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Ben Roethlisberger, affectionately known as "Big Ben" around the NFL, has a reputation for being able to take a hit - and take a lot of them. 


He is listed at 6'5" and 240 pounds on the Steelers official roster, which is good for him considering how many hits he has taken throughout his career. Roethlisberger currently sits as the third most-sacked NFL quarterback of all-time (501 sacks), behind only Brett Farve (525) and John Elway (516). 


Based on those numbers, Roethlisberger averages getting sacked 33.4 times per season. At that rate, he'll break the NFL record for QB with the most sacks sometime late in the next season. 

​​Longevity obviously plays a large role in the massive total. Roethlisberger will play his 16th NFL season in 2019. The two quarterbacks ahead of him on this list, Farve and Elway, played 19 and 16 NFL seasons, respectively. 


The closest active players on the all-time sack list are Tom Brady (473) in 7th, Aaron Rodgers (412) in 11th and Philip Rivers (411) in 12th. Brady is entering his 20th season, Rodgers his 14th (but just his 11th as a starter) and Rivers his 15th. 


Big Ben has gotten sacked on 6.5 percent of his dropbacks throughout his career, which is second most of any active QB behind Rodgers at 7 percent. If Roethlisberger gets sacked at 6.5 percent of dropbacks with 500 attempts, he will be sacked 32.5 times next season, setting the record with approximately 533 sacks taken. This is feasible considering Roethlisberger set a career record in passing attempts last season with 675 and has averaged just under 582 passing attempts per season over the last three seasons 


It's possible it will take Roethlisberger longer than just the 2019-2020 season to break the record, however. His percentage of dropbacks that he takes a sack on has been trending downward in recent years. 

Nevertheless, if Big Ben stays healthy for the next two seasons, he should shatter Farve's record.


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