PITTSBURGH — Earlier this offseason, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned for yet another season after taking a $5 million pay cut, and said on Tuesday that it was his idea.
However, Roethlisberger does not seem to have an idea about what comes after the upcoming 2021 season at this juncture. Roethlisberger was asked just that on Tuesday, and he was mum on what his true plans are for himself and his football career after 2021.
“I’m going to approach this season like I approach every season — like it’s my last,” Roethlisberger said. “I think that’s the approach you have to take. You don’t approach it that way because this season could be your last, but because every play could be your last.”
The 39-year-old signal-caller that already owns the Steelers records for games and seasons played is seemingly focused on the present right now.
“I’ve never looked towards the future,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve always looked towards the right here and now. That’s what is important to me for this season. I’m giving everything I have right here, right now for this group of guys.”
Roethlisberger noted that this year, he came back because he feels he has “more left in the tank”. In doing so, the two-time Super Bowl champion is geared up and ready to go as he tries to capture his third Super Bowl title.
“I want to win a Super Bowl this year,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m giving my everything to win a Super Bowl this year.”
If Roethlisberger wants to return for another year, the Steelers and Roethlisberger will have to work out a new contract to keep Roethlisberger as the Steelers’ quarterback, as his re-worked deal will automatically void at the end of the 2021 season.