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Former Teammates, Coaches, Rivals Send Appreciation to Retiring Ben Roethlisberger

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Messages of well wishes, tributes and respect instantly started flooding social media almost immediately after the news of Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement became official.

Roethlisberger’s official Twitter account confirmed what many have been speculating for weeks Thursday morning with a video of the now former Steelers quarterback cleaning out his locker for the last time and announcing he is retiring from the NFL.

I’m addition to a slew of tweets from the Steelers, Bill Cowher, Roethlisberger’s first NFL head coach and the man he won Super Bowl LX with, tweeted a letter to his former quarterback.

Cowher details his love and appreciation in the letter. “It was an honor to coach Ben. He truly represent what a Pittsburgh Steeler is. He gave his heart and soul to the Steelers and the Pittsburgh community. He played with grit, determination and resiliency and his passion for the game was evident throughout his career.” The Hall of Fame coach goes on to say he knew Ben was a winner from his rookie year and he is proud of what he accomplished during his career.

Former teammates also expressed their thoughts upon hearing the news. Ramon Foster simply added “legend” as a quote to the announcement video tweet.

Mike Wallace agrees with Foster, tweeting “my guy, you went legend out there.”

Willie Colon tweeted “happy retirement, stud” along with a picture of Colon picking up a celebrating Roethlisberger.

 

Current teammate Joe Haden expressed his appreciation for having played with Roethlisberger the past 5 seasons.

Even the Baltimore Ravens joined in on the “Ben love fest with a classy “respect to an all-time rival comment. Roethlisberger earned his final NFL win in Baltimore in the final game of the regular season.

Fellow Steelers legend Rocky Bleier sent a message along stating “you gave yourself over and over again for the love of the game” among other kind words.

It’s clear Roethlisberger has earned the respect of his peers, rivals and elders. It’s also pretty clear he will one day earn the ultimate respect by being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame too.

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