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Steelers’ Legendary QB1 Ben Roethlisberger Emphatically Answered Fans Question About Whether He’d Consider Being An OC

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Steelers’ Legendary QB1 Ben Roethlisberger Emphatically Answered Fans Question About Whether He’d Consider Being An OC

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has struggled during the 2022 NFL season and fans have been less than enthusiastic about the offensive coordinator, Matt Canada. The Steelers have managed three victories this season and are 3-1 when they score 20 points or more. Pittsburgh fans on social media have been calling for a Steelers legendary signal caller to come out of retirement and take the offensive coordinator position.

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The Footbahlin with Ben Roethlisberger podcast episode 12 was released on Tuesday and KDKA’s Bob Pompeani joined Ben Roethlisberger and Spencer T’eo. Pompeani has been working at KDKA for 40 years and has been the Steelers preseason play by play voice on television for over 20 seasons. Roethlisberger is new to the podcast game, and they asked the KDKA veteran how he thought social media had changed the landscape of sports coverage:

“I think it’s good if they do it right,” Pompeani said about athletes who podcasts. “Bad if not. I think there is so much stuff that spreads, who knows where it comes from, the fake accounts. That’s what I hate most about it. Is it right, is it wrong, do you rush to judgement? That’s the other thing that’s changed, people are rushing to get things on first rather than get it right. Sometimes you don’t have to be first, you just have to be right with it.”

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ARLINGTON, TX – FEBRUARY 06: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers as they play against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Pompeani has been working in sports media for a long time and when he started in 1982, the rate that information flowed to the public was radically different. Being wrong when you had time to research and verify could kill a career, now too often being wrong is just par for the course. The cycle spins so quickly that accuracy rarely is as important as a splashy headline. Athletes talking directly to their fans via Tik Tok, Instagram and Twitter to tell their story is refreshing access when the personality is aware and controlling the information directly.

“I’ve seen some,” Pompeani comments on players podcasts. “I think Ryan Clark has a really good one, and you [athletes] can get connections with others that we can’t. You know what I’m saying, you [Roethlisberger] have all these people you have met over the years and reveal conversations most people would never see, which is great.”

The legendary broadcaster succinctly points out the advantage to an athlete who uses his platform to discuss topics in a comfortable long form environment from a shared experience. Professional skilled interviewers like Dan Patrick, Jim Rome and Pompeani are good at drawing out answers from athletes, but they are still on the other side of the conversation.

“Would you want to do this [broadcasting] for a living,” Pompeani turned the tables on Roethlisberger. “Tom Brady was offered $320 million by FOX.”

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“You know what, I love my family too much.” Roethlisberger stated. “I don’t want to be away from the family. I guess if you did something locally you could do it. To do games, that kind of stuff, it doesn’t intrigue me right now. I’m enjoying coaching my son’s fourth grade basketball team. I should probably clarify, it’s not about that for me. Family is priceless, you can’t put a price on being with my kids.”

The future Pittsburgh Hall of Famer couched what will be perceived as a shot at Tom Brady’s current family situation. In context, he did not seem to be intentionally singling out the Brady divorce, just answering within the framework of the question. Roethlisberger’s commitment to family is admirable and his growing podcast allows him to keep a toe in football without a serious time commitment.

“I’ll ask this next question, because we get it all the time,” Pompeani concludes. “Put Ben in the booth, bring him back as the offensive coordinator, he can call plays. I answer for you and say there is no way he’d do that because of the time commitment, is that right?”

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 08: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Roethlisberger was a master of improvisation on the football field and earned the nickname “Backyard Ben” from teammates for drawing plays in the huddle. He seemed to be at his best during no huddle situations where he called at least 95% of the plays himself.

“No, no way,” Roethlisberger emphatically stated.

He did not elaborate or leave any ambiguity. At this point in his retirement, Roethlisberger has zero interest in professional coaching. The former quarterback could probably take over the job, but if he doesn’t want to spend time away from the family broadcasting, it is extremely unlikely that he will ever consider the long hours that coordinating would require.

