With the 11th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger out of the University of Miami-Ohio. With the sixth overall pick in that same draft, the Cleveland Browns drafted tight end Kellen Winslow. That wasn’t a bad pick, but looking back the Browns would probably rather have taken Roethlisberger.
Since the Steelers drafted Big Ben back in 2004, they have played 201 regular season games. Roethlisberger has played in 179 of them, and started 177. Those 177 games started are the fourth most in the NFL since 2004 behind Tom Brady (182), Eli Manning (192), and Drew Brees (198).
The Cleveland Browns meanwhile have nobody near the top of that list. Since 2004, Derek Anderson has the most starts at QB for Cleveland and he only made 34 of them. The next most? Colt McCoy… with 21.
So that brings us to this Sunday when the Steelers are scheduled to visit the Browns in Cleveland. Since 2004, Cleveland has started 22 different starting QBs, while Pittsburgh has started just seven (six of which have fewer than 10 starts, thanks to Roethlisberger’s 177).
As a result, Cleveland media members decided to test Roethlisberger’s knowledge of the Browns. They asked him a simple question: can you name all the Browns’ quarterbacks you’ve faced?
Here Ben, we’ll help you out. Here are all of the quarterbacks to start games for the Browns since the Steelers drafted Roethlisberger.
Derek Anderson – 34
Colt McCoy – 21
Brandon Weeden – 20
Charlie Frye – 19
Brian Hoyer – 16
Brady Quinn – 12
Trent Dilfer – 11
Jeff Garcia, Josh McCown – 10
Jason Campbell, Johnny Manziel – 8
Cody Kessler, Seneca Wallace – 7
Jake Delhomme, Luke McCown – 4
Ken Dorsey – 3
Austin Davis, Kelly Holcomb – 2
Bruce Gradowski, Robert Griffin III, Thaddeus Lewis, Connor Shaw – 1
Kevin Hogan, Josh Johnson, Charlie Whitehurst – 0 games started, but the trio have played in five games total
This has got to be the best worst NFL trivia question ever.
Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers will visit the Cleveland Browns and whoever they decide to start at QB this week on Sunday at 1:00 pm EST on CBS.