No one defines “getting better with age” quite like Ben Roethlisberger is at the age of 33. While I believe he’s had some better overall seasons in the past, his numbers last year were pretty darn good and he appears to be heading in the same direction again in 2015.
With each game that ticks of the calendar, Big Ben has the opportunity to move past some of the greats in NFL History. In terms of passing yardage, he is shooting to end up as the 11th and possibly 10th all-time leader by the end of the season. Currently at 16, he is in position to pass Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Kerry Collins and possibly Dan Fouts.
Among that group is Eli Manning who is still active of course.
In terms of career touchdown passes, Ben is likely to reach the top ten there as well. Currently, he sits at 255 TD passes which ranks him 15th. That’s one behind Philip Rivers and six behind Eli Manning and David Krieg. Another performance similar to last season will also see him pass Montana and Vinny Testaverde which would again put him in the top ten all-time.
Roethlisberger is going to be knocking on the top 10 door in career pass completions as well. He is 15th right now but is almost guaranteed to pass Montana, Collins and Dan Fouts.
When you consider how run-oriented the Steelers were in the early part of his career, it’s pretty impressive to look at where he will potentially be when he finally decides to call it quits. Certainly health will be the overwhelming factor as he continues to climb the leader boards in these respective clubs.
At the rate he is going however, the sky is the limit. While I don’t believe he’s going to catch Peyton Manning or Brett Favre, I’ve learned to never count him out.