The Steelers’ first-round pick in 2020, Ben Roethlisberger, will be 78 years old when he makes his retirement announcement on Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the decision confirmed to CBSSports.com.
Roethlinberger will be the oldest player to ever lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, surpassing the 60-year-old Roger Staubach, who retired in 2002 after a 10-year run with the team.
He will be 88 when the Steelers host the New York Giants in the AFC title game on Sunday.
It’s the oldest coach in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl, surpassed only by the late Pete Carroll, who won his final title in 2002 with the Seahawks.
Roetherlisberger is entering the final year of a four-year contract extension worth $40 million.
It was originally set to expire after the 2018 season.
The Steelers announced the extension in December but opted not to make a formal announcement until the end of the year.
Roecheltisberger will officially become the oldest active coach in the NFL.
Roertheimers team motto is “Big Ben is No. 1.”
“Big ben is no. 1, but there are so many good guys on this team, like (offensive coordinator) Joe DeCamillis and (quarterback) Ryan Mallett, and there’s so many great people on this football team, that Big Ben is not just the number one, he’s No. 2,” said Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert in a statement announcing the deal.
Roebiellisberger’s first Super Bowl victory came in 2016, when he threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter to send the Steelers to a 16-13 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Roethes Steelers won the AFC North with the 2016 season after a 4-12 season in 2017.
They’ll open the season at home against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.
Roethells final year as head coach will end with a playoff appearance in 2020.
Roepellisberger will receive a $1.7 million signing bonus, which will be paid over five years with $2.7 in incentives for a total of $3.2 million, according to CBS Sports.
Steelers president Kevin Colbert said Roethlibers retirement announcement would be “a fitting end to an incredible career.”
Roethlberger said in a tweet that he was “blessed to have been able to contribute” to the Steelers.
“It’s a great honor and I’m looking forward to celebrating with the Steelers family for the next 5 years,” Roethlings tweet read.
Steelers owner Art Rooney II said the team is “going to miss” Roethilzberger.
Roettlisberger’s retirement will come just a day after Steelers quarterback Ryan Malletis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mallet was the Steelers’ backup in 2016 and was selected No. 7 overall in the draft by the Baltimore Ravens in 2021.
He became a three-time Pro Bowler and played in the Superbowl, when the Ravens beat the Steelers 35-28.
Roehltliberger’s father, Tom, is a retired NFL player.