The season abruptly came to a end on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers but the career of Ben Roethlisberger will not.

Rumors have been circulating for a while that the Steelers QB would retire at the end of this season after he discussed his future in depth prior to the season.

Big Ben put that conversation to bed after the loss to Jacksonville as he confirmed he will be back in 2018.

According to ESPN, this is what he said in regards to his future:

"I definitely have a desire to play football. I love this game. I love these guys. It's tough, it stings, you hate to lose at home. I feel bad because I feel like I let the fans down, let my teammates down. I don't know about contracts and whose coming back but I know the guys up front are, and that makes it good for me, so I look forward to next year with those guys."

His contract doesn't expire for two more seasons, so the rumors will return next year as well, regardless of the results on the field, until he addresses his future again.

Roethlisberger currently is 35 years old and has won 2 Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.