Although he is not widely considered a top-five quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger still deserves to be in the discussion along with Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers.
Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees would all be considered a top-four quarterback by the average NFL fan, but the quarterback who should round out the top five is wide open for debate.
Right now, most fans would probably rank Russell Wilson fifth since he just led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory. Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers often enter the discussion, but Ben Roethlisberger is often underrated in these debates.
However, Roethlisberger is better than all three of those quarterbacks just mentioned. Here are five reasons why.
5. Luck and Wilson still have more to prove
Wilson performed admirably for the Seahawks while leading them to a Super Bowl victory, but he had the No. 1 defense in the NFL, which is often used to diminish Roethlisberger’s success. He has also played just two seasons in the NFL, so he has more to prove. While winning a Super Bowl in his second season is impressive, Roethlisberger did so as well in 2005.
Luck has also been in the NFL for just two seasons, and he still has yet to make it to the AFC Championship. While the former Stanford star has impressively made the Colts a winning team again without Peyton Manning, he has not done enough to warrant being called a top-five quarterback.
4. Capable of big stats
Roethlisberger is often discredited as a quarterback for not putting up flashy stats, but that is only because he has not been forced to throw a lot for most of his career. While he has benefited from having a great defense, he does a great job at limiting the turnovers and has thrown plenty of touchdown passes. He even threw 32 in 2007 with just 404 pass attempts, and he threw 28 in 2013 when having to carry the team mostly by himself.