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Ben Roethlisberger shoots down report of not wanting to play in 2020

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback made sure the fan base knew his intentions heading into the offseason.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, have been the center of some football talk the past few days when ESPN’s Chris Mortenson stated the Steelers’ franchise quarterback wasn’t sure if he was going to play in 2020 after having surgery to repair his injured elbow.

This sentiment went over like a lead balloon with the Steelers’ fan base, but those who kept a realistic lens on how they view the team knew there was no guarantee with a 38 year old quarterback coming off a surgically repaired elbow on this throwing arm.

Nonetheless, fans who use social media likely woke up on Christmas morning with the below picture/message from Roethlisberger, and his family, via his various verified accounts.

Ah, but there was more...

This should make the Steelers’ fan base feel better about the 2020 season, but, again, it should be noted how a quarterback coming off a season where he had to have his throwing arm surgically repaired is anything but certain.

Roethlisberger’s intentions are good, and where the fans should want them if they feel he would be able to lead the team back to the Super Bowl with the defense they have assembled this season. But the reality is until Roethlisberger throws, which is reportedly not until February/March, both he, and the Steelers, won’t know what to expect moving forward.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for their regular season finale vs. the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17.