5. QB Ben Roethlisberger, PITT

We’ve reached tier number one!

Big Ben rounds out the bottom of the first tier of playoff QB’s after his team defeated the Cleveland Browns and earned the final AFC Wild Card spot with a little help from the New York Jets.


Roethlisberger was his usual self in 2015–shaking off defenders, getting drilled, then getting up, then getting drilled, then sitting out, then coming back, then throwing for six touchdowns, then getting drilled, etc. In just 12 games played, Big Ben completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,938 yards, 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

The 16 picks are a lot but that doesn’t mean Big Ben isn’t deserving of a seat at the big table. If a quarterback has experience playing in the playoffs or a Super Bowl win under his belt then he is deserving of a seat at the big table, and Big Ben has a 10-5 playoff record with two rings. In fact, he has more rings than the next guy on this list, but sometimes talent trumps experience.

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I'm a senior journalism and communications major at THE University of Connecticut, as well as a die hard Jets and Knicks fan. College football and basketball have their place in my heart, but the NFL is my pride and joy.