Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw: Two Great Champions

Pat DennyContributor IMay 16, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers points against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Steelers of the 1970s won four Super Bowls under the reign of Chuck Noll. The Steelers of this decade have had two so far, but who says they are done? The Steelers of the '70s had some key guys that have many similar qualities as the Steelers of today. 

The first guy you have to look at is Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. His first season he led the Steelers to a team-record 15-1 campaign, only to lose in the AFC Championship game. 

In 2005, the year of Super Bowl XL, Roethlisberger threw for 2,385 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. What really impressed Steelers fans was his cool, calm, collected attitude under pressure. 

Throughout the playoffs, Roethlisberger was one of the best quarterbacks. Similar to the attributes of Terry Bradshaw, one of the two quarterbacks in NFL history to win four championships as a starter. 

In 1975 the Steelers won their second Super Bowl. Bradshaw threw for 2,055 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Very similar to Roethlisberger's stats. 

Roethlisberger was the 11th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft while Bradshaw was the first pick of the 1970 draft. Terry Bradshaw always played his best in big games. Something Roethlisberger has been inconsistent with. 

In 2004, Roethlisberger's rookie season, he played one of his worst games in the AFC Championship game in the Pittsburgh cold against the Patriots. In 2005 Roethlisberger was Mr. Cool late in the season and throughout the playoffs. 

He didn't play his best game in the Super Bowl, but he still led them to the win.

In Super Bowl XLIII, Roethlisberger played excellent. He completed 21 of his 30 passes while throwing for 256 yards (131 of them to Santonio Holmes), one interception, and one touchdown which was the game winner to Holmes. 

The way he led his team up the field and threw the game winner to Holmes with little time left, showed extreme composure, almost that of Terry Bradshaw.

If Bradshaw, Harris, Swann, Stallworth, Lambert and Blount could win four championships, who says that Roethlisberger, Parker, Ward, Holmes, Harrison, and Polomalu can't?

Go Steelers!