Ben Roethlisberger had a big day on Sunday. Not only did he lead the Steelers to a come-from-behind 28-21 victory over the Houston Texans, he appeared in his 221st regular season-game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The significance of Sunday’s game is because Roethlisberger passed Hall of Fame center Mike Webster for the most regular-season games played in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform.
Although the attention was placed on this game as the one Roethlisberger surpassed Webster on the Steelers all-time games played list, it was actually Roethlisberger‘s Week 1 game which set the record if postseason contests were to be included. This per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Yes Ben Roethlisberger played in his 221st regular-season game, passing Mike Webster for first place on Steelers all-time list. But Ben’s real ironman mark was reached Week 1 and no one noticed, when he played in his 240th game as a Steeler, including playoffs (Webster had 239).— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) September 28, 2020
So while Sunday’s game meant a lot for Steelers history, it was actually two weeks prior when Roethlisberger really set the mark. After all, aren’t the playoffs important and ultimately the goal of every team?
This got me thinking about other times Roethlisberger has set all-time records for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some may have stood out more than others, while many of these I’m curious to see if they even were noticed by a lot of Steelers fans.
Here are four other key dates where Roethlisberger set Steelers’ milestones, with one more thrown in as an achievement yet to come.
December 25, 2017
On this day, Ben Roethlisberger won his 149th game in which he played as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Once again, it was Mike Webster’s 148 wins Roethlisberger surpassed which was one more than the 147 career wins by Hines Ward. The 34-6 Christmas Day victory over the Houston Texans was the final win for Roethlisberger on the season as he did not appear in the Steelers’ Week 17 game the following week.
December 8, 2013
When Ben Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter as the Steelers faced the Miami Dolphins, it was his 213th regular-season passing touchdown. The score put Roethlisberger one ahead of Terry Bradshaw’s 212 regular-season touchdown throws. The two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks are the only Steelers to throw more than 100 career passing touchdowns.
September 24, 2014
The following season in Week 4, Ben Roethlisberger threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 0:15 left in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 243rd career touchdown pass including the playoffs. Once again, it was Bradshaw’s mark of 242 combined regular season and postseason touchdown passes Roethlisberger surpassed. Unfortunately, the Steelers lost to the Buccaneers in the final seconds at Heinz Field.
January 14, 2018
When Ben Roethlisberger took the field in the divisional round of the 2017 playoffs against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was his 21st career playoff game and he he became the Steelers all-time leader in playoff games played. Roethlisberger passed Larry Brown who appeared in 20 games from 1972 to 1983. As for the result of the game, I’ve got nothing to say about that.
This January, if the Pittsburgh Steelers make the postseason and Ben Roethlisberger is able to throw a touchdown pass, he will break the Steelers’ all-time record of postseason touchdowns thrown. Currently Roethlisberger is tied with Terry Bradshaw with 30 touchdowns.
So these are some of the milestones Ben Roethlisberger surpassed throughout his career when it came to taking the lead in Steelers history. Do any of these dates stick out in your mind as being noted as a part of Roethlisberger‘s career? If you can remember any of these milestones at the time occurred, please let us know in the comments below.