By E. Spencer Kyte
Love of Sports Editor
What more does Ben Roethlisberger have to do to get a little love?
After all, it was “Big Ben” who orchestrated the game winning drive in Sunday’s Super Bowl. He was the one marching the Steelers into the end zone after Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald split the safeties and took it to the house to give the Cardinals the lead. While Santonio Holmes was the one making the tremendous catch in the corner of the end zone, it was Roethlisberger who not only threw the pass, but made the plays that led to Holmes being able to secure his place in Super Bowl history.
The catch was awesome, undoubtedly, but it was Roethlisberger’s ability to stay alive and find Holmes two plays earlier that led to the winning reception. His mini-scramble, pump fake and connection with Holmes are what put Pittsburgh in position to win the game in the first place.
But this isn’t just about Sunday. This is about what has been one of the best five year stretches in NFL history at the quarterback position.
Ben Roethlisberger is the second youngest quarterback in NFL history with two Super Bowl rings, preceded only by someone everyone has anointed as a sure-fire Hall of Famer, Tom Brady.
He has more wins in his first five years in the league (59 total including playoffs) than any other quarterback in the history of the game.
He’s 8-2 in his first ten playoff starts, including two championships.
Yes, he’s had the benefit of outstanding defense and a strong running game, but the bottom line is that all Ben Roethlisberger does from under center is win games, especially the big ones.
Including Sunday’s Super Bowl victory, “Big Ben” has led 18 Fourth Quarter comebacks at the helm of the Steelers. Nearly four times a year, the Miami of Ohio product has brought the Steelers back from a deficit to earn the win, none of which was more compelling and impressive than Sunday.
It wasn’t the defense that got the job done in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Sure, James Harrison had the longest play in Super Bowl history with his 100 yard interception return for a touchdown, but it would have been just a note in the record book had “Big Ben” not steered the Steelers downfield for the winning score.
He may not have a Super Bowl MVP on his mantle or the media love like Tom Brady and Joe Montana, but the truth is, Ben Roethlisberger’s one of the best quarterbacks in the business and deserving of some serious praise.