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Mid-major QBs making a big impact

The recent success of Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich has changed the way teams look at mid-major QBs.

Updated: April 20, 2005, 5:35 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Charlie Frye drove from Akron to Pittsburgh to spend a few days with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in January as Roethlisberger prepared to play the Jets in the AFC playoffs.

Frye didn't doubt Roethlisberger's ability to succeed in this big game. He has admired him for years as a competitor in the underappreciated Mid-American Conference. But others doubted. Mid-major quarterbacks aren't supposed to come right into the NFL and play as rookies. Yet, Roethlisberger, coming off one ...

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