The recent CTE study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has caught the attention of a number of NFL players, including two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger.
Retirement seems to be on the horizon for Roethlisberger, who has famously come back earlier than expected from a litany of injuries and played through others during his career.
Roethlisberger is signed through 2019, but in January, said that he would consider retirement after the 2017 season.
With news that 110 of the 111 NFL player brains included in the study had CTE, a neurodegenerative brain disorder caused by repeated head trauma, Roethlisberger admitted that this season may be his last.
From the Tribune-Review:
Roethlisberger, 35, found the study “alarming” and said he will include it in his decision next offseason about whether to return for a 15th season.
“Of course,” Roethlisberger said. “I want to play catch with my kids. I want to know my kids names. As much as I want my kids to remember what I did and watch me play the game, I also want to remember them when I'm 70 years old.”
Roethlisberger last suffered a diagnosed concussion in 2015. He has missed multiple games in seven different seasons since taking over as Steelers starter a few weeks into his rookie season in 2004.