Over the summer, Ben Roethlisberger hinted that he could retire after the 2017 season. That might seem strange and far-fetched considering Roethlisberger is currently quarterbacking a 10-2 Steelers team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, but it's really not impossible to believe when you factor in what he said following the team's comeback win over the Bengals on Monday night, when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier departed the game with a serious back injury and spent the night in the hospital. When Big Ben reflected on that moment during an interview with his radio show on KDKA-FM (a CBS Sports Radio station) on Tuesday, he pointed out that plays like that make him "really evaluate things." "People get all over me for saying you have to contemplate every year on if you want to keep going," Roethlisberger said, per TribLive.com. "Plays like this make you really evaluate things. "That's why I say it's a smart thing to do. It's a violent game. And this game (against the Bengals) always seems to be that way. "It's crazy this sport we play." He added that while he'd let his son play football, he hopes he plays golf instead. (For more quotes from the interview, head to CBS Pittsburgh.) The moment in question occurred during the first quarter of the Steelers' 23-20 win, when Shazier made a hard tackle with his head down. He remained on the ground for several minutes before he was carried off the field on a stretcher. He was immediately transported to a hospital, where he remained overnight.
Ben Roethlisberger: Shazier injury makes you 'evaluate things,' hope son plays golf
CBS Sports | Dec 5