Ben Roethlisberger is searching for a balance between rest and readiness.
"It's a fine line I walk at this age, of resting and getting my body enough rest for the season and working out to prepare," said Roethlisberger, 36, before retreating for some down time like the rest of his teammates. "My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be. But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age."
How does he navigate that line? He pays trainers to define it, he says.
"You've got to listen to your body," Roethlisberger said, "any aches and pains you might have, your arm being sore if you're throwing too much, just things like that."
Big Ben is entering his 15th training camp with the Steelers the story said. While he has hinted at retirement before, at this point in his career, the team gives Roethlisberger days off during camp as a way to keep him fresh.