Big Ben: Legendary QB or Legendary Steelers QB?

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 27, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger’s Resume:

AP NFL Rookie of the Year (2004)

As a rookie Roethlisberger went 13-0 as a starter in the regular season, and 14-1 including the playoffs. He helped the Steelers become the first team to 15 wins in the AFC, and his 13-0 start is still the best for any rookie all time.

Youngest Quarterback to win a Super Bowl (23 years)

Sophomore season in the league the Pittsburgh Steelers ended the season on a 4-game winning streak.  Securing only the 6th seed in the AFC Playoffs race, with a (11-5) record. During the regular season Roethlisberger threw 17 touchdowns and completed 62 % of his passes, with 3 rushing touchdowns. During the postseason nothing changed, Roethlisberger still completed 62 % of his passes, throwing 7 touchdowns and running for 2. Ben’s promise to get Bettis his Superbowl was fulfilled.

Two Super Bowl Rings (2006, 2009)

Ben Roethlisberger has only been in the league for 6 years and has already gotten to the biggest game twice, and won both. In his second season, Ben led the Steelers to the Superbowl, becoming only the 4th wildcard team to do so. The Steelers were also the first team to win the Superbowl without playing a home playoff game. Roethlisberger also orchestrated a game-winning drive in the last Superbowl to secure the Steelers 6th Superbowl title in Steelers History.

Ben record as a starter in the regular season is (59-26), and in the playoffs he has a record of (8-2) and a flawless (2-0) Superbowl record.

Ben has twelve 300+ games, two 400+ games, and a 500+ game. He has had a perfect passer rating in three games; Baltimore, and St. Louis in 2007, and Kansas City in 2006.

Ben is the first quarterback in Steelers history to ever throw for over 4,000 yards in a season. Ben owns the record for most touchdown passes in a season with 32; He is also the first Steeler to throw 5 touchdown passes in a half, and Ben completed the most passes in a single season in Steelers history with 319 in counting.

So what do you think? It’s so hard to keep him out the talk of legendary quarterbacks with what he has already achieved in his young career.