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9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steeelers

December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger is an on-and-off quarterback, but there’s no doubt that he has done some great things in Pittsburgh.

Like Eli Manning, Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls, although he has never taken home MVP honors. Roethlisberger has fought injury problems in the past, and he missed some time in 2012. However, Roethlisberger still managed to throw 26 touchdowns and post a 13:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The Steelers missed the playoffs, but if they had made it, they could have done good things.

Why? Because Roethlisberger has a 10-4 playoff record, and because the Steelers did well when they had Roethlisberger.

When Roethlisberger was out, the Steelers struggled. Pittsburgh beat Kansas City, which finished 2-14, by three in overtime (Roethlisberger got hurt in the third quarter). Pittsburgh managed a mere 10 points in a loss to Baltimore and 14 in a loss to the Browns, before somehow defeating the Ravens 23-20.

Roethlisberger’s absence tore the Steelers apart, proving how valuable the man known as “Big Ben” is to the Steelers. While Big Ben isn’t in the elite class of quarterbacks, he is a mobile quarterback who keeps plays alive and throws touchdowns. Roethlisberger posted a 97.0 passer rating, seventh in the NFL.

While former Steeler wide receiver Hines Ward acknowledged that the Steelers are in a tough position, they have a franchise quarterback. Roethlisberger is definitely a top 10 quarterback, and while there are better quarterbacks, Roethlisberger can do a little bit of everything.

And, in addition, he can do a lot of good quarterbacking.