Updated: Sep 28
Another franchise record was added to Ben Roethlisberger's extensive list in his remarkable 17-year career with the Steelers. Roethlisberger now holds the title of most games played in franchise history with 221, passing Hall of Fame center Mike Webster.
“He was Iron Mike for a reason,” Roethlisberger said after passing Webster for the most games played in franchise history with 221. “They are never going to call me Iron Ben because there’s only one Iron Mike. I’m just humbled and honored to be in the same category as him. It’s not like I passed him,” Roethlisberger said. “I just feel like I joined him today because it’s so awesome.”
Roethlisberger has played with a lot of great players in his career, two being Hall of Famers -- Jerome Bettis and Troy Polamalu. Alan Faneca could join Bettis and Polamalu in Canton in 2021 if he's elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February. Faneca being a lineman, was one of many players that helped protect Ben in the last 17 years.
“It’s all the guys that I played with,” Roethlisberger said, “especially the linemen, because they’re the ones blocking for me. And I’ve played with so many really good linemen and tight ends and backs and guys that just really kept me upright and have allowed me to play this long. I’m thankful to all of them and this record really is a joint thing for all of them and me.”