Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger displays on legacy after playoff loss: ‘It has simply actually been a blessing’

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The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered their fourth straight playoff loss after a 42-21 blowout by the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night time however regardless of the rating, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger nonetheless feels “blessed” to have performed in what’s going to possible be his final NFL sport.

Roethlisberger was in a position to lengthen the 2021 season for an additional sport – a sport he beforehand mentioned the Steelers “don’t have a chance” in. His prediction got here true however for him, the result doesn’t have a lot weight on his 18-year profession.

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Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the sphere after being defeated within the NFC wild card playoff sport at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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“It’s tough, but I’m proud to play with these guys,” Roethlisberger instructed reporters after the sport. “God has blessed me with an ability to throw a football and has blessed me to play in the greatest city in Pittsburgh with the greatest fans and the greatest football team and players, and it has just truly been a blessing, and I’m so thankful to Him for the opportunity that He’s given me.”

A six-time Pro Bowler with a pair of Super Bowl rings, Roethlisberger’s season – and certain profession – didn’t finish on a excessive notice.

The Steelers struggled from the begin to get the offense going. Roethlisberger went 29-of-44 for 215 yards and two touchdowns, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to match Patrick Mahomes, who ran a clinic on Pittsburgh’s protection, finishing 30 passes for 404 yards and 5 touchdowns to advance to the divisional spherical.

Michael Danna of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger during the wild card game on Jan. 16, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Michael Danna of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger through the wild card sport on Jan. 16, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri.
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“I will say that I’m really proud of the way guys fought,” Roethlisberger continued. “We had guys, whether it’s linemen or backs or receivers, tight ends, I mean, guys stepped up and literally fought to the end. Tonight, guys just never quit literally until the last second. Even when it’s out of grasp, guys don’t quit. … I’m just so proud to call these guys brothers and to play for ’em.”

Roethlisberger has but to formally announce his retirement however has beforehand mentioned that “all signs are pointing” to this being the tip of his time within the NFL.

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Pittsburgh Steelers onto the field for the wild card game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 16, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Pittsburgh Steelers onto the sphere for the wild card sport towards the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 16, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri.
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“I’m just so thankful,” he mentioned, reflecting on his time in Pittsburgh. “I hope that I’m able to pass the legacy of what it is to be a Steeler from Dan Rooney, you know? We all miss him, anyone who knew him misses him and so, it’s just, hopefully I could pass some of that on to the guys and continue the tradition of what it means to be a Steeler.”

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