Ben Roethlisberger could surpass John Elway in major milestone in 2020

Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /

Ben Roethlisberger could make history in 2020. Here’s how the Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback could suppress John Elway in a major milestone.

Ben Roethlisberger may not be the same passer he was back in 2014, but the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is well within reach of a major milestone entering his 17th NFL season. Assuming he stays healthy, it something he will no doubt be able to accomplish in 2020.

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway currently sits at 5th all-time in wins with 162, according to The Football Database. However, Ben will have a chance to surpass him early in the upcoming seasons.

With already 157 wins under his belt, Roethlisberger is well in position to climb the rankings for the most quarterback wins of all-time. In fact, a 6-win season in 2020 is all he needs to be the 5th most winning quarterback in NFL history. This is even more impressive considering Ben has played significantly less games than the players ahead of him on the list.

Obviously, Tom Brady is number one. His 249 wins over the course of 20 NFL seasons (and counting) will be nearly impossible for any player to surpass. Peyton Manning (200 wins), Brett Favre (199), and Drew Brees (171) round out 2nd through 4th place.

Could Roethlisberger climb even higher?

This is obviously an incredibly impressive list of signal-callers, and many believe the players ahead of Ben on this list are the best to ever play the position. But could the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback climb even higher on this list?

Roethlisberger is guaranteed to move into 5th place all-time in quarterback wins if he can just stay healthy and win at least six more contests in his career. However, it’s going to be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to go any higher than this.

In third place all-time, Brett Farve is obviously retired and won’t be adding any more wins to his resume. However, with 199 already in the books, Ben would have to play at least three more seasons and could only afford to lose 5 games in his next 48 contests in order to surpass Farve – something that isn’t going to happen.

Drew Brees’ 171 wins are closer to Ben’s reach, but with Brees still playing and going strong, it’s going to be hard enough for Roethlisberger to keep pace with the Saints quarterback – let alone try to surpass him. It’s even possible that Brees’ career could last longer than Ben’s.

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While Roethlisberger may not be able to move up higher than 5th all-time in quarterback wins, surpassing John Elway this sesaon would be an incredible milestone and it would be one more thing the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback could add to his Hall of Fame resume.