The extent of Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending injury in 2019 has largely remained a mystery.
But the Steelers QB pledged that he would not shave until he was ready to throw a football with NFL velocity again. He spent the next six-plus months growing a resplendent beard while rehabbing the injury.
On Monday though, the Steelers had an announcement on Twitter: “The beard is trimmed… you know what that means.” They followed that up with a montage of Big Ben throwing passes to teammates JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner and Ryan Switzer.
At the end of the video, Smith-Schuster points at the camera and tells everyone, “He’s back! Stay tuned.” That statement immediately go the Steelers fanbase excited.
You can watch the video here:
The beard is trimmed…
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 18, 2020
Roethlisberger was coming off a historic 2018 campaign heading into 2019. He set multiple franchise records while leading the NFL in completions, attempts and passing yards.
But he was forced out of Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks and placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. The Steelers went on to finish 8-8 while averaging just 18 points per game – their lowest rate in over 20 years.
Roethlisberger just turned 38 though, and coming off a major injury it will be interesting to see if he still has the same on-field effectiveness as before.
If he does though, the Steelers might be an extremely dangerous team in 2020.
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