It's official: Ben Roethlisberger coming back for 18th season

The Steelers and Big Ben made the announcement official Thursday
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It’s official.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming back for an 18th season.

The team made the announcement official Thursday afternoon.

"We are excited we were able to come to an agreement with Ben Roethlisberger on a new contract for him to return to the Steelers in 2021," said General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert. "We know that Ben can still play at a high level and do special things for this team. Our goal remains the same – to put together a roster that will compete for another championship. We are happy that Ben will be one of our leaders to help us accomplish that goal."

Roethlisberger returned to the field in 2020 after missing most of the 2019 season after elbow surgery.

He started 15 games and only missed the season finale due to a coaches decision. Roethlisberger threw for 3,803 yards, completing 65.6% of his passes for 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His rating was 94.1 (20th in NFL) and QBR was 60.1

"It is my greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and give my all for this organization," said Roethlisberger. "I am grateful to be at this stage of my career and more than happy to adjust my contract in a way that best helps the team to address other players who are so vital to our success. I love this game and love to compete, and I believe in this team and my ability to deliver when called upon. It all starts with great preparation and I am ready to go."