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Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk passed along an interesting stat yesterday in regards to Ben Roethlisberger and how he's only 10 sacks away from surpassing Brett Favre as the most sacked quarterback in NFL history. Roethlisberger is tied with John Elway for third all-time with 516 times sacked.
However, the ageless one Tom Brady is also in the running, as he's been sacked 521 times in his career.
Roethlisberger passing Favre's 525 times sacked record was first mentioned prior to the 2019 season when he was at 501 times sacked. However, Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury and played just six quarters in 2019, and was sacked just twice. In 2020, Roethlisberger was sacked just 13 times in 15 games, which was the fewest in the league.
If both remain healthy, it's a given this year that both Roethlisberger and Brady will pass Favre's record. It's just a matter of who will become the most sacked quarterback in NFL history.
The Steelers are going through a changing of the guard on the offensive line, as they'll have four new starters this year, and three of the starters could be 24 or younger. They also have a new offensive line coach in Adrian Klemm, so it should be interesting to see how the new-look offensive line performs. Last year, the Steelers relied on a quick rhythm dink-and-dink offense, which played a big factor in why Roethlisberger was sacked just 13 times. Brady was sacked 21 times in 16 games last year.