Ben Roethlisberger has been the heart and soul of a tough-nosed Pittsburgh Steelers offense since being drafted in 2004.
The quarterback is so well loved, in fact, that All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey has gone so far as to say that he will retire when Big Ben retires.
“I say all the time: The moment he walks away, I’m walking right behind him,” Pouncey said of Big Ben, via CBS Sports . “You get so used to playing with that type, man, and I don’t know if I’m ready to walk into a huddle with another quarterback. I don’t think I’ll ever be.”
Pouncey, a former All-American while at the university of Florida, stated that he’s never been around a quarterback that commands respect like Roethlisberger — And that includes Tim Tebow.
“Some people might think different, but I think he’s the greatest guy in the world. The best leader. The best quarterback. If Ben told me to go swing on a guy? I’d run right over and do it.”
Interesting metaphor, but it gets the point across nonetheless.
At 34 years old, Roethlisberger is playing some of the best football of his prolific career and shows no signs of slowing down.
That being said, Big Ben has a tendency to take some big hits. And if Pouncey truly does plan on retiring alongside Ben, the Steelers may need a plan in place.