Steelers Roethlisberger assures fans that he will be back in 2020

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

There is some concern about how Ben Roethlisberger will come back in 2020. I wouldn’t worry if you are a Steelers fan.

The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled and ended the season at 8-8 missing the playoffs for the second straight year in-a-row. It was made especially difficult because they were relying on first and second-year quarterbacks to get the job done.

The Steelers looked primed for a big year in 2019 coming out of training camp. It went downhill fast when the Steelers got stomped by the Patriots. Things got worse when Ben Roethlisberger went down with an elbow injury.

The Steelers had to rely on Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph to carry them through the year. They traded Josh Dobbs at the beginning of the year to the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick. Hodges won some games but started to fizzle out at the end of the year.

It was painful for the Steelers to see Ben Roethlisberger out and injured. He also didn’t look good on the sidelines.

Not only did his beard look unkempt, but his cheeks also looked a bit chubby like he had gained some weight. It was not a pretty sight for Steelers fans. Ben doubled down by saying he was not going to shave until he was back from his injury.

Ben Roethlisberger did release a tweet that assured me.

I don’t think Ben Roethlisberger would send out that tweet if he didn’t think he was going to come back. To be realistic, he injured his elbow, not his spine. He also had been resting his elbow for the majority of the 2019 season.

Ben Roethlisberger has a history of making his injuries more dramatic and then ending up playing. Remember in 2017, during the offseason, when he said he might be done. There is more certainty in his messaging now than there has been earlier in his career.

Back in 2017, Ben Roethlisberger left more uncertainty in his message about being back to the Steelers. He had to tell the fans he was coming back. The point I am trying to make is that if there was uncertainty about him coming back, he would play that game on social media. Ben Roethlisberger has gotten his last contract and intends to finish it.

Although Ben Roethlisberger is not in the business of reassuring Steelers fans that he will play, he assured the fans on Twitter in September. I believe him because he has performed in his career.

Ben Roethlisberger has been a winner in Pittsburgh. According to Pro Football Reference, Ben has a record of 144-71-1. That means he has won roughly two games for every game he has lost over 218 games. You can’t argue that he hasn’t been a winner throughout his long career.

There are many accolades to give Ben Roethlisberger and he will be a Hall of Famer when he hangs his cleats up. However, I don’t think we have seen the last of Ben Roethlisberger.

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If you want to compare his longevity to other quarterbacks, Tom Brady is 42 and Drew Brees is 41. Ben Roethlisberger is still only 37. I think he still has some left in the tank.