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Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers passing records unlikely to ever be broken

When the dust settles on Ben Roethlisberger’s career, he will have set marks no one will likely catch within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.

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It seems odd to think, but just over a decade ago when someone thought about quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers they thought about Terry Bradshaw.

The “Blonde Bomber”.

When Ben Roethlisberger was drafted in 2004, and started talking about beating all of Bradshaw’s records, including overall number of Super Bowl titles, most just laughed off the young gunslinger’s comments.

Fast forward to 2018, and Roethlisberger has done it all — except the Super Bowls.

There is no doubt Bradshaw was a tremendous big game quarterback. Only Bradshaw and Joe Montana are owners of perfect Super Bowl records, and all while playing in four of these games.

I don’t have to tell the die hard Steelers fans how Roethlisberger is 2-1 in Super Bowls, but this article isn’t based solely on winning championships. This is about career statistics. These are the records Roethlisberger is setting which will likely stand the test of time.

Looking at the Steelers’ career leaders in passing yards, it is a dubious list when it comes to yards thrown. For crying out loud, if I had asked you where Bubby Brister would have ranked on this list, would you have said 5th all-time?

Probably not, but that is where he is ranked.

Take a look at the Top 5 Steelers QBs, in terms of passing yards:

1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Terry Bradshaw
3. Kordell Stewart
4. Neil O’Donnell
5. Bubby Brister

Roethlisberger, who had the fortune of playing in the modern era of the NFL where passing the football has become the main mode of transportation for an offense, has completely shattered Bradshaw’s records. Take a look at the Steelers’ all-time statistical records at the quarterback position (per Pro-Football Reference):

Again, it should be noted how Roethlisberger has not only played in an era where wide receivers are seeing more targets than they ever have, but with tremendously talented receivers. Sure, Bradshaw had Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, but Franco Harris was the focal point of those glorious teams of the 70s.

Roethlisberger, on the other hand, has thrown to names like Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Santonio Holmes, Martavis Bryant, Antwaan Randle El, Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, among others.

You can argue the numbers all you want, but despite Bradshaw’s successes in the big game, it is safe to say when people think of Steelers quarterback, if they don’t immediately think of Roethlisberger, they at least think of Bradshaw and Roethlisberger.

This may be a reason why Bradshaw has been so cold towards the organization, and Roethlisberger, over the years, but the fact remains No. 7 is the best who has ever done it in a black-and-gold uniform, strictly from a statistical perspective.