Massive Ben apologizes to Maurkice Pouncey after shedding Brown

There were many sad faces on the sidelines of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, but perhaps none was more emotional than Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger wasn’t just upset because they brutally fell to the Cleveland Browns 48-37 in their AFC wildcard matchup.

He was sad because he felt he had abandoned the long-time Maurkice Pouncey center.

“I’m sorry, brother. You’re the only reason I wanted to do this, man, ”a tearful Roethlisberger Pouncey said after the game on NFL Films on the sidelines. “Oh, I feel worse for you than I do for me. I hate it man “

Although Roethlisberger threw 501 yards in the loss on Sunday, he also threw four interceptions and led the Steelers into a fast 28-0 hole. He and Pouncey also fought immediately, fiddling with their opening snapshot, which was recovered in the end zone for a Browns touchdown.

Pouncey, Roethlisberger is considering retirement

Neither Roethlisberger nor Pouncey have announced their resignation, but both are close to the end of their careers.

Given their emotional conversation on the bench on Sunday night, this could be just around the corner.

Pouncey ended his 10th season in the league, all of which he spent snapping Roethlisberger the ball. Reports from Pittsburgh and his conversation with Roethlisberger before leaving the field give the impression that Pouncey will soon be stepping down from the game.

The story goes on

To be clear, I didn’t report that @MaurkicePouncey is officially retiring. I reported that it seemed safe for him to retire. He will make this official announcement himself. That was part of my 10 thoughts from yesterday’s game.

– Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) January 11, 2021

The 38-year-old Roethlisberger has been in Pittsburgh since 2004. After the defeat, he said he wasn’t ready to make a decision about his future yet.

“It will start between me and God, pray a lot. Talking, discussing and making decisions with my family a lot. I still have a year on my contract, “he said.” I hope the Steelers want me back if we do this. There will be a lot of discussion. But now is not the time.

“This loss is fresh. It sits on our hearts and minds right now. It will be for a while.”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sits on the bench next to Maurkice Pouncey after losing 48-37 in an NFL wildcard playoff game to the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh on Sunday, January 10, 2021. (AP / Don Wright)

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