PITTSBURGH — Long-time Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger officially announced his retirement on Thursday morning.
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After 18 seasons in Pittsburgh, his retirement has prompted a response from many prominent figures in the sports world, including the NFL themselves.
2x Super Bowl Champion— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2022
6x Pro Bowl selection
And a @steelers legend for 18 years
Congrats on a legendary career, @_BigBen7. pic.twitter.com/WsbEQOKJlD
The NFL also shared what they called ‘one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history,’ when Roethlisberger connected with Santonio Holmes for the winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII back in 2009.
One of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history.— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2022
Thanks for all the memories, Ben. 💛🖤 (via @nflthrowback)@steelers | @_BigBen7 pic.twitter.com/Ib64LuarvO
The Steelers took to social media to thank Big Ben.
A career worthy of a Gold Jacket. #ThankYou7 pic.twitter.com/ujnDOOJYLO— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 27, 2022
The team also put together a video, with player’s individual well wishes for Roethlisberger.
A message from some of @_BigBen7's teammates:#ThankYou7 pic.twitter.com/dagd6icsqt— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 27, 2022
Hall of Fame speculations have already begun, and Big Ben will first be eligible in 2027.
With the news of @_BigBen7's retirement today, he would first be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2027.@steelers | #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/vs75lltGUN— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) January 27, 2022
Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher shared a statement about his time coaching Roethlisberger.
Congratulations on an amazing career @_BigBen7 and good luck in your next chapter. pic.twitter.com/loPuPCkN7U— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) January 27, 2022
The Pittsburgh Penguins showed local support by sending their well wishes to Roethlisberger.
Good luck in your retirement, @_BigBen7! #BurghProud pic.twitter.com/AvZqqPZaAJ— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 27, 2022
The Super Bowl twitter account posted some throwback photos from Ben’s two Super Bowl victories.
From a rookie with an #NFL dream, to a two-time Super Bowl Champion.— Super Bowl LVI on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 27, 2022
Congratulations, Ben Roethlisberger. #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/AivMa2Jtr5
Steelers President Art Rooney II issued a statement as well:
Statement from #Steelers President Art Rooney II on Ben Roethlisberger's retirement: pic.twitter.com/7qJB3eq433— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 27, 2022
Roethlisberger’s teammates began chiming in too.
Legend. https://t.co/fVlzGKoozA— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) January 27, 2022
Thanks for everything, 7. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/xSdWqCnE2Q— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) January 27, 2022
Love and Appreciate you @_BigBen7! Was a pleasure having You as a teammate these past 5 years! Now Go Enjoy that beautiful family! You deserve it! HOF!!! https://t.co/OAgQNvcWhP— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) January 27, 2022
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