Standing at over 6-foot, five inches tall and weighing in at over 240 pounds, it's little wounder how Ben Roethlisberger earned the nickname "Big Ben".
Big Ben. It's got a ring to it. Kind of like the way Joe Cool did with Joe Montana, or "Slingin Sammy" did with Sammy Baugh.
Two weeks from now, Big Ben Roethlisberger may earn a new nickname: King Ben. A win over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV (45) would give Roethlisberger three Super Bowl titles, tying him with whom many people consider the best quarterback in the league, Tom Brady.
Roethlisberger is often lost in the shuffle of great quarterbacks in the league today. His name is often never mentioned in the top 5, let alone top 10 in the league, falling behind the likes of Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Brady, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Michael Vick, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning.
Roethlisberger however, has proven to be the more cunning, more agile and more consistent, and may be one of the best, if not the best, big game hunters in the league today.
In his seven seasons in the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made the playoffs five times, and for the third time will appear in the Super Bowl. A win not only cements the Steelers as the newest dyansty in the league, but also could cement Ben Roethlisberger as the best big game quarterback in the National Football League.
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His overall record in the playoffs is now 10-2, and 3-1 in Conference title games. Brady is 14-5, and 3-1 in Conference title games (Brady was hurt in the second quarter and missed the rest of the first title game against the Steelers in 2002).
In Super Bowl performances, his numbers have been anything but spectacular, yet he's undefeated. In Super Bowl XL (40) against the Seattle Seahawks, Big Ben was just 9-of-21 for 123 yards and two interceptions.
His 1-yard rushing touchdown put the Steelers up 7-3 early in the second quarter, but his quarterback rating was just 22.6, the lowest in Super Bowl history for a winning quarterback.
For Super Bowl XLIII (43), Roethlisberger's numbers were better, as he went 21-of-30 for 256 yards and an interception to go along with the game-winning touchdown pass with under a minute left to play.
Roethlisberger isn't Joe Montana and he's not Tom Brady. He might not ever get the recognition that Brady does for the simple fact that the Steelers defense has widely been considered one of the very best the last few seasons.
Many fans argue that the Steelers didn't win Super Bowl XL because of Big Ben, but rather in spite, and the numbers could support that fact. This argument however, cannot be used in Super Bowl XLIII, when Roethlisberger drove the Steelers downfield and hit Santonio Holmes in the back corner of the end zone with just 35 seconds left to play.
He's got the mobility of John Elway, the coolness and big game presence of Joe Montana, and two weeks from now, he may have the title of King Ben. Like it or not, Roethlisberger is one of the best big game quarterbacks in the league.
The question is when, if ever, the rest of the league will take notice.