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Ben Roethlisberger is on the cusp of NFL career statistical history

The Steelers QB has two milestones well within striking distance.

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Say what you want about Ben Roethlisberger’s start to the 2021 NFL season, but his legendary career has put him on pace to surpass legends of the game with nearly every throw of the football. Sunday should see two of Ben Roethlisberger’s passes make some NFL history, and two footballs getting a display in Canton, Ohio.

With one touchdown pass, Ben Roethlisberger will crack 400 in his career. A feet only reached by seven other men. The man directly ahead of Ben Roethlisberger on this list will be standing across from him on the field Sunday. Aaron Rodgers will have slim chance to crack the Top 5 in passing touchdowns against the Steelers so a fair bit of history is on the line. Each of the men below are either Hall of Famers, or not yet eligible to be named to the Hall of Fame. There’s also a decent chance every one of them will be welcome to the hall on their first ballot. It is safe to say being on this list puts you in very good company.

Career Passing Touchdowns Leaders:
1. Tom Brady 591
2. Drew Brees 571
3. Peyton Manning 539
4. Brett Favre 508
5. Philip Rivers 421
6. Dan Marino 420
7. Aaron Rodgers 418
8. Ben Roethlisberger 399

Roethlisberger is also just 213 yards away from surpassing Dolphins legend, Dan Marino for sixth in all-time passing yards. Marino was once the league leader in this category until all of these modern era quarterbacks starting throwing the ball more and more and playing the game longer than ever. Ben Roethlisberger will inevitably be overshadowed however, as Tom Brady will become the NFL’s all-time leading passer on Sunday Night Football against his former team the New England Patriots. It’s unfortunate timing, but Roethlisberger should be celebrated regardless of what anybody else does on this day. This will be a massive weekend for NFL career milestones, and a weekend every hardcore fan should remember.

Career Passing Yardage Leaders:
1. Drew Brees 80,358
2. Tom Brady 80,121
3. Peyton Manning 71,940
4. Brett Favre 71,838
5. Philip Rivers 63,440
6. Dan Marino 61,361
7. Ben Roethlisberger 61,149

If Ben Roethlisberger can perform at a solid level throughout the season, this won't be the only weekend we will be celebrating him breaking milestones. By years end he should be the leader in every statistical category for all of the 2004 quarterback draft picks, and again should pass Marino in touchdown passes. But the question remains, will he be able to do it?

So what do you think? Will Ben Roethlisberger be able to break both of these statistical barriers against the Green Bay Packers? Do you even care? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.