It was the tweet seen around the world on Thursday morning, the one delivering the news that Steelers Nation knew was coming, but it still hit hard when they saw it.
Ben Roethlisberger shared a video on his Twitter account officially announcing his retirement, and the reactions poured in fill with love and support for the legendary Steelers quarterback who spent 18 seasons in the black and gold.
From current and former teammates, to opposing teams and players, to the sports world in general, to fans from every corner of the world, the congratulatory messages were a constant throughout the day, with #ThankYou7 trending.
A handful of the thousands of messages to Roethlisberger are below.
Job well done brother, you’ve earned your rest! #classof04 draft mate, locker mate, teammate, and brother, it’s been an absolute honor to block for you and celebrate moments with you! Enjoy the family and next stop is Canton #Classof2027 (on your tab, right?! Lol) https://t.co/w9yhvaa4Lq— Max Starks IV (@maxstarks78) January 27, 2022
Ben- There are not enough words in a tweet to do you justice. You gave of yourself over and over again for the love of the game, the love of Pittsburgh,and the love of this Steelers team. There will never be another like you and I am looking forward to your future. -Rock— Rocky Bleier (@RockyBleier) January 27, 2022
Ben Roethlisberger's 18 seasons are the most by any player without ever playing for a losing team (sub-.500 win pct) in NFL history— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 27, 2022
It helped that he led 53-game winning drives in his career ... only Peyton Manning had more in the Super Bowl era (54)
📸: Don Wright/AP pic.twitter.com/ZAMOPxLqEC
On behalf of our wish kids - from Pittsburgh to Portland - thank you, Big Ben, for 18 years of creating life-changing wishes. You've transformed so many lives, giving wish kids the same courage, resilience & strength you've shown on the field since 2004. @steelers @_BigBen7 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/nXk9Y7UXOa— Make-A-Wish GPA & WV (@MakeAWishPAWV) January 27, 2022
Thank you #BenRoethlisberger for being an unbelievable champion, warrior, family man & thank you for rocking the steel city. You will forever be loved in the burgh. To you & your incredible family, much continued love & success. Yinz rock!🤘🏻#BigBen @_BigBen7 @Steelers pic.twitter.com/jMTlRaN6Fu— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) January 27, 2022