Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 21.9 touchdown passes per season over his ten year career. Should he do that again in 2014, the two-time Super Bowl winner could pass some pretty impressive names on the list of all-time touchdown pass leaders.
Big Ben currently stands at 219 career touchdown passes. That number does not reflect postseason numbers.
If he can hit his average this upcoming season he would pass retired QBs Steve Young (232), Donovan McNabb (234), George Blanda (236), Jim Kelly (237) and Len Dawson (239).
Of that group, only McNabb is not in the Hall of Fame.
In terms of career passing yardage, Roethlisberger currently sits at 34,105 yards. For his ten year career, that averages out to just over 3,400 passing yards per season.
Should he hit his average in this category in 2014, he’ll pass more impressive quarterbacks including Jim Hart, Jim Everett and again, Jim Kelly. Should he get to just 35,000 yards in 2014, he’ll be just the 20th quarterback in NFL History to reach that milestone.
Keep in mind that Roethlisberger has seldom been allowed to throw the ball at the rates of a Drew Brees, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady and that is often held against him. Just this morning I saw a ranking of the top 10 NFL quarterbacks on the Cover32 website. It listed Roethlisberger behind those I just mentioned as well as Cam Newton, Tony Romo and Colin Kaepernick.
Roethlisberger himself will tell you it’s not about numbers for him. It’s about winning. I’m sure the other nine members of that top ten would say the same thing but only a couple of them have actually proven it.
Should Roethlisberger remain healthy, and that’s never an easy thing to do, he could put up some extremely good numbers for a guy that isn’t known as one of the top stats guys in the NFL.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard weekly on Trib-Live Radio talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.