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Ben Roethlisberger Sends Moving Message to Phillip Rivers After QB Announces Retirement

by Thad Mitchell
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Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger knows a thing or two about playing winning football in the National Football League.

With the news that Phillip Rivers is retiring after a masterful 17-year pro football career, “Big Ben” is wishing him well. The two All Pro quarterbacks faced each other several times during their career and had some entertaining duels.

Though their paths were completely different, both Roethlisberger and Rivers have had remarkable careers. In a showing of great respect between the two quarterbacks, Roethlisberger says farewell to his friend and fellow competitor. He took to social media on Wednesday to express his feelings and share well wishes for Rivers’ next journey away from the field.

“Phillip, what a career,” Big Ben says in the post. “An amazing competitors, winner and family man. It has been fun to compete against you and watch you do your thing for so many years.”

With Rivers already expressing his desire to get into coaching, Roethlisberger says he knows his friend will make a great coach.

“I know countless kids have been inspired by you and will benefit from your coaching and football knowledge in the future,” he says. “God Bless!”

Ben Roethlisberger Praises Fellow Quarterback Phillip Rivers

Big Ben’s tweet drew more than 11,000 likes in a short amount of time. Some of his fans and social media followers used the tweet’s comment space to provide their own salute to Rivers and his post-retirement ventures. The Pittsburgh Steelers franchise quarterback also included two photos of he and Rivers interacting before and after competition.

Rivers announced he is ready for retirement earlier this week and says he is looking forward to beginning a career in coaching. The longtime San Diego Charger also has a Hall-of-fame worthy resume and ranks among some of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Rivers was a first-round draft pick for the Chargers in 2004 and played for the team for 16 or his 17 seasons. Last season, he joined the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent and started each game of the season for the team. He lead the Colts to a playoff berth but the team was put out in the first round by the Buffalo Bills.