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Look: Bill Cowher Has A Message For Ben Roethlisberger

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher on the field.

Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher on the sidelines as the Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 20 to 13 at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 29, 2006. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary)

The final years of Bill Cowher's coaching career with the Steelers ushered in a new era of Pittsburgh football.

In 2004, Cowher and the Steelers organization selected quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with the No. 11 overall pick in the draft. And for the next three seasons, the veteran head coach worked closely alongside the talented young signal caller.

Now 18 years after Big Ben suited up for his first Steelers game, the 39-year-old quarterback has officially announced his retirement decision.

Cowher, who now works as an analyst for CBS Sports, shared a message celebrating Roethlisberger's career.

"It was an honor to coach Ben. He truly represents what a Pittsburgh Steeler is. He gave his heart and soul to the Steelers organization and the Pittsburgh community," Cowher wrote. "He played with grit, determination and resiliency and his passion for the game was evident throughout his career. He is a winner. From his rookie season, you knew that you always had a chance to win with ben as your quarterback. He was at his best in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. He was the guy you could always count on to deliver when it mattered most.

"I am so proud of everything Ben has accomplished and congratulate him on a remarkable career."

In just their second season as a quarterback/head coach duo, Roethlisberger and Cowher claimed a Super Bowl title (the first of two in Roethlisberger's career).

Big Ben finishes his NFL career with 247 starts, 64,088 yards, 418 touchdowns, 211 interceptions and a 165-81-1 record with the Steelers organization.