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Steelers' talent part of Roethlisberger's success

Despite Ben Roethlisberger's success, the best approach is still to be patient with rookie quarterbacks

Originally Published: November 5, 2004
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

For any NFL franchise, a Dan Marino-type quarterback might come around once in a lifetime. That might be the case with rookie phenom Ben Roethlisberger.

Not since Terry Bradshaw has a Steelers quarterback generated this much excitement. He's 5-0 as a starter. His 70.1 completion percentage is almost 12 percentage points better than Marino's rookie record of 58.4, and his nine touchdown passes puts him on pace to top Marino's 1983 rookie record of 1983.

But one thing is certain, while ...

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