Ben Roethlisberger On Verge Of Joining Historic Club

Ben Roethlisberger’s career has never been one with gaudy numbers some quarterbacks put up. It’s been about winning and making plays in the game’s biggest moment. But soon enough, one of those numbers will put him in an elite club.

Roethlisberger is just 1124 yards away from 50,000 in his career. It’ll make him just the 8th QB in NFL history to do so. The others make up an awfully impressive list.

Peyton Manning
Brett Favre
Drew Brees
Tom Brady
Dan Marino
John Elway
Eli Manning

All quarterbacks who are, or will be, in the Hall of Fame (Eli, I suppose, is debatable, but he’s still likely).

Only once in his career has Roethlisberger led the league in passing, 2014 when he fell just shy of 5000 yards. This year, he’s on pace for another 4000 yard season, just the fifth of his career.

Impressively enough, “the big three” of the 2004 draft class are all likely to hit that mark. Manning did it last week, Roethlisberger should do it in about a month, and Philip Rivers is only 1000 yards behind Big Ben.

Maybe in a decade, the 50,000 barrier won’t be as meaningful. Guys like Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, and Matthew Stafford all could join that club and with the rise of the passing game in the NFL, big numbers will become much more common.

But for someone like Roethlisberger, not always given the credit he deserves, and beginning his career in a run-first offense, to reach this figure is remarkable.

Just to put it in perspective, and yes, the eras played a big role, Roethlisberger is more than 20,000 yards ahead of Terry Bradshaw, who never had a 4000 yard passing season.

Roethlisberger is also in the top ten in passing touchdowns with 311.

Thank God this team didn’t take Shawn Andrews. 

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Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Dennis Wright

    This is about as surprising as finding out Bettis was in line to be 5th all time in rushing in 2004. That one came out of nowhere and shocked me given where his career was at the point. I just never gave it much thought. Even with the high octane offense the Steelers had from 2014-2016 this is pretty out of the blue for Ben. Good for him. Now go win a few Super Bowls. That’s the state we really wanna look at.

  • Sam Clonch

    “Another” historic club you mean!

  • Can’t believe Eli Manning is on this list. Didn’t think he had that many yards. I still think he sucks.

  • mem359

    Ben was the first QB to have two 500 yard passing games. Is he still the only one?

  • Sam Clonch

    Yep, wouldn’t be shocked if Carr doesn’t do it again someday though. I would have said Matt Ryan could pull a second one before this year, but it isn’t looking too good for him at this point. All the other active guys with 1 already are in their twilights (Brady, Brees, Rivers, Manning).

  • PaeperCup

    Hall of Fame bound.

  • PaeperCup

    Also only one to have back to back 6 TD games. If you want to still use Passer rating, only QB with 2 perfect passer rating games in the same season. Most games with a passer rating 150+.

    But most importantly, 2 (hopefully more) time superbowl champ.

  • Darth Blount 47

    He never misses a single game. A remarkable accomplishment.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Ben should easily be over 60,000 yards right now. If you factor in that above-mentioned running Offense, combined with him getting murdered so much he had to miss a slew of games, I think Ben should be knocking on the door of the upper-upper echelon, if we go off of talent and what he has done with so little. Ben is a better passer and QB than both Eli or Phillip. I truly think people forget how pretty of a ball Ben can throw. Especially from the most ridiculous of situations. When it’s all said, done, and over, and the Big Ben highlight reel gets put together from the person willing to go back and look through every single game, it will blow the mind. The acrobatic and insane completions that Ben was able to make, are one-of-a-kind. I can still hear Berman in my head talking about how Ben would escape and keep a play alive for 10 seconds and then throw a strike. The Ben we’ve had for the last couple of seasons has been healthier and more able to utilize his weapons, but there is no doubt some of that magic has been lost. Haley has neutralized the old Big Ben. Which I do believe is part genius and part fool. I hope and wish soo badly that we can win at least one more SB for our grizzled gunslinger.

  • PittShawnC

    1st Ballot HoF’er, Canton awaits

  • Matt Manzo

    Well said!

  • I’ll never be a fan. He should have been a Charger. His daddy got him out of San Diego right away to be in N.Y.. I can’t stand him. Also, right now, he really does suck.