Ben Roethlisberger Remains Underrated Through Record Season

By Brandon Sweeney
Mark Konezny – USA TODAY Sports

Eight losses to a team will take a lot of eyes away from an organization and it’s players. Through 13 games in 2013, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has recorded very impressive numbers with little buzz around the league about it. It is not very often that Roethlisberger is put into a conversation with all of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. The 10th year veteran remains underrated.

Roethlisberger is on pace to break just about every passing record in Steelers’ history during a regular season. Roethlisberger’s 349-yard passing performance against the Miami Dolphins last week marked the fifth time this season that he has recorded more than 300 yards in a game. Along with that statistic, Roethlisberger has also registered 320 completions and 3,724 yards — both stats are franchise records through 13 games of a season.

“It’s great when you find the nice rhythm with your guys on the field, the receivers, the offensive line, the play caller,” said back-up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. “To be in the zone, you are having fun playing and making plays. That is one thing he has always done, make plays. It’s cool to see, he is doing a great job. He is running the show. He does a great job doing that, getting guys lined up, making the right calls, and he has been doing a great job this year.”

Roethlisberger is just 605-yards shy from breaking his 2009 season record of 4,328 yards. Last Sunday, the 6-foot-5 quarterback became the all-time leading touchdown passer in Steelers’ history with 215 (Terry Bradshaw — 212). Roethlisberger has not thrown an interception in four consecutive games, but has thrown 11 touchdowns in that time frame. Lastly, Roethlisberger has extended his touchdown streak to 27 games, in which throwing at least one touchdown pass in consecutive games played (playoffs included).

“We use the saying ‘he’s on fire’ and that is exactly what he is right now,” said wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. “He is throwing the ball really well, he sets the tempo when he gets in the huddle, and he is putting guys in the right mindset.”

When adversity hit Roethlisberger over the course of his career, the former Miami University of Ohio star has persevered more times than not. Roethlisberger has taken a team known for running the ball, to a pass first mentality — doing so in a physical fashion that Steeler Nation has learned to love.

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