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Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger isn't going anywhere: plans to quarterback for 3-5 more years

Pittsburgh drafted Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph as No. 76 overall pick in the NFL Draft, which raised questions on if the franchise was preparing to replace Ben Roethlisberger.


Kahron Spearman


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he plans to play three to five more seasons if he can stay upright with help from the offensive line, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

Pittsburgh drafted Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph as No. 76 overall pick in last week's NFL draft, which raised questions on if the franchise was preparing a young gun to replace the future Hall of Famer. 

If [Mason Rudolph] going to be their guy, that's great; but in my perfect world, it's not going to be for a while.

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback has been contemplating retirement for the last few offseasons. However, it appears the selection of the talented Rudolph, and the fact that he recently turned 36 years old, has put a battery in his back. 

 

"I went and talked to Art [Rooney, owner] and Coach [Mike Tomlin] and coach Randy [Fichtner] and basically said, listen, I can't control -- barring major injuries, barring things at home, and things out of your control -- the way my body feels," Roethlisberger said to the Post-Gazette. "The way our O-line is put together, as good as they are, they kept me healthy as can be the last couple of years. I really feel I can play this game another three to five years."

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