Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Roethlisberger nearing 1,000 yards rushing
By Jamison Hensley
Two-time Super Bowl champion. The 84 regular-season wins in 8 1/2 seasons. A franchise record 28,566 yards passing.
So, what number is Ben Roethlisberger coveting these days? It's 1,000 yards rushing.
Never one to be compared to Michael Vick or Steve Young, Roethlisberger needs 11 yards to become the 92nd quarterback in NFL history to reach that rushing mark, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
"I don't pay attention to many of my numbers, but I'm aware of that one," Roethlisberger told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "For not being a running quarterback, I think 1,000 yards is going to be pretty cool. It's funny, because you know me, I'm usually not into the numbers at all."
Roethlisberger is known for brushing off defenders to buy more time in the pocket. He doesn't have the reputation of scrambling for yards downfield. Still, he is eighth among active quarterbacks in rushing yards. He trails Michael Vick (5,466 yards), David Carr (1,331), Aaron Rodgers (1,312), Matt Hasselbeck (1,214), Ryan Fitzpatrick (1,088), Jason Campbell (1,073) and Cam Newton (1,016).
To reach 989 career rushing yards, Roethlisberger had to average 8.1 yards per game. But that total is still better than Peyton Manning (734) and Tom Brady (728).
Roethlisberger's best rushing season was 2007, when he gained 204 yards and averaged 5.8 yards per run. His longest run was a 31-yarder in 2010. He also ran 30 yards for a touchdown in 2007.
Now, he is just one long run away from an unexpected goal. So, if you see Roethlisberger trying to gain extra yards instead of sliding Sunday against the New York Giants, you'll know the reason.