Ben Roethlisberger has always been tied to number 7. He’s worn it every season during his 17 years as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He wore it while playing college football in Miami, Ohio. What about the number that is always attached to Big Ben?
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Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered their first loss of the season in week 13 of this season. After starting the season 11-0, the Steelers were shocked at home by the Washington Football team this week. However, the Steelers are still affiliated with the Kansas City Chiefs for the best record in the NFL.
The Steelers were revived this season after Roethlisberger returned from an elbow injury at the end of the season. Last year his season ended in week 2 at Roethlisberger. The Steelers jumped between quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges and ended the season 8-8. Roethlisberger’s return this season has put the offensive back on its feet.
Roethlisberger has executed 27 touchdowns against seven interceptions in 12 games this year. He is well on his way to breaking his career high for touchdown passes (34), which he set in 2018. He has completed 66.9% of his passports.
Roethlisberger has a Hall of Fame career behind him
Ben Roethlisberger had a stellar college career, playing quarterback in Miami, Ohio for three years. In his junior year, Roethlisberger threw for 4,486 yards and finished with 37 touchdown passes. He entered the 2004 NFL draft after his junior season and was the 11th overall winner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It didn’t take Big Ben long to get used to life in the NFL. He started 13 of the 14 games he played in 2004 and went 13-0, which led the Steelers to a 15-1 regular season record. Pittsburgh lost in the AFC title game to the New England Patriots. However, Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings.
Roethlisberger has been inducted into the Pro Bowl six times, including four consecutive seasons (2014-17). Twice he has led the league in passing. In 2018, he racked up a career high of 5,129 yards. For his NFL career, Roethlisberger has put together a record of 168-80-1, including playoffs.
Big Ben explains why he wears # 7
Ahead of a November 2018 game in Denver, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger heard John Elway’s name mentioned in an interview during a media chat. Elway was the heavily armed quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the 1980s and 90s. When Elway’s name came up, Roethlisberger got involved.
“That’s why I wear 7,” said Roethlisberger, according to Steelers.com. “Because of him. A hero of mine who grew up.” Elway is now President of Football Operations and GM for the Broncos. “He knows I’m wearing seven because of him,” said Roethlisberger. “It’s the same for me, me I’m talking about these four quarterbacks, (Joe) Montana, (Dan) Marino, Elway, and (Jim) Kelly, those four guys I was lucky enough to see. “
Roethlisberger said he modeled his game on Elway, but wished he had Elway’s arm strength. “I joked that he could throw a ball through a car wash and it wouldn’t get wet,” he said. “He has such a big arm. Not really a runner but would run. That was kind of my game. I’m not a running quarterback, but don’t be afraid to run and get the yards if you have to. This is the kind of thing that I formed from my game. I wish my arm was as strong as his. “