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Ben Roethlisberger Says He Will Contemplate Retirement This Offseason

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will consider retirement this off-season, he said Tuesday morning.

Appearing on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger said he will weigh all of his options heading into next season. Yes, that apparently includes retirement.

Here's a quick transcript, via CBS Pittsburgh:

“I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options,” Ben told us. “To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.”

When asked if he’s going to play next year, Ben simply said, “I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and just do a lot of praying about it and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family.”

The 34-year-old Roethlisberger is under contract through the 2019 season. This season, Roethlisberger threw for 3,819 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions but also missed two games due to a knee injury. He missed four games during the 2015 season after suffering a sprained MCL.

Here is a full clip of Roethlisberger's interview on The Fan from earlier today.

The Steelers finished the 2016 season with an 11-5 record. They beat the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC playoffs before falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.