Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, Sr., usually known as Ben Roethlisberger, was born in Lima, Ohio on March 2, 1982. A quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he is known for his efficient passing and his style of play has drawn comparisons with his idol, John Elway. Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion and is the Steelers' all-time leader in terms of passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass completions.
After captaining the football team at Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio, Roethlisberger attended Miami University, where he played college football for the Miami RedHawks. Over the course of his three years at the school, he broke all of the program's major passing records and led the team to an unbeaten season in the Mid-American Conference in 2003, culiminating with victory at the 2003 GMAC Bowl. In 2007, Miami University retired his jersey number.
Roethlisberger was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 11th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He earned his first start in the season's third game and went on to enjoy an impressive rookie season, before being unanimously voted as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. In his second year, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to success at the Super Bowl XL, beating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10. In the process, he broke Tom Brady's record and became the youngest starting quarterback to ever become a Super Bowl champion.
In 2007, Roethlisberger was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time. During the season, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to register two perfect passer ratings during a single regular season. The following year, he led the team to Super Bowl XLIII, where the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. In both 2008 and 2010, Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assaults and although no charges were filed either time, he missed the first four games of the 2010 season due to a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.
After returning, he led the Steelers to a win over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game and played in his third Super Bowl at Super Bowl XLV; a losing effort against the Green Bay Packers. At the end of the 2011 season, Roethlisberger was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time.
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