5 longest playing careers in Pittsburgh Steelers history

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1. Ben Roethlisberger: 249 games played with Steelers

Here's a record that might never be broken. Not even some of the best to ever play the game like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Joe Montana had the benefit of spending their entire career in one city. Ben Roethlisberger was able to call Pittsburgh his home for all 18 years of his playing career from 2004 to 2021.

While injuries cut his season short at times (including elbow surgery that forced him to miss all but two games in 2019), Roethlisberger still managed to play a whopping 249 games as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- starting 247.

Both the amount of games played and started are records that are unlikely to ever be broken. In order to do so, a player would have to have a nearly two-decade career without missing significant action. In today's NFL, it seems like a longshot to assume any player will be given as long as Roethlisberger was.

Big Ben holds claim to practically every Steelers passing record. He officially finishes first on the list of longest playing careers in Pittsburgh's franchise history, and he had over 64,000 passing yards to go with his two Super Bowl rings.

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