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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Pittsburgh Steelers made it all the way to the AFC Championship game last year but eventually fell short to the New England Patriots. That left Ben Roethlisberger questioning his future but the veteran quarterback announced today that he does plan on playing in 2017 and Roethlisberger also stated “Steeler Nation will get my absolute best.” That statement feels like this will be the 35 year old quarterback’s last season and it also tells you Ben Roethlisberger is putting his total focus towards winning the Super Bowl this season. The Steelers have easily one of the most talented teams in the AFC and with Martavis Bryant potentially coming back that could be enough to get this team over the hump. It won’t be easy with the upgrades the New England Patriots have made but the draft gives the Steelers a chance to gain a little ground. If they can nail their first three picks and bring in players that contribute in 2017, that will give the Steelers the best shot at dethroning New England. The other factor will be what kind of year can Ben Roethlisberger put together production wise? If Ben Roethlisberger can out work everyone else and prepare himself to play at a career best type of level. That would be the ultimate recipe for Steelers success and it would a perfect way for Ben Roethlisberger to ride off into the sunset. Regardless of how Roethlisberger’s career plays out he will go down as one of the better quarterbacks of all time. Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls and thrown for 46,814 passing yards over the course of his career. 306 of those passes have went for a touchdown so it’s clear Roethlisberger is a unique talent and he will be known for his size and strength at the QB position. A 6’5 241 pounds Roethlisberger has the ideal NFL quarterback frame, which has helped him shed defenders and keep numerous plays alive. Ben Roethlisberger has always played the game that way and he has uplifted the Steelers franchise. Any time a quarterback brings a pair of Lombardi Trophies back to their team’s city that player deserve a lot of recognition and Roethlisberger will try to get one more be fore he calls it quits.
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