Big Ben Still Admires Tom Brady

6 Years later, Roethlisberger still admires Brady

By ALAN ROBINSON
AP Sports Writer
      PITTSBURGH (AP) – Tom Brady's statistics didn't wow Ben
Roethlisberger as much as his winning did.
      When Roethlisberger joined the Steelers in 2004, he considered
the Patriots' Brady to be the NFL's pre-eminent quarterback.
Certainly, Brady's numbers were good enough, but it was his
won-lost percentage and will to win that most impressed the
ever-competitive Roethlisberger.
      Six years later, Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls himself,
putting him only one behind Brady. Still, his opinion hasn't
changed – to Roethlisberger, the quarterback he'll oppose Sunday
night in Heinz Field is the NFL's gold standard.
      The record's the reason.
      Despite his own success, Roethlisberger is 2-3 against New
England, with one win coming when Brady was injured. Brady, by
contrast, is 5-1 against Pittsburgh.
      
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