See Ben Roethlisberger's Video Message to Steelers Fans as He Announces Retirement

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement on Thursday in a video message posted to Twitter.

The video, which was posted by the BigBen7 Twitter account, began by showing highlights from the Steelers 2004 draft, where they took Roethlisberger as the 11th overall pick.

"I don't know how to put into words what the game of football has meant to me and what a blessing it has been. While I know with confidence I have given my all to the game, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all it has given me," Roethlisberger said in the video. "Blessed with the honor of 18 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steeler and a place to call home."

The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback talked about the relationships he made during his time with the Steelers and said, "yet the time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children. I retire from football a truly grateful man."

As Roethlisberger talked about his love for the Steelers and the game of football, the video showed numerous highlights from his time with the team, such as pictures with Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin as well as several of his former teammates.

"To Steeler nation, the best fans in all of sport, thank you for accepting and supporting me as your quarterback over the years. Football has been a gift and I thank God for allowing me to play it," Roethlisberger can be heard saying as the video ends.

Roethlisberger played his final game with the Steelers on January 16, where the team lost in the AFC Wild Card game against the Kansas City Chiefs 42-21.

Ahead of the Steelers' January 3 game against the Cleveland Browns, Roethlisberger teased his retirement, saying "Looking at the bigger picture, I would say all signs are pointing to this could be it —regular season, that is."

"Almost half my life I've given to this city, this team and the fans," Roethlisberger said during a press conference earlier this month.

Following the video, the Steelers Twitter account responded by thanking Roethlisberger for his time with the team and said that his career was worthy of a Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket.

"For everything you've done for the organization, the city, and for the game. #ThankYou7," the Steelers wrote in another tweet with a picture of Roethlisberger.

In addition to winning two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers, Roethlisberger garnered several other accolades during his 18-year career, such as the 2004 NFL Rookie of the Year, six Pro-Bowl selections and holding the NFL record for most 500-yard passing games, with four.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday, January 27, 2022. Above, Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a first quarter pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. David Eulitt/Getty