Say what you want about Ben Roethlisberger, but the guy just knows how to lead a team and win big games. I'll be honest when the Steelers drafted "Big Ben" I was very skeptical, and I'm not even a Steelers Fan. I was wondering why a team would draft such a seemingly slow-footed, awkward, and let's admit it, not the sharpest tool in the shed quarterback out of a non-quarterback pedigree college like Miami of Ohio? Winning a couple of Super Bowls and having some pretty memorable performances changed my mind.
It took a while, but by the end of the 2008 NFL season, which was capped by a second Super Bowl victory in only his fifth year as a starting quarterback, my opinion of him as a quarterback quickly changed, and as much as it hurt to admit it, because of my Pennsylvania loyalty to my beloved Philadelphia Eagles, I had to come to the realization that he was better than good, this guy is great, and I don't use that word too freely.
The last play of Super Bowl XLIII made me realize that it takes a special kind of talent to throw a football in the only spot possible, having no business completing it, and winning the biggest game on the biggest stage, it's a performance like that makes a good quarterback great. Even attempting a pass like that in the biggest game of anyone's career, yet alone completing it, is dare I say, "Ballsy". Well, if any quarterback had lived up to his name, Big Ben Roethlisberger proved just how big those brass ones are. All of that would've been mute if Santonio Holmes doesn't catch that pass or didn't somehow manage to keep his feet in bounds, but hey, if the ball hits your hands you're supposed to catch it. The fact that the ball even hit his hands is pretty remarkable in itself.
No, he's not flashy, he's not fast and mobile, and he's at times still very awkward. However, what he is, is what you want your quarterback to be. He's a leader on the field, he's decisive, and though not flashy or fast, he knows how to make extra time for himself by using that big frame of his and brushing off linebackers and safeties who are smaller than he is to complete passes or run for first downs. If the Steelers win Super Bowl XLV and Roethlisberger leads his team to the promise land once again, he will quickly go from being great to becoming a legend of the game, and he's not even 30 years old yet.