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The Steelers face off against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium and his son’s 10th birthday weekend will include taking a group of his friends to watch the game. The retired Steelers signal caller seems quite content to attend the game as a fan and host a weekly podcast from his home. After a bruising 18-year career, he has earned the right to do what he wants, and it is refreshing to see a modern player prioritize his family as what he wants to do and mean it.


What do you think, Steeler Nation? Are you happy to see Ben Roethlisberger enjoying a well-deserved rest? Please comment below, or on my Twitter @thebubbasq.

I have been rooting for the Steelers actively since 1975. I love the Black and Gold and support them through thick and thin. I am a Navy Veteran, living in Jacksonville, FL and never miss a chance to go to the neutral site games here in Jacksonville. I am new to the Steeler Nation website, but I love discussing Steelers Past, Present and Future.



  1. Nora Keenan

    November 16, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Ben can do whatever he and his wife decide to do. It’s admirable for him to want to be with his family and be there for his kids. Money isn’t everything. Family is. And Ben seems like a smart enough guy to have done some of lucrative things with the money he has made. Good for him

  2. Nicholas viglione

    November 17, 2022 at 7:34 am

    It was definitely a shot at brady come on man. I hate brady but that’s low blow js

  3. Christopher Losser

    November 17, 2022 at 8:13 am

    I absolutely positively respect Ben roethlisberger for his decision to put his family first I think Tom Brady is a piece of s*** for choosing football over his family that’s selfish Big Ben shows that he was selfish for 18 years playing for the Steelers and for himself and now he’s playing for his family that is commendable. Now I’m saying that I think it would be awesome if Ben did take over your friends of coordinator position I think he would do a phenomenal job because of all he did in the 18 years as our quarterback he learned the game from within Canada is trying to play college ball at the NFL level he needs to go back to college

  4. Leonard Taylor

    November 17, 2022 at 9:16 am

    I understand that this is his retirement and he is very happy with being able to be with his family. I would not want to take that away from him. I would love for him to come and help us out with coming to our rescue. I know that right now is not a good idea for him to help coach. But the Steelers need to stand on their own feet and get **** done right. Especially when they decide to get rid of great players. The Clay Poole thing was ridiculous to me. It is definitely done now. But they have to pick up the pieces and get moving. They will and can move forward and make things work.

  5. Slick304

    November 17, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Good for you Ben you earned it now enjoy it Brady would rather be away from his family and make that money but to each his own

  6. Allen Dennison

    November 18, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Ben we enjoyed you for the 18years of memories you gave us Steelers Fans. You are absolutely right. Time with your family 👪 is priceless. For the Bible says that if a man doesn’t take care of his home. He is worst than an infidel. I know you are man faith so continue honoring your family and holdin them high. They will cherish you for it. Divorce is the most destructive thing placed on the family. God says he hates divorce, because of its lasting effect on children. I pray for Tom Brady that he heals and get his priorities in order. Stay strong Big Ben.

  7. Rosie Lowe

    November 18, 2022 at 9:43 am

    That was not a cheap shot at Tom Brady. It is refreshing to see and hear a man put his family first. Kids grow up so fast and Ben and his wife made their choice to put family first. Kudos Ben!

  8. James Biasella

    November 18, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Ben gave me and Steelers nation his all for 18 years. He gave us 2 more rings and came so close to a few more. He was a great leader,player and Steeler. He absolutely deserves to be happy with his family and his post football life. Thanks Big Ben for every play.

  9. Rick Kirk

    November 19, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Loved watching the guy! How fun was it with AB, Lev and Ben! I hope he takes a long time away. Much easier to do in the day of podcasts. You can’t get that tie with your kids back. He is so competitive we may see him back as coach, commentator, etc. It’s time now to have fun watching Kenny and the kids grow! Go Steelers!

  10. Denise McDonald

    November 21, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I want to say Ben did us all good now it’s time for him to be happy with his wife and kids …That makes him a great husband and a great father !!! We already know he was one of the great quarterbacks …. Let him enjoy retirement . . You are awesome Ben

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