Towards the end of his 18th season in Pittsburgh, the 39-year-old has the fifth-most passing yards in NFL story – His 63,721 yards put him second behind all-time leader Tom Brady among active players and more than twice as much as any other Steelers quarterback.
Still, any hope of catching Brett Favre in the fourth round should be dashed, with Roethlisberger indicating that – while not talking about a “definition” or “guarantee” – Monday will be his last regular-season outing in Pittsburgh.
“Looking at the big picture, I would say all the signs are that this could be it – the regular season, that is,” Roethlisberger told reporters Thursday.
“I know we still have a chance of potentially getting a playoff game there if things go wrong and we get on with the business and things have to happen. But, in the grand scheme of things – in terms of regular seasons – there are signs that this could be the case. “
Tier 7-7-1 for the season in the AFC North with the Browns (7-8) and Baltimore Ravens (8-7) coming in, the Steelers remain looking for a playoff berth that would extend potentially the long duration of Roethlisberger. goodbye and give him a chance for a third Super Bowl title.
Although it took a major collapse for the Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) to win the division, two back-to-back wins in their last two games could see the Steelers sneak in like a wild card.
“If it’s my last regular season game [at Heinz Field], it’s going to be one of the most important games of my career, ”Roethlisberger added.
“I had the chance to play in front of the best fans of all sports in the best place. What better way to have a potential final regular season game than Monday Night Football against a divisional opponent?
“I just want to win the football game, that’s all that matters to me.”
Leading up to Monday’s game – and every NFL game this weekend – there will be a minute of silence in honor of the late John Madden, 85.
The legendary Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster is dead Tuesday, and a note sent to all home teams by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – got by ESPN’s Adam Schefter – requested a seven second silence before the national anthem.
“Ladies and gentlemen, earlier this week the NFL family lost a coach, broadcaster and Hall of Famer friend with the passing of John Madden,” the stadium announcement recommended in the memo read.
“Right now, please stand up and participate in a moment of silent reflection in memory of John Madden which has made an indelible impact on football, the NFL and generations of fans.”
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