Over the years, the Steelers have had some good quarterbacks and some awful ones. Most of them fell somewhere in the middle, giving Steeler fans reason to be optimistic when they hit the field. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a strong track record when it comes to quarterback consistency. They’ve hit the jackpot with a duo of quarterbacks who have each won numerous championships in the NFL’s premier competition.
List of 5 of the Best Pittsburgh Steelers Starting Quarterback In History
1. Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers over his whole career (and two Super Bowl MVP Awards). In addition to his three Pro Bowl appearances, he was named the 1978 NFL Most Valuable Player.
He led the Steelers to four of their six Super Bowl victories and twice led the league in passing touchdowns, in 1978 and 1982, making him a two-time league MVP.
2. Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger has a better record, 121-60, than Bradshaw through the first 12 games of the 2016 NFL campaign. Aside from that, his stats read like this: 46,249 yards passing, 297 touchdowns, and 158 interceptions. Except for the most interceptions thrown and rushing yards, Ben Roethlisberger owns virtually every quarterback-specific record at the Steelers.
3. Neil O’Donnell
O’Donnell threw 39 interceptions in 66 games as a starter with the Steelers, with a quarterback rating of 81.9. During his tenure as the team’s quarterback, the Steelers went 10-6 while also making the playoffs four times. Despite their success, O’Donnell would have a night to forget in the 1995 Super Bowl.
4. Kordell Stewart
“Slash” became Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback in 1997 and led the team to a 11-5 record while also setting NFL records. It was just one year after Stewart set an NFL record of 80-yard touchdown runs for the quarterback, making him the first quarterback to score more than 20 touchdown passes and 10 on the ground in the same season.
5. Bobby Layne
The Detroit Lions won three NFL championships under the leadership of Bobby Layne, who spent much of his career with the team. Pittsburgh was the next place where he’d spend five years and made the Pro Bowl two more times. When it came to his career as a starter, he didn’t make it back to the playoffs.