Ben Roethlisberger is the greatest quarterback in Steelers’ history. Yes, Ben’s career is far from over, but he’s already proven to be the best QB that’s ever played in a black and gold uniform. Terry Bradshaw is the No.1 QB in many of Steelers fans’ hearts. Bradshaw dazzled fans in the Steelers’ greatest era, that being the 1970’s.
Big Ben took the NFL by storm in his rookie season. Roethlisberger, arguably put together the best rookie season of all-time in 2004. The Steelers were 6-10 in 2003. Ben Roethlisberger started 13 games in his rookie year, and won every single game. Roethlisberger broke several rookie QB records. He was the start of the rookie QB craze that still continues to this date. More and more teams are willing to place rookie QBs in starting roles all thanks to Roethlisberger.
Ben, then went on to win a Super Bowl in his second season, making him the youngest QB to capture a Super Bowl ring. There isn’t another QB that had better rookie and sophomore years than Big Ben.
Bradshaw certainly did not have the same impact in his early years. Bradshaw lost the starting job many of times in his first few seasons. Bradshaw didn’t lead the Steelers to the playoffs until his third season. He even lost his starting job a couple of times in 1974; his first Super Bowl year.
When comparing the two quarterbacks’ stats, an uneducated fan will say “Roethlisberger is definitely the better QB.” You can NOT compare passing stats from two separate eras.
For most of his career, Bradshaw played in a defense-ruled league. Defenders were allowed to jam receivers all the way up and down the field. Since the Mel Blount rule was put in place in 1978, passing stats have risen more and more.
Ben is the better QB based off of his ability. Ben is a way more accurate passer. Terry may have been able to throw a better deep ball, but that’s about it. Ben and Bradshaw both have had their share of big game wins. Although, I’d definitely rather have Roethlisberger on my side if I’m down late in the fourth quarter.
Terry Bradshaw played with a countless number of hall of famers. Roethlisberger has been the heart and soul on offense on most of his teams, and on defense there weren’t many hall of famers on those teams. Simply put: Bradshaw played with a significantly better supporting cast. The Steelers of Roethlisberger’s era need him more than the 70’s Steelers needed Bradshaw.
Super Bowl Appearances – 4
Super Bowl Wins – 4
Super Bowl MVP Awards – 2
Pro Bowl Selections – 3
League MVP – 1
Super Bowl Appearances – 3
Super Bowl Wins – 2
Super Bowl MVP Awards – 0
Pro Bowl Selections – 2
League MVP – 0