Surprise, surprise, Ben Roethlisberger is returning for 2017

Ben Roethlisberger denies asking Steelers to get a tight end

For now, though, the only thing to worry about is that Big Ben is back!

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger confirmed Friday that he plans to play next season.

Roethlisberger made this statement during a appearance on Pittsburgh sports radio station 93.7 "The Fan" just days following the loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots. As of Friday, Roethlisberger's retirement is no longer on the table. However, that doesn't seem to account for all the non-media people who have been blocked, going back months.

The two-time Super Bowl victor, who turned 35 last month, hinted after Pittsburgh's loss to New England in the AFC championship game that he needed to take stock before committing to returning.

Roethlisberger called the process the prudent thing to do at this stage of his career.

Last season, Big Ben threw for 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns in 14 regular season games for Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger's future had been the subject of speculation after the 35-year-old hinted he could retire following the Steelers defeat to New England in the AFC Championship game. Speaking at league meetings, Mike Tomlin said he never broached the topic with Ben but was working under the assumption his franchise QB would return. "There is no question Ben wants to win [another] championship for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we know he will do everything possible to lead our entire team to achieving that goal". Meanwhile, others can marvel at his blocking skills.

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