MONTANA: “Ben will be in the Hall of Fame someday”
‘The Bus’? Hall of Fame QB and Western Pennsylvania native Joe Montana certainly thinks so. “Once you are a Steelers fan, it is hard to get that out of your blood. I am also a ‘BIG’ Ben Roethlisberger fan. I really like Ben. He will be in that Hall of Fame someday.”
Yes. Those are the words spoken by one Hall of Famer himself, and the words I have been spreading around since Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. You all remember that right? February 5, 2006? No? Well let me remind some of you.
Roethlisberger, who by all accounts had by far the worst game of his NFL career but still came away with a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Roethlisberger, 33 years old, ranks 16 on the all-time passing yards list with 39,057 yards. If Roethlisberger is able to put up another 5,000 yard passing season, he could propel himself into the top 10 passing the likes of Montana himself.
In addition to that statistic, Roethlisberger has been to three Super Bowls, winning two of them. He has been selected to 3 Pro Bowls, Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Steelers team MVP in 2009. So the problem I have with this is. Why do fans from other teams repeatedly claim that Big Ben ‘sucks’?
Sure, Roethlisberger was the product of a great defense and a running game early in his career, but I must state a fact that the Steelers wouldn’t have won Super Bowls No. 5 and 6 if Roethlisberger weren’t the ones taking snaps for the black and gold. I mean, who was going to do it? Tommy Maddox?
Along with all of that, Roethlisberger is also a credit to his community. The work he does for a number of charities around the Nation is something the fans and players look at when a ‘HOF’ topic is brought up.
Long story short, Joe Montana believes that Ben Roethlisberger “will be in the Hall of Fame someday”. And that is an argument Roethlisberger haters will never win. But until his career is over, myself as well as all Steelers fans will enjoy it while it lasts.
Brian Christopher Jenkins