Believe it or not, Ben Roethlisberger just turned 31-years old. He also just completed his ninth NFL season, and even though it doesn’t seem like it, Big Ben is now a grizzled veteran.
With Roethlisberger, age is just a number because we all know he’s going to come out every game and give it all he has. He’s a player who’s made a career out of being tough as nails, and along the way he’s earned himself two Super Bowl rings. Even if his career ended tomorrow, you could make a case that Roethlisberger is a hall-of-famer (even though I don’t think he’d get in).
While the next chapter in Roethlisberger’s career won’t be his last, it will still be a very interesting one. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team that’s in a state of reloading. They’re not a team that’s rebuilding by any means, but a team that has some adjustments to make.
Point being, all of this turns into basically a fresh slate for Roethlisberger. We all know the level he’s played at with other incarnations of the Steelers, but can he lead the franchise back to the promise land one more time? Can he take a team that’s in a state of reloading, and get them back to a championship level?
Big Ben is clearly great, but over the next few seasons we’ll see just how great he really is. He’s the undeniable leader of the Steelers, and all the results will fall on his shoulders, for better or worse. We’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks fail to get back to the mountain top after winning early in their careers. Very few win in the early, middle and late stages of their careers, but Roethlisberger has a chance to do just that. If Big Ben can climb the mountain one more time, he will no doubt be in conversation with the greatest of all-time.