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Super Bowl 2011: Comparing and Contrasting Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 and Andrew Quarless #81 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after Rodgers scored a 7-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Pat MarrujoContributor IJuly 16, 2016

On Super Bowl Sunday, two of the best quarterbacks in the league are slated against each other. The two have enjoyed a great deal of success in the league but have done so in very different ways.

For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers plays things by the book. Rarely will you see Rodgers rolling outside the pocket trying to create plays with his legs. He likes to sit in the pocket, waiting for all the routes to develop, then makes a good decision to the open man.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger does things a little different. Unlike Rodgers, Roethlisberger is a bit of a “loose cannon.” He tries to get a lot of yards on the ground, takes a lot of chances and can really elevate his game when called upon.

That is not to say Rodgers doesn’t elevate his game in clutch situations, but nobody does it quite like Big Ben. Throughout his career, Big Ben has already had an amazing 26 comeback/game-winning drives in his career. A lot of this can be accredited to Roethlisberger’s ability to create plays with his legs. When the pocket breaks down, Ben has a never-say-never attitude and always seems to do something amazing.

Rodgers on the other hand is an offensive coordinator’s dream. He has pinpoint accuracy and can make any throw on the field. In my opinion, Rodgers throws the best looking ball in the league. With a crazy-tight spiral, he hits his receivers in the numbers every play.

These two quarterbacks could not have had more contrasting starts to their careers. Aaron Rodgers was the 24th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and was dubbed the heir of Brett Favre. But because of Favre’s many retirements only to be followed by immediate comebacks, Rodgers did not get a chance to start until the 2008 season.

Surrounded by controversy, Rodgers did not disappoint.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2004 NFL Draft, a class that included superstar quarterbacks such as Phillip Rivers and Eli Manning.

Unlike Rodgers, Big Ben got a chance to start just a few games into his rookie season with the Steelers. Since then Roethlisberger has never looked back, winning two Super Bowls (2006/2009) and being recognized as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

So who is better? It's hard to say. It all depends on what kind of a quarterback you prefer.

Personally I like Big Ben. Not only has he accomplished more, but he knows how to win big games. Roethlisberger learned early, it’s better to win ugly than to lose looking good.

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