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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger announces retirement after 18 seasons, two titles

The 39-year-old quarterback is considered a future NFL Hall of Fame inductee

Published: January 27, 2022 12:28pm

Updated: January 27, 2022 3:39pm

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday announced his retirement, saying it's time to him to "hang up my cleats." 

The 39-year-old and likely NFL hall-of-famer in 18 seasons seasons won two Super Bowls and set numerous team records.

"Time to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats," Roethlisberger said, according to the Associated Press.

"I don’t know how to put into words what the game of football has meant to me and what a blessing it has been," he also said in a video message. "But I know with confidence I have given my all to the game; I am overwhelmed with gratitude for what it has given me."

His much expected decision came less than two weeks after Pittsburgh's lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the National Football League's playoffs.

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