Happy 38th birthday, Ben Roethlisberger

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The NFL currently is enjoying a golden age of quarterbacks, with two future Hall of Famers playing into their 40s. A third future Hall of Famer is officially within two years of joining them.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turns 38 today.

The 11th pick in the 2004 draft, Roethlisberger became the starter in Pittsburgh as a rookie, starting 13 games and propelling the team to a 15-1 regular-season record and an appearance in the AFC Championship. The next year, the Steelers won the Super Bowl as the AFC’s No. 6 seed.

Three years later, the Steelers won another Super Bowl, with Roethlisberger arguably deserving of the MVP award. The 2010 season started with Roethlisberger serving a four-game suspension under the Personal Conduct Policy and ended with a third Super Bowl appearance.

He’s currently eighth on the all-time yardage list, with 56,545 yards. He’s also ninth in career touchdown passes, with 363.

Roethlisberger suffered a non-contact elbow injury in Week Two of the 2019 season, and he missed the rest of the season. Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert said last week at the Scouting Combine, repeatedly, that the Steelers expect Roethlisberger to be better than ever in 2020.

Signed through 2021, Roethlisberger has a compensation package of $21 million this season. A $37.5 million signing bonus earned last year pushes his cap number to $33.5 million, second highest in the league entering the new league year.

27 responses to “Happy 38th birthday, Ben Roethlisberger

  1. Sure he’d retired a few years ago, if you go back thru 700 or so of his radio shows he says so.

  2. Let’s stop pretending.
    The only reason he talked of retirement was Todd Haley.

  3. It has been fun to watch him play, especially those clashes vs the Ravens.

    However, he peaked a long time ago. His playoff record is 3-5 in the last nine seasons.

  4. As a quarterback he’s always been exciting to watch.

    As a person, he’s not somebody I would want my kids to be like.

  5. Didn’t he settle some type of civil suit? What was that for? Who settles a civil suit if you’re innocent?

  6. What was the reason for his suspension in 2010? QBs dont get suspended.

  7. He’s coming back just in time to become the 3rd or 4th best QB in the division.

  8. Great QB. Person? Not so much. When one has to settle a civil suit alleging rape that doesn’t exactly promote one’s moral character. Not a guy I want my kids looking up to.

  9. Ben took a beating behind some poor offensive line play earlier in his career. I think he’s been underrated and definitely the best of the 2004 draft class. He seems to have matured and become a better person. I hope he has a couple of decent years left before he hangs them up.

  10. Haters can hate all they want. Reality check is Ben will be back and Steelers will dominate the AFC N next year. No one will argue that the OH teams will once again be an embarrassment to their fans and the league. So that leaves the Ravens. Don’t forget that Pittsburgh almost beat them with a 3rd string QB. Pittsburgh D is greater than the Ratbirds and Ben’s experience beats Lamar’s athleticism. Steelers 13-3 next year.

  11. A huge fan of the Manning brothers beginning in their college years, I was cool toward Big Ben – no compelling reason – until the 2005 playoffs when he made the game saving tackle after Jerome Bettis’ fumble. Goodness, what a gutsy athletic play, one of the greatest in the history of the sport! I’ve been a big fan of his ever since.

  12. In Ben’s absence last year the steelers had a top 5 defense and a bottom 5 offense (thanks to Rudolph and Hodges’ putrid play). If Ben’s return propels the offense to even middle of the pack status, they could be a dangerous team come playoff time.

  13. Its going to be very interesting, I think we are headed for a QB correction.. Roth,Brady,Rivers,Brees,Rodgers,Ryan,Stafford.. All those names are about 2 or 3 years from retiring in my view.. I don’t see the level of talent remaining matching the fall off in talent.

    In a few years the NFL’s elite QB’s will be Wilson,WentzWatson, and Mahomes and i’m sorry outside of mahomes none of those QB’s comes near the level of elite QB’s.. the era of the unstoppable QB’s is slowly coming to an end and defenses may become more valuable then they have been in a long time.. We may actually see strong run games and strong defenses carry teams to superbowls instead of just having one unstoppable QB..

  14. Who’s in charge of hiring the analyst at NFL Network, whoever it is, should be fired!

  15. Every freaking penalty came on a big play. Mike Holmgren still to this day can’t let it go either. Ever since that complete hose job…..nobody has had the same deal. The Seahawks were 3 times better than the Steelers………somehow giving an old washed up Bettis a trophy mattered more than actually letting Seattle play football. It to this day is the worst officiated contest in history.

  16. yinzerssuck says:
    March 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm
    Haters can hate all they want. Reality check is Ben will be back and Steelers will dominate the AFC N next year. No one will argue that the OH teams will once again be an embarrassment to their fans and the league. So that leaves the Ravens. Don’t forget that Pittsburgh almost beat them with a 3rd string QB. Pittsburgh D is greater than the Ratbirds and Ben’s experience beats Lamar’s athleticism. Steelers 13-3 next year.

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    “Ben’s experience beats Lamar’s athleticism” is more hopeful thinking than anything else. How they do head to head remains to be seen, but like it or not, Lamar is the reigning MVP of the league.

  17. March 2 is my Parrots 38th hatch say. Its amusing learning who else came into the world on the same day. The bird even likes to watch football with me.

  18. What was the reason for his suspension in 2010? QBs dont get suspended.

    Troll enlightening alert: Brady was for cheating …stay focused.

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