Since being drafted by the team in 2004, Ben Roethlisberger has been the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he has become one of the most elite gunslingers in the league.
He has led the team to the playoffs on eight occasions, taking them to the Super Bowl three times, and winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy itself twice. He has also been selected for the Pro Bowl four times, holds several team and NFL records, and many would argue he is a first ballot Hall of Famer.
However, with so many injuries over recent years and now at the age of 34, some have questioned if Big Ben's time as the leading man under center for the Steelers is coming to an end. However, the team's general manager Kevin Colbert has dismissed this speculation.
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In an interview with ESPN, he said: "Ben's a franchise quarterback. There are a few that have two (or more Super Bowls since 2004), but he's one of those few. We're very fortunate.
"We still have, you know, we think three to four more good years in his prime. We're excited to see what he can do in that time period and what we can do to help him be successful."
Considering the talent which Roethlisberger has around him in the likes of Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant (although he has been suspended), and the newest addition of Ladarius Green, the potential is there to keep pushing for playoff spots so long as their quarterback remains healthy.
As long as they are injury-free, the combination on offense of Roethlisberger, Bell, and Brown, is one of dreams for many NFL teams, and the only thing which has stopped the team advancing further in the playoffs in recent years has been their defense. But now, a lot of people are saying 2016 could be their year.
The Steelers has always been a team high on people's cards for making the Super Bowl each year solely because Big Ben is under center. There are not many quarterbacks that are better than him in the NFL so as long as he is there, they have a chance of going all the way.
According to NFL.com: "Over the last two seasons, Roethlisberger has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 8,890 yards, 8.3 yards per attempt and 53 touchdowns against just 25 interceptions." Truly exceptional.
The only reason why the Steelers might bail out on Big Ben early is because of the injury history, so as long as he stays healthy, there is no reason why he can't stay as the team's quarterback for three or four more years, just like Colbert said.
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