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The Conference Championship round is this weekend and it’s hard to ask for better matchups on Sunday. Before we dive into that, we had some intriguing headlines from Thursday to recap.
Ben Roethlisberger Officially Announced His Retirement
We all knew it was coming, but Ben Roethlisberger made his retirement official in a video announcement on social media.
Roethlisberger spent 18 years with the Steelers after being drafted out of Miami of Ohio in 2004. He promptly went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year after completing 196 passes on 295 yards for 2,621 yards and 17 touchdowns. During his tenure, he went to the Pro Bowl six times and won the Super Bowl twice.
In total, Roethlisberger numbers are substantial over 249 games that include 41 fourth-quarter comebacks and 53 game-winning drives. His 5,440 completed passes and 64,088 passing yards both rank fifth in the NFL and he is second in the NFL for passing attempts at 8,443.
The obvious next step for the Pittsburgh Steelers will be to replace their quarterback. Who they will go with remains a mystery. The quarterback draft class is decidedly thinner than last year and they also have backup players such as Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph who are also vying for the job.
Interesting Coaching Hire in Denver
This has been a rather sluggish interview process for the nine teams that need to find a new head coach. We can shorten that list by one with the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett to be the Denver Broncos’ new head coach.
Of course, this is news on its own, but this is even more significant for the future quarterback carousel. Namely, Aaron Rodgers since…