This will come as a shock to most fans, who expected Roethlisberger to play at least a few more seasons before calling it a career, but this is the first time Roethlisberger has openly talked about the possibility of not returning in his career.
On Tuesday, Ben Roethlisberger was asked about a report from NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala which claimed Brown was pouting after DeAngelo Williams scored a touchdown, on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan. "I think that's a fair assessment in terms of where he's at in his career".
It doesn't get much easier to hear everything Peter King had to say, including his views on short-week football, why he's waiting as long as possible to pick a victor in Super Bowl LI, the over/under on the length of the upcoming Hall of Fame selection meeting, and his thoughts on being a grandpa for the first time. "It wraps a bow around what is 2016, but largely it sets a trajectory and provides black-and-white information for us as we lay the foundation for 2017", Tomlin said. He said Roethlisberger has expressed similar concerns to him in the past, but the two haven't had their exit interview yet. "I'm not alarmed by it, that's football". Obviously, I'm hopeful that he returns, and the potential of his returning or not returning will weigh heavily in our planning.
But do I personally think Big Ben will be back under center in Pittsburgh next season? That's life. He's a significant component, the significant component, of what it is that we do. "We'll plan and react accordingly".
Brady took full advantage of both personnel and the zone scheme to end Steelers' season a game short of the ultimate prize, and as frustrating as it was to watch on television, it's nothing compared to what it had to feel like for Roethlisberger who had no way to combat it.
"We haven't met yet", said Tomlin.
Initially, I chalked this up to emotion and disappointment following the Steelers' sub-par performance last Sunday in the AFC Championship game at New England, but upon further inspection, it appears to be something else.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are fortunate they have a franchise quarterback on their roster, but how long they will have him on the roster seems to be up in the air now. I just think that's football.