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‘I Thank God’: Steelers’ Star Ben Roethlisberger Announces Retirement After 18 Seasons

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‘I Thank God’: Steelers’ Star Ben Roethlisberger Announces Retirement After 18 Seasons

By Movieguide® Staff

It is official, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his final farewell to the NFL in a video posted to social media. 

After 18 seasons in the NFL, Roethlisberger hung up his jersey but thanked God for his time on the field. 

“First and foremost, I need to thank the Lord for all the many blessings he’s bestowed on me,” Roethlisberger said. “Football has been a gift, and I thank God for allowing me to play it. Surrounding me with great people and protecting me through until the end with love and honor.”

“Putting that jersey on every Sunday with my brothers will always be one of the greatest joys of my life,” Roethlisberger added. “I retire from football a truly grateful man.”

Roethlisberger said that he wants to spend his newfound time with his family. 

“To my wife, Ashley, our children Benjamin, Bailey, and Bodie, you lift and inspire me and give my life purpose,” Roethlisberger said in the video. “I am so thankful for your love and support. I love you so much.”

Movieguide® previously reported

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger addressed the media after his team’s final game of the season, sharing that he is ready for what God will do in the next chapter of his life. 

“I’m going to do everything I can to be the best husband and father I can be and try to expand God’s kingdom,” Roethlisberger said. 

Despite the loss, the pro-bowl QB thanked God for the blessing of a successful career in the NFL. 

“It’s tough. I’m proud to have played with these guys,” he said. “God has blessed me with an ability to throw a football and has blessed me to play in the greatest city, Pittsburgh, with the greatest fans and the greatest football team and players, and it’s just been truly a blessing and I’m so thankful to him for the opportunity that he’s given me.”

“I’ve been here a long time, and it’s been a lot of fun,” he added. “Like I said, God has blessed me … It was meant to be that I was going to wear black and gold. Draft day I had a black suit on with a gold tie. I’m just so thankful.” 

Read More: Why Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Rededicated His Life to Christ

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