A look at the memorable send-off for Ben Roethlisberger from every angle
By Tommy Jaggi
Ben Roethlisberger got the home finale he deserved with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s a look at his memorable send-off from every angle.
What more could we ask for as Pittsburgh Steelers fans? Sure, the passing offense really struggled for most of the night, but I haven’t felt this much energy from a game since the Steelers last won the Super Bowl against the Arizona Cardinals following the 2008 season.
Ben Roethlisberger got the send-off he deserved after a legendary career that included 18 seasons with the Steelers, 6 Pro Bowl appearances, 2 Super Bowl wins, and 164 wins, via Pro Football Reference. In front of a packed stadium at Heinz Field, the focus was solely on Big Ben and the remarkable career he had.
With time dwindling on the game clock, the crowd erupted, and Roethlisberger was filled with tears as he took victory formation for one final kneel down on his home turf. This was a historic site to see.
If you missed anything from Ben Roethlisberger’s final home game against the Browns Monday Night Football, here is a look at his memorable and spectacular send-off from nearly every available angle:
Steelers were blessed to have Ben Roethlisberger
For those of us who have had the privilege of having Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers quarterbacks for most of our lives, we probably can’t begin to understand how blessed we are to have him around for the past 18 years. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team in NFL history to have a quarterback play as long as he did without playing for any other NFL team.
While the past few years haven’t exactly gone as planned for the Steelers — particularly on the offensive side of the ball, Big Ben deserved to go out on a high note. Over nearly the past two decades, the legendary quarterback has made this franchise one of the most competitive teams in the NFL, year in and year out, and the Steelers have made the playoffs 11 times during his tenure with the team.
In my opinion, Ben Roethlisberger is not only the greatest quarterback in Pittsburgh Steelers history but the single most important player this franchise has had on their roster (thanks in large part to the supreme value of the quarterback position). If not for him, the Steelers have two fewer Super Bowl wins and probably many more disappointing seasons over the past 18 years.
Ben Roethlisberger got a send-off that will stick with him for the rest of his life. He will finish as the NFL’s 5th all-time leading passer and will hear his name called to the Hall of Fame in Canton.