In the Super Bowl era the Pittsburgh Steelers have been 1 of, if not the finest, teams in the NFL. Given that 1966, the Steelers have won six Super Bowls, tied for most in the league and aspect of the explanation for these six Lombardi trophies is their quarterback play thanks to Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger.
Yesterday, Garrett Podell of CBS Sports released a ranking of NFL team’s with the finest quarterback talent in the Super Bowl era and Pittsburgh created the list. Though winning six Super Bowls with two quarterbacks, Pittsburgh was ranked seventh.
“The Steelers are tied for the second-most championships of any group quarterback group on this list with the New England Patriots, but Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger’s person accomplishments pale in comparison to the other quarterbacks on this list with only two Super Bowl MVPs and 1 NFL MVP amongst the two of them,” wrote Podell.
Bradshaw and Roethlisberger combining for only 1 NFL M.V.P. clearly hurt their bring about, but Podell also talked about how Bradshaw’s stat-line didn’t support either, throwing 212 touchdowns and 210 interceptions.
“Also holding the Steelers group back is that Bradshaw barely had a lot more passing touchdowns than interceptions, with 212 passing touchdowns and 210 interceptions.”
To be fair to Podell this all tends to make sense. Even though we like our Pittsburgh quarterbacks, it is difficult to rank them more than quarterbacks like Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts or Brett Farve and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.
A different aspect that knocked each Bradshaw and Roethlisberger down is the defenses they played with. Each quarterbacks played with some of the finest defenses of all time and the Steelers won on the strength of their defense for most of their Super Bowls. Even though Bradshaw and Roethlisberger had their moments in Super Bowls the 70s Steelers have been recognized for their defense and the mid 2000s Steelers have been as nicely.
Now Pittsburgh does not win these Super Bowls devoid of each quarterbacks, but that is why they are on the list and not larger. Each Bradshaw and Roethlisberger will be in the Hall-of-Fame collectively in only a couple of seasons, but provided Bradshaw’s mediocre stat line and Roethlisberger’s no Very first Group All-Pro selections and no M.V.P. it does knock the Steelers down the list a bit.
Nonetheless, even though the Steelers do not have the finest quarterback space of the Super Bowl era, they do have the most Super Bowls, so there genuinely is not also significantly to complain about. Each Bradshaw and Roethlisberger got it completed when it mattered, winning six of a probable seven Super Bowls the group appeared in.