Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is going to Disney World for the second time at the ripe young age of 26. And with his two Super Bowl Rings his invitation for the Hall of Fame is suddenly all but in the mail as the sports world has begun to put him in the same conversation with the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
After this wonderful Super Bowl, I was anxious to see the response from the media and their normal over hyping of a select few athletes after every championship performance. But before I get into that let me be the first to say, that Ben Roethlisberger has definitely moved up a notch in my book. Ben made some huge clutch accurate throws that were the key to winning Super Bowl 43. He produced a memorable game winning touchdown drive, and has basically locked himself into the class of clutch quarterbacks in football. He looked like a completely different quarterback from his previous Super Bowl years back, where it was quite clear that the stage was much too big for him at that point in his career.
Big Ben is still in the early to middle part of his career and he has many years to go, but at his current position he has almost became a lock for the Hall of Fame. In today’s football world if a quarterback somehow seems to win multiple Super Bowls there isn’t much of anything that can hold that guys value down. See, I feel that Championships in the NFL are a TEAM accomplishment, and individual value with rings needs to be analyzed to a whole other degree. He still has a lot to do for the rest of his years in making sure he consistently produces especially if the Steelers slide from their current elite position in the league where they have been for the bulk of Ben’s career.
Ben is a tough, improvising quarterback who has a knack for making the big play late in games. He now has two rings and is going to be viewed in years to come as maybe the best quarterback in the NFL. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but to put Ben over Peyton Manning when ranking quarterbacks is quite ridiculous. When comparing individual players for tops in their respected positions, you have to assume all surroundings and various aspects to be relative. Not one quarterback in the league could battle Peyton in such a competition, period. Roethlisberger has really only put up one impressive statistical regular season in his career. It’s not all about statistics, as he has won a great percentage of his games, but lets not fool ourselves because we know that the astounding Pittsburgh defense through the years has a lot to do with that.
Before the season it would have been debatable to place Ben Roethlisberger as low as 15th in the NFL in quarterback rankings, but after this years postseason success you won’t see him outside many top 5’s. Ben has earned this promotion and it is going to be very interesting to see if he is able to continue progressing and if his style of play will last in such a physical league.