Pittsburgh Steelers: Is Ben Roethlisberger a First Ballot Hall of Famer?
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is nearing the end of his career. In fact, after the 2016 season, he seriously contemplated retiring. Moreover, with the end of his playing career on the horizon, one question comes to mind. Is Ben Roethlisberger a first ballot Hall of Famer?
Roethlisberger is a rarity in the NFL today. Specifically, he has played his entire career with one team. This is something that we do not see from many players with free agency. Many players will run to another team for more money. However, that is not the case in Pittsburgh. Hence, the Steelers take care of their own.
Nonetheless, that is not the reason for this article. So, we want to know if you think that Roethlisberger is worthy of a first-ballot entry into the Hall of Fame? There is no doubt that he will get in. He has been one of the most productive QBs during his time.
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was the 11th overall selection out of Miami (OH) University. He has spent his entire 14 years in the black and yellow. Making his debut, as a starter, on September 26, 2004, against the Miami Dolphins. He and the Steelers would win that game 13-3.
Roethlisberger would run off 13 straight victories his rookie season. Thus, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to the AFC Championship Game as a rookie. Nonetheless, here the magic would run out as they lost to the New England Patriots. However, this was just the beginning of a lustrous career. Below are some of his accolades.
Rookie Record – 5 comeback wins in the 4th quarter (2004)
Rookie record – Six game-winning drives 4th quarter/overtime (2004, includes playoffs)
Most Regular Season wins by a rookie – 13 (2004)
Longest Regular Season win streak by a QB – 15 (2004, 2005)
First QB to start two Conference Championship Games in first two seasons (2004, 2005)
Youngest QB to win a Super Bowl (XL)
Lowest Passer rating or Super Bowl winning QB – 22.6 (XL)
2x Super Bowls Champion (XL, XLIII)
5x Pro Bowl Selection (2007, 11, 14, 15, 16)
Offensive Rookie of the Year (2004)
Pittsburgh Steelers Franchise Records
Most Passing Yards – 50,558 and counting
Most Passing TDs – 325 and counting
Most Pass Completions – 4,122 and counting
Most 200+ yard games – 124 and counting (includes playoffs)
Most 300+ yard games – 41 and counting (includes playoffs)
Most 400+ yard games – 7 and counting
Most 500+ yards games – 3 and counting
Roethlisberger has many more franchise records to his name.
Pittsburgh Steelers Season Records
Highest completion percentage – 67.1% (2014)
Most touchdown passes – 32 (2007, 14)
Highest touchdown pass percentage – 7.92% (2007)
Highest yards per attempt – 8.90 (2005)
Highest passer rating – 104.1 (2007)
Most passing yards – 4,952 (2014)
Most 200+ yard passing games – 15 (2014)
Most 300+ yard passing games – 9 (2014)
Most 400+ yard passing games – 2 (2009, 2014)
Most 500+ yard passing games – 1 (2009, 14, 17)
Most 3+ TD passing games – 5 (2007, 09)
(Tie) Most 4+ TD passing games – 3 (2007)
Most pass completions – 408 (2014)
Lowest interception percentage – 1.29% (2010)
Fewest interceptions – 5 (2010)
Pittsburgh Steelers Single-Game Records
Most Passing Yards – 522 (2014 Against the Indianapolis Colts)
Most Pass Completions – 44 (2017 Against the Baltimore Ravens)
Most Consecutive Passes Completed – Tied 15 (2007 Against the Miami Dolphins, Bubby Brister also holds record in 1989)
Highest Completion Percentage – 85% (2007 Against the Miami Dolphins)
Most TD Passes – 6 (2014 Against the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens)
Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Records
Most Pass Attempts – 295 (2004)
Most Pass Completions – 196 (2004)
Highest Completion Percentage – 66.4 (2004)
Most Passing Yards – 2,621 (2004)
Most TD Passes – 17 (2004)
Highest Yards Per Attempt – 8.88 (2004)
Highest Passer Rating – 98.1 (2004)
Wins as a Starter – 13 (2004)
Pittsburgh Steelers Postseason Records
Highest Completion Percentage – 61.3
Highest Passer Rating – 84.5
Ben Roethlisberger continues to add to his accomplishments. Furthermore, if Big Ben retires after this season, his first year of eligibility will be 2023. If you say he is not a first ballot entry then the next question is does he get in at all? Also, does it matter who is on the ballot with him?
Let us know what you think about Ben Roethlisberger and the Hall of Fame. Leave a comment below.
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