Roethlisberger Ties Vinny Testaverde in All-Time Touchdown Passes

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 14, 2016

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers meets with defensive back Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins 38-16 at FedExField on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With his third touchdown pass in Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tied Vinny Testaverde for 12th on the all-time list with 275, per ESPN Stats & Info.

While they are tied, Testaverde saw action in parts of 21 different seasons to reach that total (but didn't start the entire time), whereas Big Ben is in just his 13th NFL campaign and likely has plenty left in the tank to continue his career. Also notable is that in the process of tying Testaverde via those three touchdowns, Roethlisberger passed Hall of Famer Joe Montana.

Notable changes have occurred since Testaverde's time in the league, as evidenced by the fact that Roethlisberger has connected with Antonio Brown (in just his seventh season) over 500 times, reaching that milestone Monday night as well, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Even without targets like the retired Heath Miller, Ladarius Green (ankle) and Martavis Bryant (suspension) in 2016, Roethlisberger opened the season on a strong note once again, finishing Week 1 against Washington with 27 completions for 300 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on a modest 37 pass attempts.

Roethlisberger has battled injuries throughout his career but has surprisingly played at least 12 games in each of his 12 campaigns prior to 2016. His ability to play effectively through injuries has bolstered his career numbers.

The Steelers may have answered any questions about the team following their Week 1 performance, and the team only stands to improve when Markus Wheaton (shoulder) and Le'Veon Bell (suspension) return to the fold on offense.

Roethlisberger has already won two Super Bowls in his career, and Pittsburgh should once again be in the mix to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.


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