Ben Roethlisberger is retiring from football after 18 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, but what will the now-former quarterback do next?
Many former NFL passers have found themselves as hot tickets in the broadcasting world, with Drew Brees, Peyton and Eli Manning and Tony Romo working games for CBS, ESPN and NBC this season.
Brees and Romo worked as color commentators, while the Manning brothers hosted their own secondary feed of the Monday Night Football broadcast.
But Ben Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner, doesn’t see that in the cards for the Steelers’ great. In an interview with Sports Business Journal this week, Tollner said he doesn’t see Roethlisberger jumping into another public-facing line of work.
“I don’t think he has any aspirations to do anything in the public eye,” Tollner said. “He is so invested in his family and being as present to them as he can be. …
“He and his dad are working on a plan to host some father-and-son retreats on some land they own outside of Pittsburgh that will be very faith-centered and really try to enrich the bond between fathers and sons.”
That’s what Roethlisberger brought up first when asked about his future plans in the immediate aftermath of the Steelers’ season-ending loss at Kansas City: family.
“Being a husband and a father, you never take a day off,” Roethlisberger said. “You’ve got to keep going. So as we move from one chapter to the next, it’s going to be different, it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a new challenge, and I’m looking forward to it.”