"The signs point" that Ben Roethlisberger would play for the last time at Heinz Field

‘Monday Night Football’ against the Browns could be the veteran quarterback’s last home game with the Steelers

The quarterback of the Pittsburgh steelers, Ben roethlisberger, said last week that this Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns It could be the last one I play at Heinz Field.

“I will not speak in a definitive way. It is not what I do, but seeing the panorama, all signs point to this could be [mi último partido en el Heinz Field]. The regular season gives us a chance to have a playoff game, but roughly it can be, “he said. Roethlisberger at a press conference last Thursday.

Roethlisberger, who returned this year after cutting his salary in the preseason, has played his entire 18-year career with the Steelers after being drafted with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2004 draft.

Roethlisberger He hadn’t publicly acknowledged that the 2021 season would be the last of his career, but this had been expected in the organization for some time now, and he began telling some in the franchise, as well as his former teammates, of his plans earlier this year. month, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

“They are 18 years, almost half of my life I have given to this city and this team and the fans”, sentenced the 39-year-old quarterback. “But the funny thing is, I still know what I have in the tank to go out this week and next and give everything I have to do everything I can to get us to the postseason. That’s always the bottom line, to win a [Trofeo] Lombardi. That is still my goal. We haven’t gotten out of this yet. “

The stakes are high for what will likely be his last home game of the regular season. The Steelers They are out of the playoffs right now with two games to play.

But should you beat the Browns, a divisional rival who knocked them out of the playoffs in the Wild Card Round last year, Pittsburgh will stay alive in the pursuit of a postseason ticket.

“My focus is to win this game. If it is my last regular season game here, it will be one of the biggest games of my career. What better way to have a potential last game in the regular season than” Monday Night Football “against a division opponent. It’s just special. ” referred the veteran.

Roethlisberger is in his 18th NFL season and in the final year of his contract with the Steelers. He is 39 years old and will turn 40 in March, and he has also seen all his classmates from the 2004 draft class, such as Eli Manning and Philip Rivers, putting an end to his careers in the recent past, which is why he is expected to be next.