On Saturday, it will be 17 years since the Pittsburgh Steelers chose Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. The quarterback was drafted ahead of veterans Jake Delhomme and Troy Aikman that year.
Roethlisberger has been named to our all-time team at the position. He's the second player we've chosen, after Peyton Manning. Both were drafted in the first round by their current teams.
Roethlisberger has gone on to become one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Over the course of his career, he's won a Super Bowl championship and made three more appearances in the playoffs. He's also added three MVP awards to his resume.
In 11 seasons with the Steelers, Roethlisberger has thrown for over 50,000 yards and is one of just four players in NFL history to top 5,000 passing yards while scoring at least 20 touchdowns every season. He's also been selected to seven Pro Bowls. In January 2012, Roethlisberger announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2011 season.
After missing out on Manning, the Steelers turned to Roethlisberger as his replacement. He started immediately for the Steelers and hasn't looked back since.
Ben Roethlisberger signed a five-year contract deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 13, 2015. He started the Steelers' season opener against the New England Patriots. He was injured in the following two games, against the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams. In those games, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers took over as the team's quarterback.
Roethlisberger was drafted by the Steelers in 2004 during their first year of existence. He had been playing for the Cincinnati Bengals since 2006, but he ended up winning multiple awards during his time there. The Steelers won all three of their games when Roethlisberger played and lost four when he didn't. Overall, he played ten seasons in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
In total, he passed for 70 touchdowns and 50 interceptions while earning $60 million during his career. He also had over 100 sacks and over 30 arrests. However, he never missed a game due to injury during his career and that is why many consider him to be the greatest quarterback of all time.
After retiring from football, he moved back to his home state of Pennsylvania where he currently works as a television analyst for ESPN.
He joined the Steelers after being offered a contract worth $25 million per season. At the time, this made him the highest paid player in the league. The contract included a maximum value of $125 million over five years.
He attended Miami University and was selected by the Steelers in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2007. Roethlisberger, Ben.
Instead, Roethlisberger played wide receiver because, according to coach Cliff Hite, "my son passing to Ben was a better combo." "I'm a nationally renowned knucklehead," Hite said of his choice to start his kid over Roethlisberger at quarterback.
One year after undergoing season-ending elbow surgery, Ben Roethlisberger, 38, has his Pittsburgh Steelers poised for another Super Bowl run. With a 12-4 record, the six-time Pro Bowler led his club win 11 straight games to start the 2020 NFL season, earning a No. 3 seed in the upcoming playoffs.
11-4 Since his first appearance on "Monday Night Football" on October 10, 2005, Ben Roethlisberger has gone 11-4. The Steelers are 15-5 over that time, but Roethlisberger has missed or failed to finish five Monday night games (Washington, 2008; Chiefs, 2012; Chargers, 2015; Bengals and Dolphins, 2019). He threw for 466 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-28 win over the Bengals in Week 14 last season before suffering an elbow injury that required surgery.
Roethlisberger is 3-1 as a starter on Monday nights and has passed for at least one touchdown in all six of those games. He is also tied for fourth in NFL history with 12 career Monday night victories. Terry Bradshaw leads the way with 13 wins starting for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1975-87.
Ben Roethlisberger has never lost when leading by seven points or more after two quarters. He is 73-9 when throwing for at least 200 yards and multiple touchdowns and has done it in every season except 2013 when he suffered a shoulder injury late in the campaign that required surgery. Over that time, Roethlisberger has been involved in nine games where opponents have scored 30 points or more. He has won all but one of those games (2010 Redskins game was canceled due to weather conditions).
The only loss during that span came at the hands of Peyton Manning in 2011.