First Career NFL Touchdowns Courtesy Of Ben Roethlisberger


During his Tuesday morning interview on 93.7 The Fan, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was reminded that the touchdown scored Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings by rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was his first official catch in the NFL. After talking a little about the progress Smith-Schuster has made so far during his rookie season, Roethlisberger had this to say:

“I’d love at some point when I retire to look back at the list of all the guys that caught their first NFL touchdown from me. I think it would be a pretty cool list.”

Well, Roethlisberger doesn’t have to wait until he retires to look at that list as I think I have them all compiled for him thanks to some quick research on Pro Football Reference. Additionally, it probably won’t take Roethlisberger long to look at the list of names.

The list of players who have scored their first NFL career touchdown via a pass from Roethlisberger now includes 19 names as of Sunday. The list of those players is below and in the order that they happened.

In case you’re wondering why Antonio Brown isn’t on the list, his first NFL touchdown came via a kickoff return.


In case you’re curious, Smith-Schuster became the 41st different player that Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown pass during his NFL career.

Let me know if you find any errors in this research.

First Career NFL Touchdowns Courtesy Of Ben Roethlisberger

PlayerYearDateOppResultQuarterDist
Verron Haynes200410/3/2004CINW 28-17211
Heath Miller20059/11/2005TENW 34-713
Santonio Holmes200611/19/2006@CLEW 24-20420
Matt Spaeth20079/9/2007@CLEW 34-735
Mike Wallace200910/11/2009@DETW 28-20347
Emmanuel Sanders201011/14/2010NWEL 26-3946
Issac Redman201011/21/2010OAKW 35-3416
David Johnson201110/9/2011TENW 38-1721
Weslye Saunders201111/27/2011@KANW 13-922
Will Johnson201210/28/2012WASW 27-1231
Derek Moye20139/16/2013@CINL 10-2021
Martavis Bryant201410/20/2014HOUW 30-23235
Markus Wheaton201410/26/2014INDW 51-34118
Jesse James201511/8/2015OAKW 38-3544
Eli Rogers20169/12/2016@WASW 38-1623
Xavier Grimble20169/18/2016CINW 24-16120
Sammie Coates201610/9/2016NYJW 31-13172
Cobi Hamilton201610/16/2016@MIAL 15-30423
JuJu Smith-Schuster20179/17/2017MINW 26-924

  • johnhoien

    AB isn’t on the list? Charlie Batch maybe..

  • Justin Schramm

    AB’s was a kick return

  • Mark Stouffer

    Santonio Holmes didn’t score his first TD until November of his rookie year? Jeez

  • SteelersDepot

    That’s answered above in the post

  • NinjaMountie

    Wow, Ben is 16 – 3 when throwing the ball that is a player’s first TD reception. Maybe we need to keep running touchdownless players out there for him to throw to.

  • colingrant

    1/3 over the last 2 years.

  • Keith Evans

    Ben did say ‘caught’ he is definitely referring to td passes that he has thrown. If Ben was making this list AB would definitely be on it. Assuming it was Ben who threw him his first td pass of course…?

  • Steeler808

    Poor Cobi. I really miss that dude.

  • Steel City Slim

    It was on a beautiful reverse on a kickoff.

  • Mister Wirez

    Stats for the die hards! Love it

  • VaDave

    Derek Moye?? 70% of the scoring on the day? No wonder we lost that game…seriously, I forgot all about him. I wonder how many TDS he had during his career.

  • SteelersDepot

    Even if he did mean that, and no way to know he did, the list only grows by 4 players:

    Antonio Brown
    Le’Veon Bell
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Najeh Davenport

  • francesco

    Not sure what the point is?

  • AndyR34

    Try reading…it helps with understanding.

  • treeher

    Rather than ‘first touchdown” I think it should be “first TD pass reception” and AB would be on the list. Even carrying it further, what about first hand-off for a rushing TD? There must be a bunch of those too.

  • treeher

    Hey, by the way, nobody’s been saying anything yet about us facing the Bears with Marcus Wheaton.

  • francesco

    I re-read the article and i still don’t get the point except it “would be cool to have a list?”

  • AndyR34

    And…that’s the point. Ben mentioned wondering anout the list and Dave provided it. Not too difficult.

  • Rob Erickson

    Would it be possible to go through the pick-6’s of his career and see who got their first defensive touchdown off a Ben throw? Would be a fun little sub-category to see.

  • francesco

    So now that there is this list… what now? I say we have a beer!

  • SteelersDepot

    Interception Returns:
    Michael Griffin
    Daven Holly
    Chris Crocker
    Chris Carr
    Nnamdi Asomugha
    Will Peterson

    Sack Fumble Returns:
    Jamaal Anderson
    Tim Crowder
    Robert Ayers

  • Rob Erickson

    Interesting. Ben has 13 career pick-six touchdowns and 6 of them were career firsts. Not exactly a who’s who of shut-down corners on that list.

  • AndyR34

    In a meeting, but just finished my first Stella!

  • Ed McConnell

    I forget what year but AB’s first TD was opening kickoff VS Titans. The previous game VS Falcons ended on TD run by Mendenhall in OT. With extra point after AB’s TD, the Steelers scored 13 points on consecutive game plays. I wonder if that has ever been equaled in the NFL?