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The NFL community responds to the retirement of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

In a video uploaded on Twitter on Thursday, the quarterback, who spent his entire 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, confirmed the news.

“The journey has been exhilarating, fueled by a spirit of competition,” Roethlisberger 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.”

The retirement of the 39-year-old comes as no surprise, as he had all but declared in recent weeks that the Steelers' postseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month would be his final game.

The retirement of the 39-year-old comes as no surprise, as he had all but declared in recent weeks that the Steelers' postseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month would be his final game.

Roethlisberger, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds, was difficult to bring down for opposing rushers, and he was frequently able to stretch plays until he could find open receivers with his powerful arm. With the Steelers, he won Super Bowls XL and XLIII and was named to the Pro Bowl six times. He is highly certain to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he has the fifth-most throwing yards in NFL history (64,088).

“Ben has always been a fighter,” team-mate Cam Heyward said. “Always given us a chance. He’s battled a lot. He’s been rewarded with two Super Bowls, but we needed every bit of Ben Roethlisberger in every game he’s played. You can’t just replicate that.”

Despite his brilliance on the pitch, his early career was overshadowed by sexual assault allegations in 2009 and 2010. A civil complaint brought against him in 2009 in connection with an alleged event at Lake Tahoe was settled out of court. In March 2010, a lady in Georgia said he assaulted her in a pub, but authorities did not arrest him.

As a result, Roethlisberger was suspended for the start of the 2010 season under the NFL's personal conduct code, which culminated with Roethlisberger guiding the Steelers to their third Super Bowl appearance, a loss to the Green Bay Packers.

During Roethlisberger's nearly two decades as quarterback, the Steelers have never had a losing season.

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