Steelers Legend Ben Roethlisberger Retires After 18-Year Career

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced on Thursday that he’s retiring at the age of 39. The No. 11 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Miami University won two Super Bowls in Pittsburgh and was a six-time Pro Bowler.

“Big Ben” announced his decision to retire on Twitter:

Roethlisberger played in 249 regular-season games, 23 postseason games and three Super Bowls. He retires while sitting at No. 5 on the all-time passing list with 64,088 yards — one spot behind Brett Favre and right above Philip Rivers.

The 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year made his mark on the Steelers immediately, as he led Pittsburgh to the most wins ever recorded by a rookie with 15. Later, he became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to win 100 games in the first 150 starts of his career.

Roethlisberger also holds the NFL record for most career 500-yard passing games with four.

The Roethlisburger is a manly burger/sandwich combo from Peppi’s Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, named for Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger.

This burger traditionally contains about 12 ounces of ground beef, 12 ounces of sausage, and topped with American cheese and two eggs.

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