Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to work his way up the ladder in numerous NFL categories, the latest in passing yards.
Roethlisberger passed Philip Rivers (63,440) for fifth place all-time in passing yards in NFL history. Roethlisberger needed 27 passing yards against the Titans to move ahead of Rivers. Roethlisberger completed 16 passes for 148 yards against Tennessee, giving him 63,562 career passing yards to date.
"It means I've played a long time," joked Roethlisberger leading into the game of passing Rivers.
Then he continued.
"Those are things you look back on and reflect on when you're done," said Roethlisberger. "Anytime you get up there with, I'd even call him (Rivers) a legend, he's in my draft class, a good football player and a legend. It's cool, but we've just been playing a long time."
With 148 passing yards today, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger passed Philip Rivers for 5th most passing yards in NFL history
More than passing Rivers though, Roethlisberger was happy to walk away with the 19-13 win over the Titans, keeping the Steelers alive in the playoff race.
"It's huge," said Roethlisberger. "We'll take it. At this point in the season, we'll take them any way we can. A lot of props to our defense stepping up and getting us chances. We didn't do enough on offense. But, like I said, at this point in the year you'll take a win any way you can get it."
Earlier this season Roethlisberger passed Rivers for fifth place all-time in career completions. He currently has 5,363 completions in his 18-year career. The top five include Drew Brees (7,142), Tom Brady (7,125), Brett Favre (6,300) and Peyton Manning (6,125).
Roethlisberger joined an elite fraternity when he threw his 400th career touchdown pass earlier this season. Roethlisberger joined a group that includes Brady, Brees, Favre, Manning, Dan Marino, Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.
Roethlisberger also hit the 3,000-yard passing plateau for the 15th time in his career this season, only the sixth player in NFL history to do so. He has 3,214 yards passing to date this season.