A-Rod or Big Ben?

Who would you want leading your team on Super Bowl Sunday? The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger or the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers? After watching the first few rounds of the playoffs it might seem obvious to go with Rodgers, the hottest quarterback in the league.

But there is no question in my mind that I would rather have Big Ben leading my team down the field.
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You can compare the two QBs’ stats all day, and probably 90% of people would side with Rodgers hands down. I mean, how could they not after watching him tear up the Eagles and Falcons on the road with 6 TDs, 0 INTs and passer ratings of 123 and 137? However, watching him against the Bears should put some doubts into the minds of even the biggest A-Rod (nobody cares about the other – steroid pumping – A-Rod these days) fans. And can he really keep his 6th seeded team going strong for a 4th straight game, especially against arguably the best defense in football?

As a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan, I know the ins and outs of Big Ben’s game and have watched him dominate and embarrass the Browns twice annually for the past seven years. I despise him more than any player in the league, but as an objective sports fan, I have to respect his talent as a quarterback. Aaron Rodgers simply just does not have the toughness, the intangibles or the experience that Big Ben does.
Standing 6-2 and weighing in at 240 lbs (Packers linebacker Clay Matthews weighs 250lbs), Big Ben is like a rock in the pocket making him one of the most difficult QBs in the league to bring down. Roethlisberger is able to extend drives and make plays because of his strength and toughness, which is crucial as a quarterback. With a .833 career win percentage in the playoffs (10-2), and an unblemished 2-0 record in the Super Bowl, Big Ben has shown that he gets the job done when it matters. Everyone remembers his game winning drive and his touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the back corner of the end zone against Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.

Big Ben has shown over and over again that he is a winner, and at the end of the day, nobody remembers the QB with the best stats, they remember the QB with the ring of his finger. That is why with no hesitation I would pick Ben Roethlisberger to lead my team on any given Super Bowl Sunday.

Which QB would you want leading your team on Super Bowl Sunday?
Ben Roethlisberger
Aaron Rodgers
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By Zach O’Connor

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