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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS513 View Post
    Hey man I just wrote this article because I thought it would be a topic of good debate, since there are a lot of people out there who still don't give Ben credit. I would appreciate not being called a douche bag.
    I think people either thought you were a Pats fan or someone who wrote this was..I don't think they understoodwhat you are trying to do with this post...That's all...

    Good thread though...i'll answer soon..


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    Great written article M!! I 100% say Ben is OVERATED!!!! Its actual and factual!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS513 View Post
    Since being selected 11th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft, Ben Roethlisberger has often found himself often being the center of praise and criticism in the National Football League. Some believe that he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, while others believe he is a product of media hype. In 2009, Roethlisberger will be entering his sixth season as an NFL quarterback, with still the same question that remains from his rookie year being asked, is Ben Roethlisberger overrated or underrated?

    Ben Roethlisberger found immediate success during his rookie season, taking the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 15-1 record, and an AFC Championship appearance. Despite the achievements, doubters still found the time to criticize Roethlisberger’s game. In his first couple seasons, Roethlisberger played in a run-heavy offense and was often limited in his number of throws. Throughout the 2004 season, Roethlisberger averaged just over 18 pass attempts a game. Once the 2004 NFL playoffs started, Roethlisberger’s game suffered. In two playoff games Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, and finished the playoffs with a 61.3 quarterback rating. Ben’s limited passing attempts and poor play in the playoffs are why some credit Jerome Bettis and a stout defense for the success of the 2004 Steelers, rather than Roethlisberger.

    The following season, The Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks met in Super Bowl XL. It was only Roethlisberger’s second season, and a 21-10 victory by the Steelers made Ben the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. However, this great accomplishment would be overshadowed by his play on the field. Although it was a Super Bowl win, Roethlisberger’s numbers were not anything to write home about. He completed only 9 of 21 pass attempts for just 123 yards, while throwing two interceptions. Roethlisberger’s Super Bowl XL quarterback rating was 22.6, the lowest rating in Super Bowl history. His poor performance on the NFL’s biggest stage would leave a sour taste in his mouth for the next three seasons.

    Many people feel the biggest problem with Ben Roethlisberger is that he holds on to the football too long and takes too many sacks. Last season, Roethlisberger was sacked a total of 46 times, which is the second most in the league. In 2007, Roethlisberger was sacked 47 times, which ranked first in the league. At times, Roethlisberger also struggles keeping a grasp of the football. In the last two seasons Roethlisberger has fumbled a total of 23 times, the most by any quarterback in the league.

    That is one side of the argument, now it is time to make the case that Ben Roethlisberger is underrated. Roethlisberger finished his rookie season with a perfect 13-0 regular season record, and was thus rewarded with winning the Rookie of the Year award. In his second season Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. He was also voted to the NFL Pro Bowl following the 2007 season.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the Super Bowl in 2008 and faced the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. Ben Roethlisberger was out to rectify his performance from Super Bowl XL, and that is exactly what he did. Roethlisberger threw for over 250 yards, and the game-winning touchdown pass. With 2:37 left on the clock, and the Steelers trailing 23-20, Ben Roethlisberger would conduct one of the most memorable drives in Super Bowl history. Roethlisberger began completing passes and moving the chains quickly and efficiently, while avoiding two sacks during the drive to keep hope alive for the Steelers. Then on third down and with just seconds remaining, Roethlisberger rolled out of the pocket and found Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone, who made a spectacular catch to win Super Bowl XLIII for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    It is true that Ben Roethlisberger may not have gaudy numbers like Tony Romo, but then again Romo has not won a playoff game, Ben has won eight. Sometimes it seems as if the statistics that a player has is the only thing that matters anymore in sports. Ben Roethlisberger may not throw for 300 yards a game, but he will more often than not, put his team in a position to win the football game. In his first five seasons, Ben has won two Super Bowl rings. Throughout his career Roethlisberger has a record of 64-26, which is the best winning percentage by any active quarterback in the NFL. Even with these facts present, some fans and critics still refuse to consider Ben Roethlisberger an elite quarterback, as they are too busy praising Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

    Well, is Ben Roethlisberger overrated or underrated? That is a question the fans will have to answer, everyone has their opinion. Whether you like him or not, you should respect him, because he has a title next to his name that can never be questioned or debated, and that is the title of champion.

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    Big Ben is underrated. Simple as that, we could have had any other QB and they would not have had the success Big Ben did simply because of his toghness and ability to take a hit and still make a great pass. Our O line struggled this year reguardless of what Ben said without his toughness we wouldnt have came close to the season we had last year. On top of that there is not a QB out there that I would take over Ben to put together a last minute game wining drive. I think that point was proved in the superbowl. We won in the last minute of the game. The "great" Tom Brady couldnt even do that when they lost to the Giants. Big Ben is the man and thats all there is to it.

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    Nice read Mike!! At least you gave 2 sides to your write up. Some people just don't have a clue round here, all they want to do is call people names, having no idea how to argue (debate) their point.


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    I already spoke with M and we should be alright. And i do know how to debate and argue my friend. When i really need to. We're all going to either agree, disagree, or argue whatever the topic of discussion may be. Is that not why we make threads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLKNGLDSCORPIO View Post
    Well said Dean. That was lovely. . To the yellow douchebag who started this. Big Ben, the greatest qb on the planet is a quarterback who is suppose to hold on to the ball for how ever long he needs to create plays, even if he has to take a sack. Give Ben all the credit in the world. And all the credit he is not getting. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STEEEEEEEELERS!!!!!! CAN YOU DIG IT? CAN YOU DIG IT? CAAAAN YOOOOUUUUU DIG IIIITTT?
    Quote Originally Posted by BLKNGLDSCORPIO View Post
    I already spoke with M and we should be alright. And i do know how to debate and argue my friend. When i really need to. We're all going to either agree, disagree, or argue whatever the topic of discussion may be. Is that not why we make threads?
    Oh yeah...thats obvious, I was just making a casual observation.


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    GREAT article !! Good read with facts supporting both sides. He should be considered one of the elite QBs because of his record,but there will always be haters example, Tim Lumber.He don't need flashy stats just wins, thats all that counts in the end !!




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