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Look: Steelers React To Ben Roethlisberger's Decision

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

PITTSBURGH, PA - December 05: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks down field for a receiver during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens on December 5, 2021 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Ben Roethlisberger era is over. The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback called it a career on Thursday morning.

“To all my teammates and endless friendships I have gained, I appreciate you and our shared commitment to wearing the black and gold with pride and dignity,” Roethlisberger said. “Putting that jersey on every Sunday with my brothers will always be one of the greatest joys of my life.

“To Steelers Nation, the best fans in all of sports, thank you for accepting me as your quarterback over the years. Football has been a gift, and I thank God for allowing me to play it. Surrounding me with great people and protecting me through the end, with love and honor.”

The Steelers will no doubt spend this offseason honoring their franchise quarterback. They even changed their profile picture following Big Ben's announcement to celebrate all he's done for the organization.

Take a look.

As the Steelers look to celebrate Ben Roethlisberger's illustrious career - which included two Super Bowls - they'll soon have to address the elephant in the room: what's next?

Pittsburgh has to go outside the organization to find a new franchise quarterback. Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins is not the answer.

Look for the Steelers to target a quarterback, either via trade or the 2022 NFL Draft, this offseason.