By Steve Samek
Quarterbacks are the main position for any football team. Both on and off the field the quarterback can be the face of the franchise. ESPN has taken to naming the best Qb’s for each team. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19649516/the-franchise-qbs-final-all-rankings-all-32-teams.
I will be looking at my vote for the Pittsburgh Steelers best signal caller.
The fans voted and Ben Roethlisberger was number one over Terry Bradshaw. The NFL Nation vote had Bradshaw as the winner. http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/19684083/the-franchise-qbs-final-rankings-top-signal-callers-pittsburgh-steelers-history.
Roethlisberger is a winner of two super bowls. He has thrown for 46,814 yards and has 301 touchdown passes with 3,804 completions. All of these are top marks in the history of the Steelers. Add in five Pro Bowl invites and an AP Offensive rookie of the year and you have a true talent. http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/19684083/the-franchise-qbs-final-rankings-top-signal-callers-pittsburgh-steelers-history.
Bradshaw is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He led the Steelers to the playoffs from 1972 to 1979. During the 1978 season He was named AP Most Valuable player. Only Steeler to ever do so. Bradshaw has thrown 212 touchdowns and competed 2025 passes for 27,989 yards in 13 NFL seasons. http://www.profootballhof.com/players/terry-bradshaw/stats/.
The key stat though, four super bowl wins against Roethlisberger’s two. Championship wins matter a lot in these debates and do here. The 1989 Hall of Famer is the best QB to wear the black and gold. Roethlisberger can be in the conversation, as he has the edge over Bradshaw by stats, but doesn’t have the big wins. Big Ben should join Bradshaw in Canton when his career is done though.