The post confirmed what had been reported for the last few weeks that the 2021 season would be Roethlisberger's last. The 39-year-old will leave the Steelers as one of the most memorable players in franchise history and a future Hall of Famer.
"I don't know how to put into words what the game of football has meant to me and what a blessing it has been. While I know with confidence that I have given my all to the game, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all it has given me," Roethlisberger
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) January 27, 2022
">said in a video posted to Twitter. "... The journey has been exhilarating, defined by relationships and fueled by a spirit of competition. Yet the time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats and continue to be all that I can be to my wife and children. I retire from football, a truly grateful man."
Roethlisberger made time to thank his family, his coaches, his teammates and all of Steelers nation for their never-ending support during his 18 seasons in the league. Here's the full video of his retirement speech:
Although Roethlisberger's retirement had been expected, the NFL world was fairly emotional after he made things official on Thursday. Many current and former players, media members and fans took to social media to express their appreciation for the Steelers legend.
"Love and Appreciate you Big Ben!" Steelers cornerback Joe Haden
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) January 27, 2022
">wrote on Twitter to Roethlisberger. "Was a pleasure having You as a teammate these past 5 years! Now Go Enjoy that beautiful family! You deserve it! HOF!!!
Even rivals of the Steelers and Roethlisberger weighed in on the quarterback's retirement announcement.
Here's what others around the NFL said to commemorate a special, and emotional, day for Roethlisberger and many others.
Roethlisberger will finish his NFL career after 18 seasons, all with the Steelers. He'll retire as the most accomplished quarterback in franchise history with 64,088 passing yards and 418 touchdown passes.
Of course, Roethlisberger's crowning achievements came when he led the Steelers to two Super Bowls, after the 2005 and 2008 seasons. He made six Pro Bowls, led the league in passing twice and won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004.
After one of the most remarkable careers by a quarterback ever, Roethlisberger's next stop should be the Pro Football Hall of Fame.