CTE a big reason Ben Roethlisberger will likely call it quits after 2017 season

CTE a big reason Ben Roethlisberger will likely call it quits after 2017 season

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, despite his durability and size, has had his share of bang ups and concussions on the field.

While more and more information comes out about the relation of concussions and CTE in football, Big Ben obviously wants to remain somewhat healthy after his playing days are over.

“I want to play catch with my kids. I want to know my kids’ names,” he said, per the the Tribune-Review: “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.”

“It’s a factor,” he admitted. “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.”