 Pro Bowls, he owns a career passing rating of 93.9 which is 7th best among active quarterbacks. On a team that has, for most of his career been a run first team, he is number 2 active quarterback in yards per pass attempt. But, he is also the most active sacked quarterback in the league.

Ben Roethlisberger is most definitely an above average quarterback. He is teetering on that upper echelon level quarterback and will now most likely retire only wearing black and gold.

Both Michael David Smith and Frank Schwab contributed to this article.

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