Despite a dismal offensive showing, the Steelers prevailed thanks to three Packer turnovers. The winning quarterback was Kordell Stewart, who came into the game with a 14-year career record of.462/.523/.849.
Stewart had been the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback for seven seasons before being traded to Pittsburgh in April 2004. He went 6-3 as a starter in his only season with the Steelers before retiring after nine games in 2005 because of a neck injury. His replacement was Byron Leftwich, whom they acquired from the Buccaneers that same month.
Leftwich played well enough in Steward's absence to keep him off the field, and he finished the season with 2,894 passing yards, 16 touchdowns vs. 19 interceptions. He also ran for four scores during that time period.
In January 2006, Leftwich was named the new starter by coach Mike Tomlin after Stewart announced his retirement due to health issues related to his family history of heart disease. At the time of his announcement, Stewart had not thrown an NFL pass since 2001 when he played for the Bills.
Leftwich played well enough in his first season as a starter to earn another year under center.
For eleven seasons, Charlie Batch was a valuable backup, but Malone is the selection here. With a 21-24 record in eight seasons in Pittsburgh, the team's previous No. 1 choice from Arizona State was the starting quarterback for four years. During the 1984 season, Malone guided the squad to the AFC Championship Game.
Reed kicked a 33-yard field goal in overtime during the Steelers' 2005 AFC Divisional Playoff game against the New York Jets after his New York counterpart, Doug Brien, missed two field goals.
In 2002, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2002 to 2010, and he ranks second all-time in points scored by a Steeler, trailing only Gary Anderson. He has also played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.
Unfortunately for him, he never played in a Super Bowl, which is an obvious need for being mentioned among Bradshaw, O'Donnell, and Ben Roethlisberger. Despite this, Brister had a tremendous career with the Steelers and is clearly one of the Steelers' best starting quarterbacks.
Bradshaw was the first overall pick in the 1974 NFL draft and went on to have a very successful career as a Steeler. He passed for over 10,000 yards during his time with the team and has always been regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in franchise history. During his time with the team, Bradshaw also led them to three Super Bowl appearances, winning one title. After retiring as a Steeler in 1990, he went on to have a lengthy career in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts.
O'Donnell started eight games for the Steelers during the 1978 season before suffering a knee injury that required surgery. He returned the next season but was unable to regain his previous form and was eventually released by the team. After leaving the Steelers, O'Donnell played two more seasons in the NFL. One with the New York Jets and another with the Washington Redskins.
Ben Roethlisberger is a current player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been praised for his play since he entered the league in 2004. He has gone on to become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL today.
2004 Ben Roethlisberger was drafted 11th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he has cemented his reputation as the Steelers' franchise quarterback with two Super Bowls and five Pro Bowl appearances. View images from his ongoing remarkable career.
He entered the league as a wide receiver and played that position until 2002 when he moved to center because of an injury to the team's starter. In 2003, he returned to wide receiver but was switched back to quarterback after another Steeler went down with an injury. In 2004, coach Mike Tomlin decided it was time for him to take over the job and made Roethlisberger their new quarterback. He has not looked back since then and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the game today.
Benjamin Russell "Ben" Roethlisberger Jr. is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2001 Heisman Trophy winner out of Miami (Ohio) University has been named the NFL's Most Valuable Player twice, won three Super Bowl titles, and earned $60 million during his career so far.
He signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Miami (Ohio) University and has never looked back since. His career record is 69-37 with a.763 winning percentage.
Roethlisberger is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
Jr. Joseph Wiley Gilliam Joe Gilliam: Joseph Wiley Gilliam, Jr. (December 29, 1950–December 25, 2000) was a professional football player who spent four seasons as a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He started the first six games of the 1974 season as a backup. In those games he completed 11 of 24 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Gilliam was drafted by the Steelers in 1971 after graduating from Florida State University. He replaced Terry Bradshaw as the team's starting quarterback during the 1973 season when Bradshaw suffered a broken neck in a car accident. Gilliam started all 16 games that season and led the team to a 10-6 record. He finished the game with 302 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The Steelers lost their first game as Gilliam took the loss but they eventually went on to win the next three games while he was the starter to be back-to-back winners for the first time since 1970-1971.
In January 1974, Bradshaw returned from his injury and Gilliam was demoted to third string status. He remained there until Bradshaw suffered another injury in October 1974 and Gilliam again became the starter. This time though, Bradshaw would not return from his second injury and Gilliam was forced to leave the team after the sixth game of the season. He finished the year with 1,719 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions.