From the NFL blog of Luis Deloureiro of NFL Stat Analysis, which appeared in the New York Times today:
Before Super Bowl XLV, many experts and pundits started speculating about Ben Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame credentials if the Steelers defeated the Packers. Some thought that a third Super Bowl title would mean very close to automatic enshrinement; others thought it was too soon to discuss the topic, given Roethlisberger’s limited body of work.
But Roethlisberger failed to get his third ring, so the conversation is moot, right?
I looked at Roethlisberger’s career – even with the loss in Super Bowl XLV – and there is a pretty compelling argument that Roethlisberger is all but in the Hall already.
I compared Roethlisberger’s career with two quarterbacks who were recently enshrined in Canton as first-ballot Hall of Famers: Jim Kelly and Troy Aikman.
At the risk of oversimplification, I conducted my research under the premise that a player’s credentials are based on a combination of statistics and winning…
To read Mr. Deloureiro’s argument, click here.