Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, is entering his 18th season as an NFL player. While it may or may not be the final season of his career Roethlisberger can make a serious dent in the all-time lists this year regardless. With the retirements of Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Eli Manning (2019) Roethlisberger has an unimpeded path to climb the statistical ladder. Only Tom Brady remains active on most of these lists, but the gap between the quarterbacks in most cases is too far to worry about anyway.
Most noteworthy, Roethlisberger should become the all-time leader in every statistical category amongst the legendary 2004 quarterback class this season, further cementing his status as a first ballot Hall of Famer. With an extra game in 2021 on the horizon, it should be even easier for Roethlisberger to claim these titles.
Without further adieu, I present to you the statistics within Ben Roethlisberger’s grasp in the 2021 season.
All-time Passing Yards
5. Philip Rivers 63,440
6. Dan Marino 61,361
7. Ben Roethlisberger 60,348
Ben Roethlisberger averages 259 passing yards per game over the course of his career. If he maintains the pace over the course of a 17 game season, he will sit in the top five by Week 12. If Ben played a full 17 games season he would end the year roughly around 64,751 passing yards.
All-time Passing Touchdowns
5. Philip Rivers 421
6. Dan Marino 420
7. Aaron Rodgers 412
8. Ben Roethlisberger 396
Aaron Rodgers was able to sneak past Ben Roethlisberger when he missed the 2019 season due to an elbow injury. However, Roethlisberger can realistically pass Rivers and Marino to sit in the top six in 2021. Maintaining averages, Roethlisberger can achieve this by Week 15, and finish the year roughly around 425 touchdown passes.
5. Philip Rivers 5,277
6. Ben Roethlisberger 5,050
Ben only has a real chance at chasing down Philip Rivers this season for the fifth spot amongst completed passes. This can be achieved around Week 10 and would wrap up 2021 with around 5,424 completions.
5. Dan Marino 8,358
6. Philip Rivers 8,134
7. Eli Manning 8,119
8. Ben Roethlisberger 7,838
Roethlisberger can make a sizeable jump up the all time attempts list fairly quickly. By week 15 Ben should sit within the Top 5 and finish the year around 8,416 attempts.
Quarterback Super Bowl Championships
4. Troy Aikman 3
5. Ben Roethlisberger 2
The most important stat in football, championships. Roethlisberger is tied with a number of players with two rings, but adding to his trophy case would put Ben in a tie with Troy Aikman for fourth only behind Tom Brady (7), Terry Bradshaw (4) and Joe Montana (4).
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