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Sunday, January 23, 2011

With a couple of wins, Roethlisberger can establish himself as one of the all-time greats

Montana. Aikman. Brady.  Bradshaw

When the question arises to the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, these four names seemingly always top the list.  They have thrown for hundreds of thousands of yards, have more than a dozen Super Bowl rings between them and some of them have won multiple MVP awards. However, there are many in Pittsburgh who believe that another name should be on that list: Ben Roethlisberger.  They may have a case.  Personal feelings aside, you cannot deny what Roethlisberger has accomplished on the field.  In fact, being a Browns fan, I probably dislike Roethlisberger more than the average fan, and his off-the-field dalliances have not helped his case, in my opinion.  Yet even I can't deny that Roethlisberger is a great quarterback.  The guy has been in the league a mere seven seasons, and already has two Super Bowl rings, more than guys like Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning. Should he go on to win his next two games, he will surpass another great, John Elway, who has two, and will be tied with Brady.  People have said that he is arrogant, and not a team player.  Heck, when news broke of his scandal in Georgia there were several media outlets  that speculated he would not even be back with the Steelers.  Yet it appears Roethlisberger and the Steelers have put the past in the past, and are on the brink of accomplishing something that only the Patriots have done since 2000: win two Super Bowls in three years.  And, if they do that, it might be time to add another name to the all-time great qb list, if he isn't there already.

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