It's become something so commonplace, you almost take it for granted. But today, when Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a touchdown against the Ravens, it was a milestone.
Roethlisberger has now connected with Brown for 50 touchdowns, the most ever by a quarterback-receiver combination in Steelers' history.
The Roethlisberger-Brown combo passed Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann, who had hooked up for 49 career touchdowns. Bradshaw also threw 44 touchdown passes to John Stallworth, which is third on the list.
Brown caught his first touchdown pass from Roethlisberger on Oct. 30, 2011 against the New England Patriots, a seven-yard reception in a 25-17 win. The longest touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Brown was a 79-yarder in a 14-3 win over the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 8, 2011. The two hooked up for three touchdowns in a 28-7 win this year on Thanksgiving night against the Indianapolis Colts, the most touchdowns they combined for in one game.
Brown has caught all 50 of his career touchdown receptions from Roethlisberger. * *
"Ben is our general," said Brown. "Any time he is in the huddle, you always know game on and he is on the verge of being special and doing things to make guys around him better. When he shows up, we know what time it is. He makes guys around him better, just with the little things, being prepared, and challenging the offense. He is always encouraging everyone to get better."