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By: KDKA-TV Web Team

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After 18 years, Ben Roethlisberger is, in his own words, “cleaning out his locker and hanging up his cleats” as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Roethlisberger, who had been the Steelers’ quarterback since 2004 and won two Super Bowls, saw praise from a successful career begin to pour in as soon as the announcement was official.

Congratulations on an amazing career @_BigBen7 and good luck in your next chapter.

— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) January 27, 2022

“He truly represents what a Pittsburgh Steeler is,” his former head coach Bill Cowher said in a tweet.

Ben- There are not enough words in a tweet to do you justice. You gave of yourself over and over again for the love of the game, the love of Pittsburgh,and the love of this Steelers team. There will never be another like you and I am looking forward to your future. -Rock

— Rocky Bleier (@RockyBleier) January 27, 2022

“Ben – There are not enough words in a tweet to do you justice,” Rocky Bleier said on Twitter. “You gave of yourself over and over again for the love of the game, the love of Pittsburgh, and the love of this Steelers team. There will never be another like you and I am looking forward to your future.”

A message from some of @_BigBen7's teammates:#ThankYou7

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 27, 2022

Brett Keisel, Alan Faneca, and even Tommy Maddox gave Ben their congratulations.


— ????️at McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 27, 2022

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Short and sweet from Pittsburgh native and former NFL punter Pat McAfee.

This sequence. Thought I was ready for it. I wasn’t. #ThankYew7 @_BigBen7

— Tone Digs (@ToneDigz) January 27, 2022

McAfee’s co-host Tone Digz also looked back on the career.

It wasn’t just limited to Steelers, former Steelers, and coaches.

It was rivals, too.

Respect to an all-time rival ????

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 27, 2022

It was a true rivalry as Ben posted a 17-10 record against Baltimore.

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Even Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, offered kudos.

Ben defied the TB12 Method in favor of the “Throw Some Ice On It” method his whole career, and ended up an all-time-great with 6 Pro-Bowls and 2 Super Bowls. There’s more than one way to bake a cake!

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 27, 2022

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Tom Daley on ‘Gross’ Anti-Trans Laws, LGBTQ Rights, Retirement, Being a Dad, and Body Anxiety

Earlier this week, inside the Stonewall Bar for the very first time, the site of the landmark, much-storied riots of 1969, Tom Daley felt goosebumps.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is such a historic place. If only these walls could talk,’” Daley, the Olympic gold, multi-championship and medal-winning out-gay diver, told The Daily Beast. “This place is the start and heart of modern gay liberation. It felt really amazing to be there. For me, it was this moment of…” Daley paused. “Gratitude was the big emotion for me, for everything that LGBTQ people who came before me have fought for and done. I love the fact it still exists, and we can go there.”

    As New York life streamed by the Midtown coffee shop we met at, it was the present state of LGBTQ politics and equality that was exercising the 27-year-old—he turns 28 Saturday—athlete, TV presenter, and now self-described “twunk.” An untouched Junior’s cheesecake sat between us, a gift from ABC’s GMA, just one of Daley’s stops on a whirlwind 48-hour trip to promote the American publication of his memoir, Coming Up for Air (HarperCollins).

    “There were so many hard bits when looking back through my life, like losing my dad, having to relive the experience of the 2016 Rio Olympics, where I thought diving might be over for me,” Daley told The Daily Beast. “Two words sum up my career: perseverance and resilience. I keep going and bounce back from injuries and anything else that happens.”

    Soon, Daley would talk about grief, body image, knowing and valuing queer history, the joy of fatherhood, wanting more children, his love for husband Dustin Lance Black, contemplating retirement, being a sex object, and—of course—his fervent passion for knitting. But first he forcefully denounced the rise in transphobic and homophobic lawmaking in Britain and America, condemning the over 300 anti-LGBTQ bills originating from Republican-run legislatures—many focused on preventing trans teenagers from playing sports at school or accessing gender-affirming care. Daley also let rip on Boris Johnson’s U.K. government’s plan to outlaw conversion therapy—but only for LGB people, not trans people.

    “It makes me feel really sad, quite honestly,” Daley said. “For so long you hear the argument people’s sexuality and gender identity should not be discussed at a young age. But then children see images of love stories between men and women. That’s pushing ‘sexuality’ and ‘gender identity’ on to kids, but it’s seen as acceptable. If it is two men kissing, it suddenly becomes hyper-sexualized in those politicians’ minds. For my generation growing up, a marriage was seen as between a man and woman. Now kids are being taught marriage can be between two people. That’s good, and something really powerful.”

    “Trans people are being put in impossible situations. What happens if they can’t have gender-affirming care, and they can’t play sports? They’re constantly being pushed away and shut out.”— Tom Daley

    Daley, who last week won an Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award at the Sports Industry Awards in London, strongly condemned anti-trans prejudice and lawmaking. “Imagine being unhappy in the body you’re in and feeling trapped in it. Listening to those trans people, and ensuring they have gender-affirming care, saves lives,” Daley said. “In certain states, there is an effort to take control of what people can and cannot be. I think everybody should be themselves completely and unapologetically themselves. It is what makes everybody unique and interesting, and can help us come together to create a beautiful and diverse world.”

    Sports, Daley says, “should be the most inclusive place for all. Nobody should be discriminated against in sport. Of course there is a lot everybody needs to learn and understand the science. But at no point should trans people be banned or told they cannot do something they love to do. It’s amazing to win medals, but sports is about more than winning medals. It is about taking part in something you love alongside other people who feel the same. Let’s do it all together. I love sport, and I think everybody should have the opportunity to be involved in it.

    “You’ve got states who won’t give young trans people gender-affirming care, and then you’ve got lawmakers and certain sports saying ‘You can’t play’ in this or that category. Trans people are being put in impossible situations. What happens if they can’t have gender-affirming care, and they can’t play sports? They’re constantly being pushed away and shut out. I feel extremely strongly people should be able to compete in the sports they love to do.”

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