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Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time QB history ranked 7th in NFL history

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With Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger anchoring the Pittsburgh Steelers' All-Time QB history, who would NFL.com throw in as the third best QB in franchise history?

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When it comes to the all-time great quarterbacks in NFL history, the list is usually the same. There might be a few changes here and there, some new sprinkled in with the old, but the lists have been regurgitated enough it isn't all that exciting anymore. With that said, NFL.com recently took the top 3 quarterbacks in all 32 NFL franchises history, and ranked them.

With this new spin on an old debate, where do the Pittsburgh Steelers rank?

Before we get that far, the questions of the top 3 quarterbacks in team history needs to be answered. Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger are no-brainers. Who would round out the top 3 in team history? Kordell Stewart? Bubby Brister? Bobby Layne? Tommy Maddox? Mike Tomczak? The answers to those are all 'no'. NFL.com chose Neil O'Donnell as the third best quarterback in team history.

Before fans get out their pitchforks and are ready to riot thinking about the horrible game O'Donnell played in Super Bowl XXX, fans have to remember he was a large part of the mid-90s Steelers teams. Got them to the AFC Championship game in 1994, and to the big dance in 1995. That is more than any other quarterback not named Bradshaw and Roethlisberger can say.

So with the Steelers trio of quarterbacks being Bradshaw, Roethlisberger and O'Donnell, where do they rank among all 32 NFL franchises and their trio of signal callers? The answer is 7th. See what NFL.com had to say about the ranking:

7) Steelers: Terry Bradshaw, Ben Roethlisberger, Neil O'Donnell

Placing the Steelers at seventh overall wasn't difficult -- picking the third Steelers quarterback was. O'Donnell or Bobby Layne? Went with the former, who quarterbacked Pittsburgh to four straight playoff appearances in the 1990s. Layne's Hall of Fame days were mostly in Detroit. Bradshaw is one of only three quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls. And when it is all said and done, Roethlisberger will end up in Canton.

The Steelers have been fortunate to have two tremendous quarterbacks drive the Steelers offense for the duration of their careers, and bring home plenty of hardware in the process. However, with the good times came plenty of bad times, and I believe the 7th overall ranking is a perfectly good spot for this trio. Take a look at the top 10 and you would see why 7th seems just about right.

10) Browns: Otto Graham, Bernie Kosar, Frank Ryan
9) Dolphins: Dan Marino, Bob Griese, Ryan Tannehill
8) Chargers: Dan Fouts, Philip Rivers, John Hadl
7) Steelers: Terry Bradshaw, Ben Roethlisberger, Neil O'Donnell
6) Rams: Norm Van Brocklin, Kurt Warner, Bob Waterfield
5) Redskins: Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann
4) 49ers: Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Brodie
3) Cowboys: Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Tony Romo
2) Colts: Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck
1) Packers: Bart Starr, Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre