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Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger Will Have One of His Best Seasons in 2013

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger‘s season ended far too early for the 10-year veteran’s liking in 2012. The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered in three games without Big Ben in a crucial point in the season which led them to ultimately miss the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but coming off a season cut three games and about 1,000 yards short, many people are wondering if the veteran quarterback will be able to come back just as good as he left.

Well, I’m here to tell you Roethlisberger fans out there that he will be better than ever.

That’s right, I said better than ever. Better than his 4,300-yard and 26-touchdown season in 2009. Better than his 32-touchdown season in 2007. Yes, even better than his two 100-plus QB rating seasons.

He is losing receiver Mike Wallace and is one more year closer to retirement at age 31, so why am I so sure?

Well, it may sound crazy, but the veteran quarterback is due for a breakout season. Every top veteran quarterback has one of those seasons where he shocks the league and plays like he’s still in his prime. Brett Favre did it. Heck, Kurt Warner did it too. So why not Roethlisberger?

Big Ben has yet to put all of his great stats together in one season. He has had a couple of 4,000-yard passing seasons, a couple of high QB rating seasons, a few minimal-interception seasons and a handful of numerous-touchdown seasons. However, it’s time for the quarterback to put it all together.

It’s almost unreal to think that such an accurate quarterback has only passed for over 4,000 yards two times in his career.

With Antonio Brown and Plaxico Burress looking to make the receiving corps better than they were last year along with a couple of solid rookies and veteran tight end Heath Miller, Big Ben can surely make 2013 a career year.

Don’t forget the second-round pick, running back Le’Veon Bell taking the pressure off of Roethlisberger and finally giving the Steelers a solid, consistent run game.

Next season will be a special one for Big Ben and the Steelers.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.