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Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Montana Are the Only QBs in NFL History to Achieve this Feat

Jason Schandl
Ben Roethlisberger holds this NFL record ahead of Joe Montana.
Ben Roethlisberger holds this NFL record ahead of Joe Montana. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

While he doesn't always get the credit he's due around the league, it's no secret to Pittsburgh Steelers fans that Ben Roethlisberger is an all-time great QB. Part of that greatness comes from his ability to make big-time plays.

That is perhaps best showcased by one of his NFL records. Roethlisberger is the only QB in NFL history with more than two completions of 95-plus yards, and Big Ben (3) and Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana (2) are the only QBs to ever do it more than once, according to Pro-Football-Reference.

The first of those passes Roethlisberger threw came back in a 2011 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals when he hit speedster Mike Wallace for a 95-yard touchdown in the first quarter. At the time, that was the longest passing play in Steelers history.

Ben then broke his own record in 2017, hitting JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 97-yard score against the Detroit Lions. Just one year later, he matched that record with another 97-yard touchdown, again to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Roethlisberger's lead over the field increases if we expand our view a bit as well. There have been 51 completions of at least 93 yards in NFL history. Ben has four of those, while nobody else has more than two.

That's a pretty unbelievable feat when you consider how many all-time great quarterbacks have come and gone without matchup Roethlisberger's record. He'll even have a shot to add another one this year.

Roethlisberger looks to be healthy again heading into 2020, and he's even the favorite to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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