With the Pittsburgh Steelers arriving at training camp to prepare for their 85th season of play, several players on the current roster can propel their names onto or farther up the list of all-time statistical greats.
Does Hines Ward hear footsteps? Who is knocking on Franco's door? Is Is It Ben or Bradshaw that statistically reigns supreme? Where is James Harrison on the all-time tackle list? Will season No. 85 be another dream campaign for No. 84?
Those questions won't be answered until January, but in our annual series, Steeling History, BTSC highlights the players that could move up the all-time charts and what they need to do to do so.
Ben is, far-and-away, the greatest statistical quarterback in the history of Pittsburgh football. There will be always a debate on who, between Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw, is the greatest Steeler slinger of all-time. No. 7 owns pretty much every Steeler quarterbacking record, but what he lacks is the greatest record of them all, four Super Bowl titles owned by the incomparable and aforementioned Bradshaw.
Here is where Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger ranks first in Steeler QB passing lore:
Most Passing Yards (Career): 46,814
Most Passing Yards (Single Season): 4,952 (2014)
Most Passing Yards (Single Game): 522
Most 300 Yard Passing Games (Career): 49
Most 300 Yard Passing Games (Single Season): 9
Most Completions (Career): 3,804
Most Completions (Single Season): 408 (2014)
Most Completions (Single Game): 40 (twice)
Most Consecutive Completions: 15 (tied with Bubby Brister)
Highest Competion Percentage (Career): 64.1%
Highest Competion Percentage (Single Game): 85.7%
Highest Competion Percentage (Single Season): 68.0% (2015)
Most Touchdown Passes (Single Season): 32 (2007, 2014)
Most Touchdown Passes (Single Game): 6 (twice)
Highest Passer Rating (Career): 94.1
Highest Passer Rating (Single Season): 104.1 (2007)
Most 4th Quarter Comebacks (Career): 29
Most Game Winning Drives (Career): 39
Wins (Career): 123
One of the few records that Ben doesn't have is a positive one. Big Ben (160) is second all-time in interceptions thrown to Terry Bradshaw (210).
Roethlisberger, getting ready to start his 14th season. Mike Webster leads by having played 15 seasons. He also trails Webster in games played. A healthy 16-game season will jump the current Steeler QB up to 201 good enough for a tie for third with Donnie Shell. The two up top are Hines Ward (217) and Webster (220).
Once again, the landmark that Steeler fans care about mostly for Ben Roethlisberger to achieve is Super Bowl victories. The hope is Ben ends the 2017 campaign one ring shy of tying the record of four.
Brown may own every team record for receivers when his career is all said and done. His new contract may help him reach the mountain top.
Brown currently ranks second on the all-time team with 632 receptions. Hines Ward's mark of an even 1,000 receptions is not in jeopardy this season or the next, but a healthy couple-of-seasons should alow AB to come close.
Antonio is third all-time with 8,377 receiving yards. His 2015 record-breaking tally of 1,834 could be bested in 2017. No. 2 John Stallworth is definitely catchable at 8,723 with a season of 347 yards. Hines Ward with 12,083 is still way too far ahead.
Also, Brown is the franchise leader for yards-per-game, both single-season and career, with 114.6 (2015) and 82.9 respectively.
Brown's mark of 1,284 yards-from-scrimmage in 2016 kept No. 84 at fourth all-time with 8,834 yards. Next closest is Hines Ward at 12,511. Not this year.
Marks that the Pro-Bowler will not come close to this season is career touchdowns and receiving touchdowns. Currently at fifth with 55 total TDs and fourth with 50 receiving trips to the end zone, Antonio would need to match his 2014 all-time and franchise high of 13 receiving touchdowns to tie John Stallworth for second at 63. Franco Harris (100 total) and Hines Ward (85 receiving) are safe for now. But with Antonio, you never know.
The seventh-year standout from Central Michigan already owns the team's single season mark for receptions (136) and receiving yards (1834). He broke his own marks in 2015. If AB can eclipse 143 grabs and 1,965 yards in 2017, he would be the NFL's single-season champ in both categories.
AB is in the hunt for a couple of punt return records, but the hope of many in Steeler Nation is that a suitable replacement for Brown in that position is found and that he doesn't get the opportunity to break any. This is due to the fact that focusing only on his receiving duties would shield him from possible injury more. He currently is tied with Antwaan Randle-El for the top of the charts with four punt returns for touchdowns. Brown ranks third, behind Rod Woodson (257) and Randle-El (182) in career punt returns (175) and second to Woodson (2,362 yards) in punt return yardage at 1,698.
Bell has ranked fairly high for only completing four seasons as a pro. In what could be his last season in Pittsburgh, Bell could move considerably among the best in Steeler RB history.
No. 26 currently ranks 5th in career team rushing yardage with 4,045. Eclipsing John Henry Johnson's 4,381 yards seems likely, while Willie Parker's third place mark of 5,378 would take a season of 1,334.
Juice's 26 touchdowns are good enough for a tie with Barry Foster and JHJ for 6th. Passable in 2017 are Rashard Mendenhall (5th with 29), Terry Bradshaw in fourth with 32 and Kordell Stewart (3rd with 35). Second place's Jerome Bettis is safe for now with 78
The ex-Michigan Stater ranks first all-time in single season yards from scrimmage with 2,215 in 2014. Bell needs to increase his career mark of 6,050 another 2,784 to get by John Stallworth and into the career top five. That will be tough.
Before 2016, Deebo needed to add just three sacks to his 74.5 to leap over another No. 92, Jason Gildon, for the honor of being recognized as the team's "Sack King". Gildon's total of 77 sacks from 1994-2003 was the mark to beat. Last year, Harrison set the record with five more to reach 79.5.
No. 92 is ranked eighth with 551 tackles. 89 tackles would leap him into sixth past Levon Kirkland's 639. Troy Polamalu's 581 for seventh is more in reach.
Will Gay is tied for 46th all-time in team interceptions. This wouldn't even be notable if it wasn't for the fact that Gay is tied for first in team history with five career interceptions returned for scores. He needs one to surpass his co-leader, Rod Woodson, for best all-time and to hold that honor on his own. Even though he needs one, this may be a tough record to break. Scores from interceptions don't come in bunches. Case in-point, he had none in the seven seasons before his record-setting year in 2014. Gay's three TDs on INTs that year is the team's single-season standard.