Believe it or not, there is an ongoing argument which typically is between a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a fan of another NFL franchise regarding QB Ben Roethlisberger. The debate is normally surrounding Roethlisberger's career and whether or not he will be deemed Hall of Fame worthy when he calls it a career.
When Steelers fans have had to painfully watch their beloved Jerome Bettis suffer through several years of waiting, Bettis will finally be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH this summer with the class of 2015. Bettis had great statistics to back up his Super Bowl XL victory as he walked into the sunset, but for whatever reason wasn't deemed worthy of the Hall immediately upon his first year of eligibility.
With Bettis finally getting a bust in Canton, has Roethlisberger's career been stellar enough to get him a bust next to 'The Bus'? Hall of Fame QB and Western Pennsylvania native Joe Montana certainly thinks so. "Once you are a Steelers fan, it is hard to get that out of your blood. I am also a big (Ben) Roethlisberger fan. I really like Ben. He will be in that Hall of Fame someday." Montana told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Most would believe Roethlisberger has the credentials to be placed on the greatest team ever assembled. Roethlisberger, 33 years old, ranks 16 on the all-time passing yards list with 39,057 yards. If Roethlisberger is able to put up another 5,000 yard passing season, he could propel himself into the top 10 passing the likes of Montana himself.
On top of the yardage, Roethlisberger has been to three Super Bowls, winning two of them. He has been selected to 3 Pro Bowls, Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Steelers team MVP in 2009. Most would think such a career would be worthy of enshrinement, but there are several who argue the opposite. Some claim Roethlisberger was the product of a great defense and a running game early in his career, while others argue the Steelers wouldn't have won Super Bowls No. 5 and 6 if Roethlisberger weren't the ones taking snaps for the black and gold.
The debate won't be ending anytime soon, but Montana giving his stamp of approval certainly helps Steelers fans everywhere win the argument of whether 'Big Ben' will be in the Hall of Fame one day. However, until Roethlisberger decides enough is enough and he retires, Steelers fans should enjoy Roethlisberger and what he has brought to the franchise since his rookie season in 2014, and what he will continue to bring the franchise for at least another 5 seasons.