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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field in 2022, for the first time since 2004, someone other than Ben Roethlisberger will be QB1.

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“The time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats, and continue to be all I can be for my wife and children,” Roethlisberger said in a video.

“I retire from football a truly grateful man.”

A message from Ben:@steelers #NFL #SteelersNation #ThankYou#HereWeGo #LoveAndHonor

— (@_BigBen7) January 27, 2022

After 18 seasons, two Super Bowl championships, and a third trip to the Super Bowl, the kid from Lima, Ohio that first stood under center for the black and gold, has called it a career.

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Roethlisberger was selected by the Steelers 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft and while rumors swirled this past season that it could be his last, today’s announcement makes it official.

“Putting that jersey on every Sunday with my brothers will always be one of the greatest joys of my life,” he said.

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We will have more on the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger throughout the day and the rest of the offseason.

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UFC Champion Has Perfect Plan That Leads to Retirement Fight This Year

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Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira revealed his “perfect plan” that leads to him retiring inside the Octagon later this year.

The 42-year-old combatant is scheduled for his first 205-pound title defense next month. He’ll battle No. 2-ranked Jiri Prochazka in the headlining act for UFC 275 on June 11. The event is set to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

During a recent interview with, laid out his ideal scenario for 2022 which will involve him fighting twice.

“The perfect plan would be winning this fight, which I have full focus on,” Teixeira said, as translated by MMA Fighting. “And fighting one last time in November, in New York, which is close to the city I live for 20 years, and close to my gym. It would be my farewell from fighting. That’s what I’m thinking right now.”

The 33-7 professional mixed martial artist won the belt in October 2021 when he dethroned then-champ Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267. Teixeira is the second-oldest reigning champion in UFC history.

When Teixeira Retires, He Doesn’t Want to Return

When Teixeira says he’s retired, he’ll mean it. He told the outlet that once he hangs up his gloves, it’ll be for good. He pointed to former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo as an example of a fighter who retired but continued to continuously campaign for fights.

“I’ll be 43 in November,” he said. “Regardless of being at the top, being the best of the world or not, I wanna stop this year. It will probably be my last year. I don’t wanna make this decision after a fight, but it’s what I’ve been thinking for a while. I don’t wanna retire like [Henry] Cejudo, who keeps asking for a fight all the time. I want to retire and stay cool.

“I think that’s the perfect plan. The perfect plan is to retire with the belt this year, but we have a lot to do. We have to see if it could be in New York, and I still have to beat a guy that is tough as hell. That’s my idea.”

Cejudo retired at UFC 249 in May 2020 and last month he announced his mixed martial arts comeback.

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