Excuses, excuses. Ben Roethlisberger — who just won his second Super Bowl in five seasons — is an elite quarterback. He is up there with Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, and Dan Marino despite of what 24-year-old Dallas fans working for the Bleacher Report may say. Ben just is. He’s that good. Let’s take a look at some of the arguments in the article:
“Big Ben has been an excellent game manager, but not a catalyst to the Steeler’s success.”
Ben is much more than a game manager. He’s a game winner. There were five times this season the Steelers have won due when Big Ben driving the offense to the end zone to win the game — Baltimore (twice), Jacksonville, San Diego, and Arizona (Super Bowl XLIII). Was the defense on the field then? No?
Not to mention that Ben plays on Heinz Field, which is outdoors. I’ve been to games there — it gets very cold very fast. He’s playing in 20 degree weather. Imagine what he would be like if he got the luxury of playing in a dome like Peyton Manning.
“It would be inexcusable for him to put up pedestrian numbers, and with the exception of one magnificent year, that is exactly what he has done.”
Really? Do your research, Dallas fan. Ben went 15-0 in the regular season as a rookie. That takes talent.
Ben not being elite is absolutely absurd.
The same place that said Ben isn’t elite also wrote that Carson Palmer is a better quarterback. Give me a break. That’s just laughable. How many rings does that guy have? Zero. Zero. Zero. You’re not a better quaterback if you can’t win.
This is just ridiculous.
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Many people say he’s not up to the elite status. Whining, saying things like, “It was the refs! The refs!” and “It’s such a good team though. Remember the defense? Ben gets all the credit.” They say he’s only a game manager. Are you kidding me? What more does this guy have to do? Win four rings like Bradshaw did?
Well, if it wasn’t the defense that won the Super Bowl on the last drive, it had to be the Steelers excellent running game and offensive line this year, right? Really? Because the Steelers have such a great offensive line. If you actually paid attention to the Steelers, you would realize: they don’t! The offensive relies on Big Ben. It was Big Ben that won those five games. It was Big Ben that won Super Bowl XLIII. That’s why he’s elite.
Yes, Ben had the great defense, but just because he had a great defense doesn’t mean he isn’t an elite quarterback. Let’s start with Ben’s postseason this year. Ben Roethlisberger threw one interception in the playoffs. One interception in 89 attempts. (And that was in the Super Bowl and was tipped. Clearly not his fault.) That’s the lowest among all playoff quarterbacks who appeared in more than one game, including Philip Rivers, Kurt Warner, and Donovan McNabb. Did the defense do that? Wait … did the refs give psychic vibes to Ben, so he wouldn’t throw the interceptions?
And while we’re defining elite, let’s recall that Tom Brady is generally considered elite, because of his Super Bowl run. In Tom Brady’s winning fourth quarter drives, his team was tied, so he didn’t need a touchdown. Ben did, because the defense collasped in the fourth quarter.
So, who can we compare Ben too? John Unitas? Maybe. We’ll see. There’s a great article by Bob Labriola in the Super Bowl addition of Steelers Digest. It campares Ben to Unitas in the 1958 Championship game and Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIII.
Bob Labriola always wrote, “Roethlisberger isn’t getting the credit he deserves for the Steelers’ win in the Super Bowl … He had to be a leader abd inspire others to do their jobs … He had to be calm … He had to be their source of confidence.”
The Indiana Gazette says Ben has a strong arm, good vision, and confidence, which makes him elite.
“He’s won several games before,” says defensive end Brett Keisel to the Indiana Gazette. “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for his heart. He’s a prime-time player, and there’s a reason why he’s gonna have two rings on his finger.”
I think the elite quarterbacks in the league are: Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Brett Farve, and Tom Brady. Drew Brees and Donovan McNabb may be ones too.
On an online poll on the Bleacher Report article asking if Big Ben is elite, 73 percent of people said yes! He is an elite quarterback. Although very young, Ben Roethlisberger is on the right track to the Hall of Fame and if he continues to play at this elite rank, he will go there.