So it finally happened. Ben Roethlisberger is being mentioned this week after an unforgettable performance last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. What happened? Well the attention Roethlisberger has deserved as being one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League.
How did he get that attention? Sure you can say six touchdowns and 522 yards will pull you up in a discussion real quick, but perhaps it was because Roethlisberger did it against one of the hottest teams in football right now and against an opposing quarterback who has all the making to be a future hall of famer in Andrew Luck.
Make no mistake, both quarterbacks played well but lit was Roethlisberger’s time to shine. His first touchdown was to Markus Wheaton. Ben then found rookie Martavis Bryant twice, Antonio Brown two times, and one last one to Heath Miller on a gutsy fourth down. Roethlisberger had a completion rating of 81.6% and kept clean the entire game as the offensive line did not allow a sack.
Roethlisberger’s failure to be mentioned among the Tom Brady’s and Peyton Manning’s of the world is nothing new. Throughout his entire career, Roethlisberger has been overshadowed by other top quarterbacks. When in retrospect, there is nothing the other quarterbacks have that Roethlisberger does not. He has the rings, the pro bowls, and even the stats.
In addition to Sunday’s game, Roethlisberger has thrown just one interception in the last six games now, and is on pace for tying his career-high in touchdown passes in a season, thirty-two. Roethlisberger became the first person in NFL history to pass for 500 yards in two NFL games. The first coming in December of 2009, where Roethlisberger threw a touchdown to wide receiver Mike Wallace on the last play of the game to win.
Sunday was a great day indeed for the Steelers in general. The defense was able to make two interceptions and apply pressure to the quarterback. However, these are not the Steelers of the past. This team relies on their leader, and they have a great one in Ben Roethlisberger. For the critics that need to see more to put him in the MVP category, stay tuned because there is a whole other half of season to go! Number seven will be ready!
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