PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin did not confirm nor deny reports that this is indeed the final season for the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Roethlisberger, who did confirm that he received a game ball for his play during the Steelers’ 20-19 come-from-behind win over the Ravens, said that his focus is on the 2021 Steelers and Pittsburgh’s upcoming Thursday night game in Minnesota.
The 39-year-old quarterback looked like a younger version of himself during the final stanza of Sunday’s game. After subpar play from Roethlisberger and his teammates during team’s recent 0-2-1 skid, Big Ben and the Steelers responded with a much-needed win against their most bitter rival.
“My focus is on Minnesota and what we have to do to get ready,” said Roethlisberger, who went 21 of 31 for 236 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday that included the game-winning touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson. “I’ll address any of that stuff after the season. I’ve always been a one game at a time, one season at a time person, and I’m going to stay that way.”
Tomlin, Roethlisberger’s coach for 15 of his 18 seasons in Pittsburgh, shared Roethlisberger’s sentiment as it relates to his quarterback’s future. Tomlin said that he does not anticipate a possible growing outside narrative of a Big Ben “farewell tour” impacting his team one way or the other.
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