Big Ben’s stunningly honest reason for considering hanging it up – Pittsburgh Steelers News

Big Ben’s stunningly honest reason for considering hanging it up – Pittsburgh Steelers News

Ben Roethlisberger — like many people in the NFL world — were caught a little off guard when the results of a study showed the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 110 of 111 former football players.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 35-year-old quarterback told the Tribune-Review on Friday that given the relationship between concussions and CTE, he will consider whether or not to return to the field after this season, especially considering he’s had multiple concussions throughout his career.

He said, via the Tribune-Review:

“Of course,” Roethlisberger said. “I want to play catch with my kids. I want to know my kids’ names. As much as I want my kids to remember what I did and watch me play the game, I also want to remember them when I’m 70 years old.”

Clearly shaken a little by the results of the study — published in The Journal of the American Medical Association — Roethlisberger described its results as “some real-life stuff.”

He continued:

“It’s a factor,” Roethlisberger said of the CTE study. “I think, my wife, it was more of a factor for her. You have to take it into consideration. That’s why I’ve always been forthright and honest about my concussions and being hit in the head.

“This shows there’s nothing to mess with. If you want to mess with your brain, you can’t put a new one in. You can’t have a brain transplant. If you want to mess with your brain, go ahead. I’m not going to. I love my family and kids.”

Read the full story on Roethlisberger over at the Tribune-Review.

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