Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger basically said over the offseason that he’s playing on a year-to-year basis after admittedly contemplating retirement. Yet, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the media has embellished the entire situation.
“You guys ran to the moon and back,” Tomlin said when asked about Roethlisberger’s retirement talk, per NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Tomlin is being extra supportive of Roethlisberger during a tough period for the 14-year quarterback. Roethlisberger’s played like he has one foot out of the door this season, especially in the team’s 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in which he threw a career-worst 5 interceptions.
There are overblown stories in the media all the time. Roethlisberger’s flirtation with retirement is not one of them. The quarterback makes it a story by staying that he’s thinking about life after football and his mediocre play of late just magnifies the retirement speculation. The best medicine for all this is winning and, of course, Roethlisberger playing better.
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