Ben Roethlisberger No. 31 on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Roethlisberger's improvement from 2012 wasn't exploited enough to improve the team's record but individually, he made great strides. It's earned him some individual accolades.

Lead a team to an 8-8 record, finish 61st on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013.

Lead a team to 8-8 record, finish 31st on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014.

So it's not a record thing. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finished 31st on this year's installment of the controversial train-wreck-watching version of offseason list fun.

Roethlisberger's individual stats were vastly improved in 2013 compared to 2012 - but largely his health is what drove his success. After something of a rocky start from within an offense that struggled hugely, Roethlisberger regained his poise and finished the year throwing 28 touchdown passes, his highest since the 32 he threw in 2007.

In Weeks 11-14, he threw 11 touchdowns without an interception, and the Steelers won six of their final eight games.

That said, there still are, apparently, 30 players better than Roethlisberger. This time last year, Baltimore's Joe Flacco finished 19th on the list. He fell to 58.

Some would argue that's still too high, just as they'll argue Roethlisberger is rated too low.

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