Ben Roethlisberger’s Next Play: Life After Football for Steelers Legend Big Ben

Ben Roethlisberger’s Next Play: Life After Football for Steelers Legend Big Ben

Iconic quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement in January 2022 closed the book on one of the most successful careers in NFL history. But where do Big Ben’s accomplishments rank among the all-time greats? And what is the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers star up to now in the next phase of his life?

“The journey has been exhilarating, fueled by a spirit of competition,” Roethlisberger said when announcing his departure from the field in 2022. “Yet the time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats, and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children. I retire from football a truly grateful man.”

Over 18 seasons, all spent in Pittsburgh in black and gold, Roethlisberger established himself as one of the fiercest competitors and most reliable crunch-time performers ever under center.

A first-round draft pick in 2004 — 11th overall — the 6-foot-5, 240-pound playmaker made an instant impact, earning AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year while leading the Steelers to a 15-1 record. By his second season, defying all odds, Roethlisberger was a Super Bowl champion.

When the final whistle blew on his career, Roethlisberger ranked in the top 10 in both passing yards and touchdowns. His 165 wins are fifth-most by a QB ever. Add in a host of Steelers franchise records, two Super Bowl titles, plenty of last-minute comebacks, and six Pro Bowl nods, and Roethlisberger has a strong case as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.

What’s Big Ben up to in Retirement?

While he’s hung up the cleats, Roethlisberger is staying plenty active in football and community endeavors during this next phase of life.

Roethlisberger gave some aspiring Steelers the thrill of a lifetime by assuming an assistant coaching role with the Fighting Quakers, a youth football team of 9- and 10-year-olds in Quaker Valley, Pennsylvania.

He also continues championing causes through his Roethlisberger Family Foundation, with an emphasis on supporting police and fire department K-9 units.

Roethlisberger said, “I think as professional athletes we have a duty to give back to the community that has given so much to us. We have been blessed as athletes and put on a pedestal and so it’s great for us as athletes to be able to use that pedestal and use our recognition to give back just a little bit of what has been given to us.”

Additionally, he works closely with the Light of Life Rescue Mission, a Pittsburgh nonprofit helping those struggling with poverty and addiction rebuild their lives. Along with his wife, Ashley, and their three children, he’s also active in Christ Church at Grove Farm.

“CCGF is our home church and has been for many years now,” Ben Roethlisberger shared. “My family all goes there and it has really become an amazing church family for us. The amount of friends and amazing people we have met at that church is really just something you could never put a price tag on. The many charitable missions that the church reaches and helps support really align with our family values and what we want to do in life as well.”

Roethlisberger seems at peace walking away on his own terms. He gave his heart and soul to football for 18 years, establishing a bond with Steelers fans that won’t soon be forgotten — but that doesn‘t mean he isn’t enjoying a full life off the field.

Now, the larger-than-life figure is focused on making a difference in small but meaningful ways, spending more time with loved ones, and exploring new passions. It’s the start of an exciting chapter for one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved sports icons.

For Steelers Nation, Roethlisberger’s competitiveness, resilience, and heart will live on in their fondest memories.

Clare Louise

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