NFL Top 100 Debate: Behind Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger Is the NFL's Best QB

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIJune 6, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The quarterback position is one that many define with skills like accuracy, arm strength and rushing ability.

Players like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning stand alone at the top with their superior arms and untouchable stat lines.

On the other side, a dual-threat quarterback like Michael Vick can change a game with one run or one throw, making him a very appealing player to watch.

Recently, the NFL Network's Top 100 Players list named Ben Roethlisberger as the 41st best player in the NFL, and that ranking is way too low.

Roethlisberger is a 29-year-old Ohio native who graduated from the University of Miami at Ohio.

The Steelers quarterback made an instant impact in the NFL, guiding his team to a 15-1 record and an appearance in the conference championship game that year.

From 2004 on, Roethlisberger became one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, and when the game was on the line, the Steelers were a good bet (and still are, with Roethlisberger taking snaps) to win the game.

A career 63 percent completion percentage shows that Roethlisberger is an efficient quarterback, but the numbers only tell half of No. 7's story.

"Big Ben" has a TD:INT ratio of 144:86 for his career, and boasts good stats across the board for both his career and his 2010 season (in which he had a 17:5 ratio of TD:INT).

Look past the numbers, however, and find the reasons why Ben Roethlisberger is only second to Tom Brady as the best quarterback in the NFL.

Fans are making too much of sexual assault allegations against Roethlisberger—he is a football player, and people pay to watch him on the field, not off of it.

Don't let his indiscretions mislead you, for the Steelers quarterback is the game's second best when it comes to ranking the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

Tom Brady has cemented himself atop the list with his "Super" success, and after that, no one but Roethlisberger deserves the distinction as No. 2.

Peyton Manning has only won one Super Bowl and has become less and less clutch over the last few years.

Some may say that Roethlisberger's Super Bowls can be attributed to great defense, but the Colts played insanely good defense on their way to giving Manning his first and only title.

Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings, and when put up against any other quarterback above him on the Top 100 list, he has more rings.

The NFL is trying to say that they'd rather put Philip Rivers under center than Roethlisberger, but that makes no sense—Rivers has no rings.

NFL, you're trying to say that you'd rather have Rivers under center to lead you to victory in the fourth quarter?

You'd rather have Drew Brees, who couldn't keep the ball out of the opposition's hands?

You'd rather have Peyton Manning, who got erratic and barely kept the ship upright when he lost his tight end and his third receiver?

You'd rather have Michael Vick, who has never even won a Super Bowl?

It can't be right, but here is the Top 100 list, telling us that it's so.

Roethlisberger has no offensive line outside of Maurkice Pouncey, yet he finds a way to evade defenders, throw passes from every body angle possible and make every throw imaginable.

The bottom line with Roethlisberger is that he always finds a way.

He found a way, despite iffy numbers, to win a Super Bowl against the tough Seahawks in 2005, and he found a way to lead the game-winning drive against the Arizona Cardinals while Ken Whisenhunt watched in horror.

He made another Super Bowl this year, and he only got past the Jets by finding a way to extend a play and get a clutch first down to seal the game at the end.

Roethlisberger doesn't exactly have the best receiving corps, with a glorified slot receiver in Hines Ward and a vertical threat Mike Wallace (whom Roethlisberger helped make a star).

However, the Steelers quarterback makes things happen, and when the line breaks down or his receivers aren't open, the play is never over.

The Steelers win and the Steelers win in bunches, thanks to Roethlisberger's competitiveness and persistence.

The quarterback knows what it takes to win games, and he is no stranger to the Lombardi Trophy, something that many quarterbacks who are above him on the list aren't able to say (Brees, Rodgers and Manning have one ring, while Vick and Rivers have none).

It is strange, then, that Roethlisberger falls behind all of these quarterbacks as the best signal-caller in the NFL.