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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger on playing next season: ‘I’m leaning towards it’

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 15: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and running back Le'Veon Bell (26) leave the field at halftime of the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on January 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
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According to a Sunday morning report Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter, Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is more likely to suit up next season than not. While the oft-injured signal caller has contemplated retirement since the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, it appears that Roethlisberger will be back in the “Steel City” come 2017-2018.

“I’m leaning towards it,” said Roethlisberger.

The 35-year-old quarterback is a 13-year NFL veteran and has notably spent his entire professional career in Pittsburgh. He was originally selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the first-round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Miami (OH).

Despite encountering a laundry list of injury woes throughout the years, Roethlisberger has appeared in at least 12 regular season games in each season since initially breaking into the league back in 2004-2005. Most recently, he appeared in 14 regular season games en route to leading the Steelers to yet another postseason appearance.

As a result of the 2016-2017 campaign, Roethlisberger compiled 328 completions and a 64.4 completion percentage. He also managed to record 29 touchdowns against 13 interceptions while posting a total of 3,819 yards through the air.

It is also worth noting that he has registered at least 4,000 passing yards on four different occasions. His most recent 4,000-yard season came in 2014-2015 as he notably eclipsed such a mark in two consecutive seasons at that point.

Last season, the Steelers won the AFC North division while coming up short in the AFC Championship Game against the eventual champion New England Patriots.

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