Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger vehemently denied an NFL Network report that stated he wishes to be traded.
“It's ridiculous,” Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh reporters. “This is where I've always wanted to be. I don't want to play for anyone else. When it comes to wanting to go somewhere else or anything like that, that's completely unacceptable.
“It's one of the most B.S. stories I've ever heard. I'm not quitting, and that means in more ways than one. I'm not quitting on anything, this season, this team, these fans. I'm going to give it everything I have. This is home.”
Steelers team president Art Rooney II also denied the report.
“Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so,” Rooney said in a statement responding to the league-owned network's report.
NFL Network reported Sunday that Roethlisberger is discouraged about where the franchise is headed.
“This is completely wrong and inaccurate,” said Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner. “Ben has always said he wants to play his entire career for the Steelers, and his roots are set firmly in Pittsburgh. He has a lot left in the tank and is 100 percent committed to winning more championships with the Steelers.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.