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Former Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown has uplifting words for Ben Roethlisberger before what is believed to be his last home game at Heinz Field.
Long before he was a disgraced Buccaneer, Antonio Brown was a proud Pittsburgh Steeler. And long before he started pronouncing Ben Roethlisberger to the media, he affectionately called him “Billy”.
Last year, Brown tried to clear the air with Roethlisberger and issued an Instagram apology that included how Brown “never knew how good” he was with Big Ben.
Although Brown’s NFL career is probably over, he is not willing to accept that this is necessarily the case for Roethlisberger.
“It’s not over for Ben yet,” Brown said. “I know everyone’s wondering if this is his last game in Pittsburgh tonight and if it would end like this, but it might not end like this.
“I know Ben, he’s a competitor, he loves playing football, one of the greatest ever, and I just can not see him hanging it up.”
Antonio Brown does not believe this will be Ben Roethlisberger’s last home game in the NFL
In his message, Brown emphasizes how Roethlisberger did not say that his career was over or that it was his last fight at Heinz Field, Roethlisberger seems to think his career is coming to an end.
On December 30, Roethlisberger told the media that although he would not speak definitively, all indications are that this will be his last home game at Heinz Field.
While Brown is kind to remember his former teammate’s talent and perseverance, Roethlisberger has been a shell of himself all season. Almost all major quarterbacks have fallen victim to the time as they approach the 40-year mark, showing a sharp drop in arm strength and the ability to run down the pitch.
Many have demanded that Big Ben be put on the bench all season, including another former Roethlisberger teammate, Ryan Clark.
Brown’s message seems to be completely out of touch with what the rest of the NFL expects, and even what Roethlisberger imagines will happen after Week 18. The Steelers still have a chance in the playoffs, but the chance of Roethlisberger becoming Pittsburgh’s quarterback in 2022 is slim to none.