Roethlisberger: Aaron Rodgers is 'elite'

PITTSBURGH -- Expect the "E" word to be thrown around a lot as we talk about the two quarterbacks competing in Super XLV.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got the ball rolling Wednesday when describing Green Bay Packers counterpart Aaron Rodgers.

"I think he's a phenomenal quarterback. I think he's an elite quarterback in this league, in my opinion," Roethlisberger said. "He has a really quick release, a strong arm, very accurate and a mobile guy."

Roethlisberger and Rodgers, both in their prime, are staking their claim this season as two of the NFL's best quarterbacks. Both are climbing into that rare category at the very top of the quarterback hierarchy currently occupied by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger has a chance to tie Brady, as he's going for his third Super Bowl title in seven seasons. Rodgers is competing in his first Super Bowl in six seasons. Although both will be competitors, Roethlisberger described Rodgers as a "good friend."

Super Bowl XLV will be a great showcase for both of these talented quarterbacks on the NFL's biggest stage.