Can Ben Roethlisberger Finally Be Considered an Elite Quarterback?

Ray JagCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2009

I searched the Internet to look up quarterbacks with two or more Super Bowl wins.  To my amazement I found that quarterbacks with more than one win are a very small number.  Only ten to be exact.

When I started reading who has more than one Super Bowl win I was absolutely amazed at the company Ben Roethlisberger is in.  Out of the ten quarterbacks, seven are in the Hall of Fame. 

Of the three that are not in the Hall of Fame, two are still active which are Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.  The other multiple win quarterback not yet in the Hall of Fame is Jim Plunkett.


Here is the elite company that Ben is in:

1. Terry Bradshaw, winner of SBs IX, X, XIII, XIV

2. Joe Montana, winner of SBs XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV

3. Troy Aikman, winner of SBs XXVII, XXVIII, XXX

4. Tom Brady, winner of SBs XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX

5. Bart Starr, winner of SBs I, II

6. Bob Griese, winner of SBs VII, VIII

7. John Elway, winner of SBs XXXII, XXXIII

8. Roger Staubach, winner of SBs VI, XIII

9. Jim Plunkett, winner of SBs XV, XVIII

10.  Ben Roethlisberger, winner of SBs XL, XLIII


Look at the company that Ben is in, yet to even mention him as an elite quarterback will stir up a huge debate.

When you look at winning percentage, Ben's .710 winning percentage is only behind Tom Brady who has a .787 win percentage and Phillip Rivers with .750.  His post season is much better than Phillip Rivers, which is a dismal .500.

Now I have read articles about Kurt Warner being an elite quarterback and this article is not by any means demeaning his career but his is only .576.

Now most would agree that Steve Young was an elite QB, yet his was only .657.

Now exactly what determines an elite Quarterback? Webster defines elite as "selected as the best; an elect circle..."  If you go by these standards than Ben would qualify as an elite quarterback because he is truly in an elect circle of only ten quarterbacks with multiple wins.

Now I am not saying that only multiple Super Bowl winning quarterbacks can only be considered as elite.  If that was the only criteria than Dan Marino, Steve Young and a slew of others that have had outstanding careers would be left out.

My point is this: Ben may not rack up the stats that Dan Marino or Bret Favre have, but when it comes to winning, he definitely qualifies as an elite quarterback.  If the remainder of his career is anything like his first five years I believe only a handful of naysayers will argue his being an elite quarterback.