Ben Roethlisberger accounted for five of the Pittsburgh Steelers' seven turnovers in the team's 35-7 loss to Baltimore on Kickoff Weekend. Add in Big Ben's two costly turnovers in last year's Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers, and some fans were lamenting the play of their team leader.
There was never any reason to panic though. In addition to doing a whole lot of winning, Roethlisberger had made tremendous strides eliminating some of the costly turnovers. Prior to his three picks in Week 1, Big Ben had not thrown a regular season INT since a Week 9 win over Buffalo. I don't have the exact number handy, but I believe Roethlisberger had thrown over 150 passes between interceptions before Week 1 of this season. So, it's not as if Big Ben hasn't made huge strides in that department since his much more frequent mistake-prone days from earlier in his career.
On the day that Charlie sheen will get roasted, let's get back to 'winning' real quick. That's what Roethlisberger does. In fact, Sunday's 24-0 win over Seattle was the 70th career regular season for Big Ben. Amongst quarterbacks who started their careers in the Super Bowl era, only three QBs needed fewer starts to accomplish the feat. Let's take a look.
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Not bad company to keep even though all three quarterbacked rival teams. Will Stabler be a Hall of Famer one day? I'm not sure, perhaps not, though he'd gotten close on numerous occasions. Regardless, all are outstanding, legendary quarterbacks that will forever be associated with their respective team's eras of greatness. Roethlisberger has the Steelers of the '70s to compete with for that crown, but he's well on his way towards cementing his status as one of the all time greats of the franchise and the storied National Football League provided he continues to do what he's done more of than almost all of his peers, past and present -- winning football games.
Go Big Ben! Go Steelers!