The 5 Best Ben Roethlisberger Steelers Moments Ever
Over the past decade-and-a-half or so, few NFL quarterbacks have had astounding success on the gridiron as Ben Roethlisberger. The two-time Super Bowl champion joins the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers as the best QBs in the business during this stretch. Sadly, it appears as though Big Ben is about to call it a career after the 2021 season is in the books.
That being said, join us as we relive the five best moments from Ben Roethlisberger’s amazing NFL career as a Pittsburgh Steelers legend. And to be on top of all the developments from the ongoing 2021 NFL season and beyond, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
A Dazzling 13-0 Start
As the 11th-overall pick by Pittsburgh Steelers at the 2004 NFL Draft, expectations were certainly high for Ben Roethlisberger right out the gate. The Ohio native certainly lived up to those lofty standards in his maiden NFL campaign.
Roethlisberger got his first taste of victory in the pros as a fill-in for injured incumbent starter Tommy Maddox in Week 2 of that 2004 season. From there on, Big Ben went a perfect 13-0 in his first 13 NFL starts; a record at the time that he shattered by nearly doubling the streak of the previous record-holder (six). Roethlisberger and the Steelers would ultimately fall to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game this season, but the sky’s already the limit for the 6-foot-5 gunslinger.
The Shoestring Tackle
Roethlisberger would deliver on the promise of his stellar rookie season right away by leading the Steelers to a Super Bowl win in just his second year in the NFL. Although Ben’s numbers weren’t as eye-popping in 2005 compared to the seasons that would follow, he’d still be widely remembered for saving the Steelers’ season with a game-altering play against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Round.
Late in the final quarter, Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis fumbled the ball away into the hands of Indy defender Nick Harper. Only one man was left in Pittsburgh’s backfield to prevent a late Colts defensive TD from happening, and that was none other than Big Ben.
Roethlisberger stopped Harper with a shoestring tackle that nearly missed, as Pittsburgh hung on to win, 21-18. The Steelers would run the table the rest of the way to win their fifth Super Bowl title. That victory also give Bettis the best final NFL season one could ask for; his first and only Super Bowl title and in front of his hometown of Detroit as the Steelers manhandled the Seahawks in the championship game, 21-10.
Another Super Bowl Play for the Ages
Roethlisberger was back at just two years after his spectacular 2006 campaign. He led the Steelers to yet another Super Bowl appearance, albeit without the likes of offensive weapons Bettis and Hines Ward from the previous title-winning campaign.
Super Bowl XLIII is still fondly remembered as one of the most entertaining Super Bowls of all time, with a bunch of huge plays and lead changes being exchanged by the Steelers and the Cardinals. However, Ben’s game-winning drive with under five minutes left in the contest punctuated by one of the best catches in Super Bowl history really stands out.
Roethlisberger connected with young wideout Santonio Holmes for an acrobatic five-yard TD catch that was so spectacular that no words can illustrate its wonder as Pittsburgh prevailed with a tense 27-23 victory over the Cards. The Steelers would set a new NFL record by winning their sixth Lombardi Trophy following that victory, and it was Big Ben and Holmes’ late-game heroics that will forever be seared into our brains as one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.
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12 TDs in Two Games
Roethlisberger’s NFL career following his Super Bowl loss to the Packers in 2010 (his last SB appearance to date) has been filled with ups and downs. But in the middle of the 2014 season, Ben had a two-game stretch that will likely be unrivaled for years or even decades to come.
In Week 8, Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns against the Colts. The next week, he torched division rivals the Ravens to the tune of 340 passing yards and six more TDs, becoming the first and only player in NFL history to throw six touchdowns in back-to-back games, and without a single pick during this mind-boggling two-game stretch to boot.
A True Legend at Heinz Field
Although Roethlisberger’s (presumed) final home game of his career had its fair share of lowlights, the final outcome that was a 26-14 win over the Browns in Week 17 of the 2021 season still added another feather to his already-decorated cap.
With the victory, Roethlisberger secured his 83rd-career win in Heinz Field. This ties him with Brett Farve for the third-most wins by an NFL quarterback at a single venue as he joined the ranks of other Hall-of-Famers in Favre, Tom Brady, and John Elway for such a rare accomplishment. That being said, it won’t be long until Big Ben joins these fine gentlemen in the halls of Canton as a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, hands down.
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