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Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV? It’s not what anyone expected heading into the playoffs and is definitely not what we hoped for, but we’re all going to watch it anyway. The stage has been set for a colossal battle between two great quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburg Steelers, and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. The question is . . . how great are these quarterbacks? Can these two be placed in the same category as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees?
Aaron Rodgers definitely had one of his best season’s numbers-wise and his play throughout the year showcased the amount of talent he truly has. Rodgers has yet to get a Super Bowl ring under his belt so its tough to compare him to Brady, Manning, and Brees just yet. Ben Roethlisberger is a whole different story.
Let’s face it; Big Ben was unquestionably one the best quarterbacks this football season even though he missed games earlier in the year. The man led the Pittsburg Steelers team to a regular season record of 12-4, winning their division and now advancing to the Super Bowl. He threw one more interception than Tom Brady (5), threw for 17 touchdowns, ran for 2 touchdowns, threw over 3,000 yards and had a better passing rating than Manning and Brees. Those numbers may not seem like a lot, but we have to remember he played 4 less games.
Also, Roethlisberger has only thrown 86 interceptions in his first seven seasons, which is the same amount of interceptions Tom Brady accumulated after seven seasons. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, meanwhile, both threw more than 95 interceptions in their first seven seasons. Big Ben has a career regular season win percentage of .706 which only trails Tom Brady (.776). This win percentage is better than both Drew Brees (.577) and Peyton Manning (.678).
Tom Brady: 14-5 in playoffs, win percentage of .737
Peyton Manning: 9-10 in playoffs, win percentage of .473
Drew Brees: 4-3 in playoffs, win percentage of .571
Ben Roesthlisberger: 10-2 in playoffs, win percentage of .833
You make the call. Is Ben Roethlisberger one of the best quarterbacks of this decade?