The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to take on the Philadelphia Eagles this week, and for Ben Roethlisberger, some bad memories of his opponent remain.
The Steelers' star quarterback told 93.7 The Fan on Thursday that he actually contemplated retiring from the game of football after he took eight sacks en route to a 15-6 loss to Philly back in 2008.
"I'm not a big 'remembering games' type guy, especially losses, but that's one that I do remember vividly," Roethslisberger said of the 2008 game. "I remember getting sacked eight or nine times. I remember driving home from the airport after that game and thinking to myself like, 'Do I want to keep doing this? Do I really want to keep playing football?'"
Roethlisberger's is know for being able to escape the pocket and extend plays after they appear dead in the water. Unfortunately for him, holding onto the ball that long makes him especially susceptible to sacks. On that day the Eagles' defensive front absolutely terrorized the Steelers offense, leaving Big ben wondering if it was all worth the risk.
" ... No joke, I called Brett Keisel and we were talking, and he was like, 'Why don't you just stop over?'" Roethlisberger said. "It was kind of on my way home. I stopped over at his house and sat down in his basement for a couple of hours and we just talked and had a couple of beers and I was literally like, 'This is not fun, this is not really worth it.' We talked and got over it."
It all worked out in the end, as the Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl at the end of the 2008 season. Roethlisberger enters Sunday's battle of undefeated teams leading yet another explosive Pittsburgh offense, and remains one of the NFL's elite passers eight years later.
Source: CBS Sports · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press