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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Discusses Taking Pay Cut, Playing Future



Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may be on the final stretch of his career, but if you ask him he is just taking things one day at a time in terms of his playing career, and the future.

“I’m going to approach this like I do every season: like it’s my last,” Roethlisberger said, according to’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. “I think that’s the approach you have to take, and you don’t approach it that way because it could be your last, but you approach it because every single play in the game of football could be your last…That just means I’m going out to give it everything I have. I’ve never looked toward the future. I’ve always looked toward the right here and now. That’s what’s important for me for this season is giving everything I have right here and right now for this group of guys.”

Roethlisberger struggled during the 2020 season, and a one-time powerhouse Steelers team completely crumbled following a red hot start.

Following the season, Roethlisberger agreed to a pay cut in order to continue playing for the Steelers, when many thought that it may be wise for the Steelers to finally move on from the future Hall of Famer.

“(The pay cut) was my idea,”Roehtlisberger said. “I told them I wanted to help the team out however we can, and so I went to them and told them I would do whatever I could to help the team sign the guys that are going to help us win football games….I wanted to come back to be a part of what I think is a special football team that everyone’s overlooking. In order to do that, to help get guys here, I felt that it was necessary to do that.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.