Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 40 of 49 passes for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts and now one of the balls used in that game is on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) October 30, 2014
Roethlisberger is one of 15 quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 500 yards in a game and Sunday he became the only player to accomplish the feat twice. His first 500-yard game came against the Green Bay Packers late in the 2009 season. That’s likely the reason why the Pro Football Hall of Fame wanted a football from that game.
Roethlisberger’s performance Sunday marked just the sixth time a quarterback has thrown for 500 yards and five or more touchdowns in a game. The only other players to do so were Norm Van Brocklin, Y.A. Tittle, Matthew Stafford, Matt Schaub and Tony Romo.
At some point I expect a bust of Roethlisberger will join that football in Canton.
Below is an animated gif of the pass from Roethlisberger to tight end Heath Miller that broke 500 passing yards in the game.