Ben Roethlisberger To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame Ahead of Legendary Steelers WR Despite Retiring 10 Years After Him

Published 06/13/2022, 8:06 PM EDT

If one were to talk about Steelers veterans from recent times, one name would definitely come up multiple times- QB Ben Roethlisberger. Fans affectionately knew the now-retired QB as Big Ben because of his large stature. Roethlisberger was also a long-time member of the Steelers, playing for them for over 18 seasons and leading them to multiple Super Bowls.

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Roethlisberger’s contribution to the Steelers’ performance and his own statistics have led many to hope for his addition among football’s greatest, in the Hall of Fame. However, in such an event, he would bypass another Steelers great. A man who retired a decade ago but has still been waiting for his Hall of Fame moment.

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Is Big Ben going to the Hall of Fame?

Big Ben was one of the top QBs in the NFL during his playing days and was a consistent performer. Many consider the man as someone who deserves a place in the Hall of Fame due to his consistency, his exceptional statistics, and importantly, his two Super Bowls. Now it seems that Roethlisberger may indeed be in line for the honor of being a Hall of Famer.

Dec 21, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) drops to throw during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

But in such a case, he would bypass his old teammate and another Steelers legend, WR Hines Ward. Hines retired in 2012, exactly a decade before Roethlisberger hung up his boots. Despite his exceptional performances on the field and contributions to the Steelers, Ward has still not been considered for a position in the pro-football Hall of Fame.

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Ward has not only been a brilliant player with his own records. He also has been a coach. In fact, the Houston Texans interviewed him for the post of HC earlier this year. So, his absence from the Hall of Fame makes the reason slightly baffling for fans.

What makes Ben Roethlisberger a sure pick for the HOF?

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Roethlisberger’s 18 seasons at the Steelers give him the edge over many other players more so since he led the offense for most of his time at the franchise. Furthermore, he was one of the best passing QBs in the league and has favorable stats compared to other contemporary or former QBs.

Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

In fact, apart from Pro-Bowl selections, Big Ben’s statistics compared well with other legendary HOF QBs. His passer rating and total wins are comparable to his high-end peers. He also ranks top-10 all-time in touchdown passes and top-five in total passing yards. Roethlisberger also set numerous NFL records, including the league record for most 500-yard passing games (four).

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Ward’s lack of inclusion in the Hall of Fame for so long may be surprising. But the possibility of Ben Roethlisberger getting into the HOF has definitely been of happiness and excitement for his fans and the Steelers alike.

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Prithwiraj Gupta

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Prithwiraj Gupta is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in History from Pune University. The contact aspect of the NFL made him interested in the sport.

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