Roethlisberger Making A Stronger Effort To Stay Healthy In His 15th Season

The Steelers quarterback hopes dietary changes can lead to longer play.

Shelby Cassesse
July 26, 2018 - 6:49 pm
Ben Roethlisberger says he's lost weight in preparation for the 2018-19 season.

LATROBE (93.7 The Fan) - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not miss a game due to injury last year for the first time since 2014.  

He started in all but the final regular season “throw-away” game, completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 4,251 yards, the fourth highest of his career, and 28 touchdowns. 

In an attempt to keep the trend alive, Roethlisberger dedicated his offseason to improving his diet, working with a nutritionist and cutting out carbohydrates and sugars. While he did lose weight, he would not say how much. However, he added that he is beginning to see the benefits on the field. 

"Knees, ankles, being lighter," Roethlisberger said Thursday following practice. "You know, those are all positives when it comes to this age and playing football, a sport that, you know, you're pounding on your knees, you've had a couple knee surgeries. Anything you can do to lighten the load on your knees and ankles, I think it's important."

The change came right after Roethlisberger said he wanted to play another 3-5 years following the end of this past season. He added that the change could hopefully lead to more years in the NFL. 

"You do everything you can to really say 'okay I'm going to be the best I can be physically, mentally for this season,' but I think if you continue looking after your body and keeping yourself healthy, it can lead more years, hopefully."

Head Coach Mike Tomlin noticed the changes in his quarterback, as well.

"Regardless of position, we always say physical condition precedes anything else," he said. "So, when a guy shows up in great shape, that's oftentimes a spring board for big-time play."