Colin Cowherd: “I’m going to say something and you’re going to think I’m crazy. 2004, Philip Rivers, Big Ben, same Draft… If Big Ben gets drafted by the Chargers, and Philip Rivers gets drafted by the Steelers, Philip Rivers has the trophies, and Big Ben has a nice career and occasionally some Hall of Fame votes. I know you’re going to push back on this. Big Ben has been to three Super Bowls and has won two, but Big Ben is the definition of ‘very fortunate to have landed where he landed.’ That is not disputing his size, and overall talent… He is one of only 12 quarterbacks who have won 2+ Super Bowls, but he never beat a legend like Eli beat Brady twice. He played poorly in both Super Bowl wins. Big Ben has never won an MVP, and he’s never even been an All-Pro, first or second team. We forget that 30% of his wins are against Browns and Bengals – he’s 48-10-1… I’m not disputing the talent, but he got two Hall of Fame coaches, a Hall of Fame owner, a great general manager, and an unbelievable brand that attracts free agents… Philip Rivers has actually been in more Pro Bowls than Big Ben, and he doesn’t have the offensive line, ownership group, or receiving talent… In his first Super Bowl he played poorly and his wide receiver in that first Super Bowl had more touchdown passes than Ben did. In his second Super Bowl -- all three playoff wins, despite great receivers he never threw more than one touchdown pass in any game... Don’t kid yourself on Big Ben. If Big Ben and Philip River swap, it’s different legacies.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd discuss the Hall of Fame careers of Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, and why he believes Roethlisberger would have never had anywhere close to the career he had if he was drafted by the Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft, instead of Eli Manning, who was later famously traded to the Giants for Rivers.
Check out the segment above as Colin pokes holes in the NFL legacy of Big Ben, and details why we’re overhyping the career of a player who never won an MVP, or was a first, or second-team All-Pro in any season.