Ben Roethlisberger said he cut out sugar and carbs to lose weight this offseason, hoping to ‘lighten the load' on his knees after two surgeries and prolong his career. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Roethlisberger cut out sugar and carbs from his diet this offseason to lose weight and lighten the load on his body.
“Knees, ankles, being lighter — those are all positives when it comes to this age and playing football, where you’re pounding on your knees and you’ve had a couple of knee surgeries,” said Roethlisberger. “Anything you can do to lighten the load on your knees is important.”
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is no spring chicken anymore. Big Ben is 36 years old and is heading into his 15th NFL season. As a result, Big Ben has decided not to be so big anymore for the sake of prolonging his NFL career. As Pittsburgh's signal caller arrived at training camp notably thinner after making several changes to his diet this offseason.
A better conditioned Roethlisberger is certainly a good thing for the Steelers. Last season, at the age of 35, Big Ben had one of his best seasons while throwing for 4,251 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 regular season games. A Pro Bowler each of the past four seasons, Roethlisberger threw 22 touchdowns against just seven interceptions following his five interception outing in Pittsburgh's Week 5 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games during that span that included consecutive four touchdown efforts in victories over the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers. His 506-yard passing performance in the team's Week 14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens marked the third 500-yard passing performance of his career, the most 500-yard passing games in NFL history.
Roethlisberger is chasing a third Super Bowl, and if he follows his outlook to play three to five more seasons, he'll need to extend a contract that expires in 2020. Maximizing his potential in his late 30s follows the blueprint of Tom Brady (41) and Drew Brees (40), who are still playing at high levels.
Hopefully, this can successfully allow him to play at a high level for at least another season or two as they go in search for another Super Bowl.