Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has always had a physical style of play, and those repeated hits take their toll.
“After you play a physical game, you feel like an old quarterback,” Roethlisberger said, per Steel Curtain. “But I’m more worried about winning football games. Not stats.”
Roethlisberger turned 35 in March. The offseason saw rumors swirling that he was mulling over retirement. It never looked like he was that close to it, but age is clearly on his mind. He knows this isn’t a game that you can play forever and that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, still playing at 40 years old, is the exception, not the rule.
As far as statistics go, Roethlisberger wasn’t as dominant on Sunday as he’s been in the past. He threw for only 216 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. With weapons like wide receiver Antonio Brown, one would think he’d want to be in the 300-yard, 2-3 touchdown range every week. However, he stressed that he really doesn’t care.
In fact, he said he “could care less about his statistics,” according to Steel Curtain. He stressed that he was proud of the way he played in the win over the Baltimore Ravens and said that he cares only about turnovers and wins. Nothing else.