Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he would sooner retire than accept a trade away from the Pennsylvania-based team.
Reports emerged at the weekend claiming the 31-year-old would ask the Steelers to explore potential trade options during the offseason, but Roethlisberger reacted to the story with disbelief.
"I'd retire before I'd accept a trade," Roethlisberger told reporters. "I mean, it would have to be something really, really unbelievable for me to even consider it.
"I have talked to my wife about that. I don't want to be anywhere else. This is where we want to be."
Roethlisberger is also believed to have apologised to the team's president Art Rooney II for the unfounded rumour - as well as team owner Dan Rooney.
"I'm so sorry," Roethlisberger was quoted as saying by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "This stuff didn't come from me or my people. There's absolutely no truth to it. It's ridiculous. It's one of the most BS stories that I've ever heard."
Steelers have endured a tough start to the season and currently sit bottom of the AFC North standings with six defeats and only three victories.
But it seems Roethlisberger is determined to help the team turn their fortunes around.