Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger goes over 30,000 career passing yards

Al Bello

He is the 36th player in NFL history to eclipse the 30,000 yard plateau.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery on a 12-yard completion to top 30,000 yards for his career.

Going into the game, Roethlisberger was at 29,844 yards, having completed 2,374 of 3,762 (63.1 percent) with 191 touchdowns to 101 interceptions in 127 games. He's started 126 of those, with his only relief appearance coming his rookie year of 2004, when he replaced an injured Tommy Maddox in a Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Roethlisberger won 13 consecutive regular season games after that, marking the longest in-season winning streak in team history. He won a 14th consecutive game in the AFC Divisional playoffs against the New York Jets, only to fall to the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.

The Steelers rebounded the following year behind Roethlisberger, capturing the franchise's fifth Super Bowl - and first since the 1979 season.

He's the franchise's leader in passing yards, having broken Terry Bradshaw's record in Week 6 of last season - or 50 games fewer than it took the four-time Super Bowl champion QB to do it.

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