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Bye Ben? Roethlisberger Eyes One Last Stand At Heinz Field

Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger shovel passes the ball while being hit by Baltimore Ravens' Trevor Pryce during the second quarter of the NFL AFC championship football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.  Roethlisberger will run out onto the Heinz Field turf for the 135th and likely final time on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, when the Steelers host Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger shovel passes the ball while being hit by Baltimore Ravens' Trevor Pryce during the second quarter of the NFL AFC championship football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. Roethlisberger will run out onto the Heinz Field turf for the 135th and likely final time on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, when the Steelers host Cleveland. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Pittsburgh (AP) -- Ben Roethlisberger has been flirting with the idea of retirement for years. This time, however, feels different. For the first time in his nearly two-decade career, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback did more than just hint that the end is near. It may finally be at hand.

“I would say that all signs are pointing to this could be it,” Roethlisberger said in the run-up to Monday night's game against Cleveland at Heinz Field.