Recent rumors surrounding Ben Roethlisberger, and his possible retirement, have everyone in Steeler Nation contemplating life without Big Ben.
After spending the last 13 NFL seasons as the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Roethlisberger will not commit to playing in 2017, as his helath is now a major concern to him.
This announcement shocked the football world, including Hall of Fame running back, and Steelers' legend, Jerome Bettis.
"In my gut, I think Ben still has a couple more years of being a really, really high-level quarterback. It's hard to think he would walk away right now," Bettis said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News.
Bettis believes his former quarterback, with whom he won a Super Bowl with in 2005, just needs time to reflect and assess the damage he's sustained through the years.
"What you have to do is start to think about your mortality as a football player in terms of getting ready for the next season," he said. "You've got to get yourself prepared mentally, physically, and emotionally to play. You've got to ask yourself, 'Am I committed to it?'"
Source: The Sporting News · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press