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Ben Roethlisberger on Pittsburgh: 'I was born in Ohio, but I live here. I’ll always be here'

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

While Ben Roethlisberger didn't fill the stat sheet in his final game at Heinz Field against the Browns, he was still victorious, and that's all that matters. Roethlisberger completed 24 of 46 passes (52.2%) for 123 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a quarterback rating of 56.3. Roethlisberger averaged just 2.7 yards per pass attempt.

"It wasn't pretty, but like I said out on the field, feels like that's been my style," Roethlisberger said after the game. "Not pretty but finding a way to win. I think that's 92 wins here at Heinz Field, and that's what it's always been about for me, is winning football games. This is one more and it's very special."

Including the playoffs, Roethlisberger now has 98 career wins at Heinz Field, which tied Brett Favre for the third-most wins by a starting quarterback at a single venue, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He trails only Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium (135) and John Elway at Mile High Stadium (104).

Steelers fans were fortunate to see a lot of great moments by Roethlisberger at Heinz Field. However, there's a beginning and ending to everything. And Roethlisberger's career after 18 seasons is at the end of the road now.

ESPN did a fantastic job of capturing Roethlisberger's final moments at Heinz Field, which included this great shot of Roethlisberger walking with his family in the tunnel.

Here's the full video of the scene. What a moment for Roethlisberger and his family.

As Roethlisberger moves on from his 18-year Hall of Fame career and goes on with his life's work, Roethlisberger says he'll remain in Pittsburgh. Even though he's from Ohio, Roethlisberger is now a Yinzer.

“I love this place. This is home,” Roethlisberger said. “I was born in Ohio, but I live here. I’ll always be here. ...“To see all the signs and the jerseys and the towels, it means the world to me. I’ve always said we have the best fans in all of sports. I’ll say that until the day I die.”

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