Big Ben Roethlisberger likely met his maker with the end of his professional career – if not, at the very least, all signs point to the end of his tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steel Curtain have won six Super Bowls, which ties them with the New England Patriots with the record for most in NFL history.
Ben won two of those respectively, and owns franchise records in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He essentially lapped the iconic four time Super Bowl winner Terry Bradshaw in each. When evaluating one’s historical standing, building a legacy alongside an iconic brand does wonders for narrative creation.
Aiding Ben further is his 2004 Rookie of the Year award. This is incredible considering that expected future Hall of Famers Eli Manning and Philip Rivers are also members of this draft class.
Although Roethlisberger is fifth in passing yards and eighth in passing touchdowns all time for his career, stat accumulation is weighted differently between eras. From a historical lens, football gurus will never point to stats as an end all, be all for all time rankings (hello Joe Flacco having more yards than Joe Montana)!
Despite the historical differences, Ben has additional intangibles; he continuously earned a profound reputation within his evolving peer groups. Second, legends of the game harp on his throwback style toughness and Terry Bradshaw himself champions his success. Third, Ben Roethlisberger earned his highlights and awards in one of the most dense eras of talent. In the AFC alone, Roethlisberger battled a prime Brady, prime Manning and prime Rivers among others.
These are three legends he had to deal with for playoff positioning, individual stats and general team success. The sum of his individual and team accomplishments alone would reflect that he is to be regarded very highly, with a barber-shop-esque argument ready for him and his contemporaries.
It is important to point out that off the field issues must be weighed as well. If TO could be held out of the Hall of Fame for what was deemed as ‘disruptive’ behavior, it’s only fair that Ben Roethlisberger’s multiple sexual assault allegations be kept in mind when regarding character and leadership capabilities.
The cumulative of his on the field achievements find Ben Roethlisberger on the fringe of top ten status all time, with his off the field issues being a reason to weigh him lower compared to his historical rivals.
Thank you Ben Roethlisberger. The best 18 year stretch a #Steelers fan could ask for. Super Bowls, 50+ comebacks. Just an amazing journey. Something we will hold in our hearts forever. pic.twitter.com/CgpLty57yy
— SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) January 17, 2022
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| Title: Where Does Big Ben Rank as One of the Best QBs of All Time?
| Author: Eddie Sanchez
| Date: Jan 17, 2022