Steelers Fans, Players Thank Big Ben for 18 Years with Team in What Could Be His Final Pittsburgh Game

by Shelby Scott

The NFL’s current headlining player, Antonio Brown, continues to receive coverage after his out-of-pocket antics at Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. However, on a lighter note, one Pittsburgh Steelers mainstay prepares for what will likely be his final home game. And with that, fans and players alike are thanking #7, Ben Roethlisberger, for 18 years of dedication to the black and gold institution.

According to USA Today’s For The Win, Roethlisberger’s one-year contract with the Steelers concludes at the end of this season. And after 18 years, it makes sense the longtime quarterback plans to end his career with the beloved Pennsylvania team.

That said, an onslaught of broadcasters captured #7’s final grand entrance onto Heinz Field Monday night. Overall, the iconic scene had Steelers fans and players alike sharing the most heartfelt of Roethlisberger tributes. The below clip (likely) captures the final time the quarterback will make a pre-game run onto his home field.

Pittsburgh QB Attracts Admiration & Thanks of Many

The Steelers/Browns faceoff received a lot of coverage on Monday. However, over on Twitter, posts erupted tributing the player prior to and during the game. Roethlisberger’s teammates and fans all came together on the platform to share meaningful and heartfelt thanks. Below, one fan captures the full capacity of the Pittsburgh Steelers player’s stats over the last 18 years and the totals are truly impressive.

Simultaneously, some of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ junior players will soon experience the team in a whole new light, as many joined the black and gold crew long after Roethlisberger. As Smith-Schuster highlights below, many of those young players will have to adapt to games without their iconic QB.

Ben Roethlisberger first stepped onto Heinz Field as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004. Now, at 39 years old, For The Win points out the QB’s arm strength has certainly “given out” over the years, though his total 416 touchdowns, prior to Monday’s game, speak to the football player’s talent and dedication after almost two decades.

As of half-time during the Steelers/Browns face-off, Roethlisberger and his team had the lead over the latter with a score of 10-0.