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Why Ben Roethlisberger is a Hall of Famer

Updated on January 22, 2018

Ben Roethlisberger has had a heralded career. Big Ben has been at the helm of the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense for 14 years now. As his career is coming towards the end the debate begins: Is Big Ben a hall of fame caliber player? Here I will tell you why Big Ben will have a bust in Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

All He Does is Win

Big Ben has had a long career,14 seasons in the NFL and Roethlisberger has never had a losing season. In his rookie season, Big Ben won 13 games, most of any QB in NFL history (tied with D. Prescott). Roethlisberger has 148 career wins(7th all-time), not to mention two big wins in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII. Out of Roethlisberger's 14 years in Pittsburgh, the Steelers have won the AFC North 7 times. The Steelers managed to accomplish this while battling against Ray Lewis and Ed Reed led defenses, which are widely considered one of the best defenses of all time. Big Ben is 7th all-time in wins, been to three super bowls and would've been to more if it weren't for the big bad wolf up in New England. It is safe to say, Big Roethlisberger knows how to win.

More Than Just a "Game Manager"

Due to the elite defenses Roethlisberger has played with over the years, there has been a narrative that Big Ben is simply a "game manager." This false narrative distracts from the greatness of Roethlisberger's career. Big Ben has played with many great defensive players such as; Joey Porter, James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and many more. With that being said, Roethlisberger's greatness played a huge role in the Steeler's success over the years. Big Ben's statistics speak to his greatness. Roethlisberger ranks in the top ten of the major statistical categories for quarterbacks. Look at the table below and note the quarterbacks Big Ben ranks above.

Statistical Catagory
Big Ben's Rank
Notable HOF QBs Ranked Below
Career Passing Yards
8th
Joe Montana, Warren Moon, Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton
Career Playoff Passing Yards
5th
John Elway, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Kurt Warner
Career Passing TDs
9th
John Elway, Johny Unitas, Joe Montana
Career Playoff Passing TDs
8th
John Elway, Troy Aikman, Steve Young
Career Wins by a QB
7th
Joe Montana, Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas
Career Playoff Wins by a QB
5th
Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman

As you can see Big Ben ranks above many of the all-time greats in all of the major statistical categories. These comparisons are not to definitively say Big Ben is better than these QBs, but rather prove that he has the resume to be considered peers with these Hall of Famers.

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