Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Ben Roethlisberger: AFC Offensive Player of the Week
After a huge day against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for week 17.
In only about two and a half quarters of work Ben went 15/22 for 280 yards and two touchdown passes. He also ran the ball four times for 24 yards and extended his streak of pass attempts without and interception to 158.
Ben finished the season going 240/389 for 3,200 yards for 17 TD and only five interceptions. This is the fifth straight season that Ben has thrown for over 3,000 yards, which extends his own Steelers record. Ben also finished in the top six in the NFL in yards per attempt (8.23) and passing yards per game (267).
Ben and the boys will get ready for one of three possible opponents as the win over the Browns secured that the Steelers will have a first round bye and host the AFC Division Playoffs on Saturday, January 15 at Heinz Field. The Steelers can play either the Colts, Chiefs or Ravens in the divisional round.
Ben joins Troy, who won the award not once, but twice, James Harrison who won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after week two, Lawrence Timmons who won the award after week six and Emmanuel Sanders won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after week seven.