Ben Roethlisberger is a professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). Nicknamed “Big Ben” or “Ben”, he plays quarterback for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers drafted him in 2004 as the 11th pick overall. He played his college ball at Miami University.
Roethlisberger has played with Pittsburgh for his entire career. In Super Bowl XL, he led the Steelers to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In 2004, the year prior to his Super Bowl victory, the quarterback was chosen as the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Prior to the 2006 season, Big Ben was in a serious motorcycle accident, which made him miss the first game of the season.
He also had an emergency appendectomy prior to the start of the season. In 2007, coming off of a sub-par year, Roethlisberger had a massive comeback season. That year, he was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Since entering the NFL, Roethlisberger has thrown for 11,673 yards. He’s completed 84 touchdown passes, while throwing 54 interceptions. His QB rating is 92.5. In 56 games, he’s hit 63.2-percent of his passes for a total of 11,673 yards.
The six-foot-five, 241-pound athlete has a tough and tall frame that’s built for football. Although he’s been battered both on and off the field, the field general has proven to be physically and mentally tough, playing well under pressure, showing fine arm strength and displaying a solid feeling for the game.
Although not the most mobile quarterback, he’s developed a good sense of the collapsing pocket and is a cool competitor. You won’t find him winning many foot races, but he does know when to throw the ball away, run out of bounds or take the loss. In 2007, he hit for 32 touchdowns while giving up just 11 interceptions.
As of 2010, Ben was suspended by Roger Goodell, without pay for the first six games of the 2010 season. The suspension was due to his violation of personal conduct policy of NFL. This suspension was later reduced to four games only. In 2011, he was ranked 30th on the Top 100 Players of 2012.
His performance was hampered by an injury and his rank slid down to number 61. During the 2013 season, he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in a game against the Detroit Lions and he went up to rank 31st. He recorded career high numbers for completion percentage, completions, attempts, and yards in the 2014 season.
In 2015, he was voted as the top 21st player in the NFL by his peers and was named to the Pro Bowl once again. Even as he suffered from knee injury in the following season, he was still able to maintain his high ranking as 22nd in the league. During the 2017 season, he recorded career-high interceptions and ranked 18th in the NFL Top100 Players of 2018.