Ben Roethlisberger 7th QB To Reach 125 Regular Season Wins

This seemed to slip some people’s radar during the week, but I certainly think that it is worth pointing out. With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory over the Vikings on Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger became just the seventh quarterback in NFL history to reach the mark of 125 regular season wins, doing so in 185 games played.

He joins Tom Brady of the Patriots—currently third all-time behind Peyton Manning and Brett Favre—and Drew Brees as the only active players who have reached the 125-win mark in the regular season. I don’t really know how many games it took the other quarterbacks to reach 125 wins, but Roethlisberger’s .676 career winning percentage is the fourth-highest among the top 10 all-time winningest quarterbacks.

It’s also the sixth-highest winning percentage of all time among quarterbacks who have started at least 20 games, and the fourth-highest, behind just Brady, Joe Montana, and Manning, among those quarterbacks who have made at least 100 starts in their career.

For those wondering, Roethlisberger has a career home record of 70-22 for a winning percentage at Heinz Field of 76.1 percent. On the road, he owns a 55-38 record for a winning percentage of 59.1. He has to date played one more game on the road—93—than he has at home.

Comparing him to current quarterbacks only, Roethlisberger’s winning percentage is second only to Brady’s among quarterbacks with 100 starts, although Seattle’s Russell Wilson currently owns a winning percentage of .701 in 82 games played. Aaron Rodgers is the nearest with a .664 winning percentage out of 137 career starts.

That is roughly Roethlisberger’s winning percentage over his last 100 games, because he has won 66 of them and lost 34 for an even .660 winning percentage. Since the 2014 season, he has gone 30-13 in the games that he has started, producing a winning percentage of 69.8.

The two-time Super Bowl champion has only posted an individual losing record once in his career, during his third season in which the Steelers went 8-8 overall. He started 15 of 16 games and finished 7-8 in those games. He has only lost eight games one other time, in 2013 when they also went 8-8 overall. He has never lost more than six games in any other year.

One can’t help but wonder how many more games, and wins, he will have to add on to his legacy before he calls it a career. Might he really only have 14 more regular season games left, following his retirement talk this offseason?

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  • VaDave

    Enjoy him while he’s here. He’ll be gone before you know it.

  • DirtDawg1964

    And yet you will find plenty of people who make him sound like a bum. He is flawed but we will all miss him when he’s gone. When the next iteration of Bubby Brister, Mark Malone, Kent Graham, Jim Miller, Kordell Stewart et Alf shows up we will all be pining for Ben.

  • george

    God don’t remind me. I’ve been a Steelers fan for 43 years and I remember the sad parade of QBs we had after TB retired.

  • RickM

    Those who are not Roethlisberger fans will give credit to others (e.g. the great D of our SB era). But personally, I think it all evens out over a lengthy career.

    If their current play continues, the Giants and Chargers will both have losing records in 2017. That’ll mean Eli Manning will have had 4 losing seasons in his last 5 years. Phillip Rivers will have had 4 losing seasons in his last 6 years. Neither QB was able, through his own accomplishments, to keep his team consistently at .500 or better. Meanwhile our QB has never had a sub-.500 season in 13 years. Not a one. And he’ll make it 14-14 at .500 or better in 2017.

    Ben has his flaws, but we easily won the 2004 draft that offered Manning, Rivers and Roethlisberger. Thank goodness for our wonderful owner who steered the conversation back to #7. Thanks also to the Giants and Chargers for getting it wrong.

  • deuce_seven

    2 playoff wins puts him 2nd all-time to Brady in that category.

  • pittfan

    Ugh. Yup

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Makes me wonder what the fan refrain will be about the next legitimate Steelers franchise QB. With Ben, it has been how long he holds onto the ball (more of a concern years ago), injury concerns, and inconsistencies on the road.

    Maybe the next guy (in fans’ eyes) won’t take enough risks, won’t roll out of the pocket, won’t audible out of plays enough. In other words, he may be the opposite of Ben, for better or worse.

  • Jeff McNeill

    You mean Super Bowl wins? Two of those puts him tied for second among active QBs, with Eli.

  • Lil Smitty

    IT will be whatever the Super Bowl winning QB will be doing differently than the Steelers QB. Unless, of course, they win the Super Bowl.

  • 6 ring circus

    I swear, my reading and comprehension skills are deteriorating, Somebody help me out – who are the six QBs named in the article to accomplish the feat before Ben?

  • Darth Blount 47

    The mere thought, the idea, that this could be it for Ben, makes me weep like a 5-year old.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Brady, Manning, Favre, Brees, and the fifth and sixth, which I didn’t mention, Elway and Marino. Montana won 117 games, but only lost 47.

  • 6 ring circus

    Thanks for clearing that up…my reading comp skills are still deteriorating though!

  • Louis Hensler

    True, but you didn’t mention Neil O’Donnell, who proved that even an average QB can succeed with the right talent around him. Those QBs you mentioned couldn’t carry the team, but the team’s problems at that time weren’t all the fault of the QB.