The great quest that almost every team in the National Football League participates in at one point or another is the search for the next great quarterback. This doesn’t even have to mean the next great quarterback of all time, it can sometimes mean the next great quarterback in a team’s history. Finding that diamond in the rough is for fans, a dream come true. Having a great quarterback means that a team will almost certainly be competitive, if not successful. The Pittsburgh Steelers became one of those teams in 2004 when they selected Ben Roethlisberger from the University of Miami in Ohio.
For such a young quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger has already accomplished a lot, including multiple Super Bowl victories, Pro Bowl appearances and becoming the leader of a franchise rich in history. However, not much is known about him, and here are five interesting facts any fan should know about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
-In four of the first seven years of Ben’s career, he finished the season with exactly the same number of touchdown passes thrown for the season. His statistics for 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010 show that he has 17 total touchdown passes.
-As of the 2010 NFL season, Ben Roethlisberger had thrown more touchdown passes, 19 in total, against the Cleveland Browns than against any other team in the league.
-Throughout the 2010 NFL season, the only players to have caught ten or more touchdown passes during Roethlisberger’s career are Hines Ward (39), Heath Miller (26), Santonio Holmes (17), Mike Wallace (13) and Nate. Washington (11).
-Ben’s first career TD pass came in a 30-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2004. He came in the fourth quarter and went for three yards. It was Pittsburgh’s first score of the game and he was caught by Antwaan Randle El.
-Throughout the 2010 NFL season, Ben Roethlisberger had thrown 144 touchdown passes during his career. He pitched 88 of those during the first half of the games he played and only 56 of them in the second half.