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AFC North preview: Ben Roethlisberger gives the Steelers another year of hope

AFC North preview: Ben Roethlisberger gives the Steelers another year of hope

Now it can be told: Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement rumba in January was nothing more than a hypothetical exercise, no reason for Pittsburgh Steelers fans to hit the panic button.

“It was just thoughts,” the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback told a radio show in Pittsburgh of his retirement musings. “It was just, I think, a prudent thing to do. Maybe I should’ve worded it like,‘Hey, I’m probably coming back, but I need to consider all my options.’ It had nothing to do with the [loss to New England in the AFC championship] and this and that.

“It really was all about football, life and what’s going on at my age.”

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