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Roethlisberger era over after QB’s official announcement

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement at 10:01 a.m. Thursday through a social media video.

“Yet the time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children,” Roethlisberger said. “I retire from football a truly grateful man.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement Thursday morning. Butler Eagle file photo

Roethlisberger was drafted 11th in the 2004 NFL draft and has spent his entire career with the team. He was selected as the Offensive Rookie of the Year that year.

A two-time Super Bowl champion, he ends his career with 64,088 passing yards, 418 touchdown passes as well as making six Pro Bowls.

Atop the Steelers.com website, a banner at the top of the site featured multiple photos of Roethlisberger along with the words “Thank you.” There are also a number of generated articles and content about his accomplishments and career.