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Big Ben on track for Canton


When the subject of Ben and the HOF has come up, there are several fans who have indicated Roethlisberger still needs to win another Super Bowl to earn induction. I can understand this opinion, because Bradshaw led the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins in his first ten years with the club. However, when we're talking about Canton, I don't feel we can use the Steelers standard when making this evaluation, it has to be in the context of league history. Numerous QBs have won fewer titles and Super Bowls than Ben, and they have been elected on the strengths of their respective careers. Likewise, great QBs with more titles than # 7, like Bradshaw and Montana, did play before free agency and the salary cap, so it was easier keeping those dynastic teams together.       

Granted, modern day QBs like Brady, Manning, Rodgers, and BR are playing in a more pass-oriented era, but the numbers are too impressive to ignore. Like Brady, Ben will become his franchise leader in passing.

Bradshaw:  2025-3901, 27,989, 212 TDs

Roethlisberger: 1949-3084, 24,804, 158 TDs

Projecting ahead, Ben will pass # 12 in completions this year, and in passing yardage in 2012. Bradshaw's career TD record could fall in 2014.

Barring any unforeseen off field issues, it's becoming quite evident BR will be the third Steelers QB inducted to Canton someday. Obviously, Ben's final numbers won't reach the level of the very few QB's like Manning, but being the Steelers all-time passing leader carries a great deal of prestige, just like Hines Ward as the franchise all-time receiving leader. At this point, only Ben can stop Ben from earning this honor. When you add the impressive winning percentage, 4th quarter comebacks, and incredible toughness to the resume, I can't see the voters keeping him out.         

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