NFL Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to retire after the 2021 season

Written by Doug Rush

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to retire after the 2021 season

Back in the 2004 NFL Draft, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers came into the league and had Hall of Fame careers.

Manning retired after 2019 and Rivers did the same after 2020. It looks like Roethlisberger is the last one and latest who will end his career.

The 39-year-old had played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has had an up and down year with them.

At times, he’s looked ready to retire. Other weeks, he looks like the guy who won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh.

The Steelers have Mason Rudolph and former first round pick Dwayne Haskins, so it’s not clear if any of them could or will succeed Roethlisberger when he calls it a career.

The Steelers are 5-5-1 and still in the mix for the postseason, so his farewell tour could either be at the end of Week 18 or in a playoff game in January.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.

In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.

After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.

In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.

Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.