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Ben Roethlisberger is heading into his 18th season as the Steelers' signal-caller, and many believe that it will be the swan song for No. 7. It has been incredible career for Roethlisberger and he'll someday have a bust in Canton. Roethlisberger has 60,348 career regular-season passing yards and 396 touchdowns, both of which are top 10 in the league all-time. He has won two Super Bowl titles with the Steelers and the franchise has missed the playoffs just six times during his tenure.
Roethlisberger has been a staple in the Steelers' organization for nearly 20 years, so it doesn't come as a surprise that Bleacher Report ranked Roethlisberger as the fifth-best cornerstone player heading into the 2021 season.
"Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is included because of what he's accomplished, not necessarily what he may have left," Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report wrote. "At 39 years old and set to play on a one-year deal, Roethlisberger may be approaching his last ride.
"What he has accomplished for the Pittsburgh Steelers, however, has been incredible. Big Ben has been synonymous with the Steelers since they drafted him in 11th in 2004, and the six-time Pro Bowler has been largely responsible for the franchise's long run of relevance.
"The last quarterback standing from the 2004 draft, Roethlisberger is the epitome of a franchise cornerstone. If he ever suits up for a different team, it will be an odd sight akin to seeing Joe Montana with the Chiefs."
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes came in at No. 1 on Bleacher Report's top cornerstone players heading into this year, and Rams defensive tackle and Pitt product Aaron Donald was ranked at No. 2.