Pittsburgh Steelers' Five-Game Losing Streak Ends, Big Ben Becomes Elite

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IDecember 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes off on a second quarter run  while playing the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady are known as the best in the business. Impressive stats, tons of wins, and the ability to rescue their team when the odds are stacked against them.

You can now add one more name to that list. Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger is already one of the most successful quarterbacks in the NFL. In his rookie season, Roethlisberger did not lose a single regular season game, becoming the first person to start the AFC Championship his rookie season.

In his second season, he became the youngest quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl. In his fifth year, he won his second Super Bowl. He won more games than any other signal caller during that span.

Sunday, Roethlisberger accomplished a feat that has never been done by a Steelers quarterback to date. Not Neil O'Donnell, not even Terry Bradshaw.

With no time remaining on the clock against the Packers, rookie Mike Wallace hauled in a pass from Roethlisberger that has set him apart from most of the league. With the TD pass, Roethlisberger threw for 503 yards.

Roethlisberger's final stats read like no one has had in more than three years. 29/46, 503 yards, 3TD/0 INT, with a passer rating of 121.9. 

Last offseason, when the talk was about who the best quarterbacks were, Roethlisberger was mentioned as low as 15th. Those days are now over.

With much respect to Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, and Carson Palmer, all of them are now in the rear view mirror of Big Ben Roethlisberger.

At the ripe old age of 27, Roethlisberger has placed his name in the elite category, and as much as fans of other teams may hate it, Roethlisberger could one day be considered the best.