Ben Roethlisberger won’t commit to playing past 2018

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger made it clear Sunday’s bitter loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be his last game as a pro, but he’s not ready to say how long he’ll play.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback reaffirmed his decision to play in 2018 during an interview with KDKA-FM radio. However, contradicting reports that he told teammates he wants to play three more years, Big Ben won’t commit to anything after the upcoming season.

“I am just playing them one year at a time, one game at a time, one season at a time,” Roethlisberger said, per triblive.com. “I’m excited to come back next year.

“I’m really excited about the potential we have and how close we have been,” Roethlisberger said. “We have a good chance (to win a Super Bowl).”

The Steelers are stacked. And as long as Le’Veon Bell doesn’t retire or hold out of the 2018 season should he get the franchise tag (as he’s threatened to do), this team will once again be a heavy favorite to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LIII.

Roethlisberger himself had a tremendous season. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 4,251 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Then, even in defeat in the playoff game against Jacksonville, Roethlisberger torched the league-leading pass defense for 469 yards and five touchdowns. Clearly, he has plenty left in the tank.