All of you can now rest easy as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has made ESPN’s newly-created World Fame 100 rankings.
In an attempt to create a ranking of the 100 most famous athletes on the planet using a formula devised by Ben Alamar, ESPN’s director of sports analytics, that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity, Roethlisberger checks in at 98th overall and Dan Graziano writes of his ranking:
The youngest quarterback ever to win the Super Bowl, which Roethlisberger was when he steered the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL victory over the Seahawks at the age of 23. He added a second championship three years later to stamp himself as an all-time winner in a city whose football tradition demands the very best. Roethlisberger’s early-career fame was not of the best variety, as off-field issues earned him a four-game suspension to start the 2010 season. But he’s managed to stay out of trouble since, and his fame has increased for on-field, football-related reasons.
Of the 16 NFL players that made the top 100, Roethllisberger was ranked 15th overall and one spot ahead of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. Even Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton ranks higher than Roethlisberger at 95th overall so as you can clearly tell by that and that alone, these rankings are indeed extremely flawed.
Roethlisberger wasn’t the only professional player who plays in Pittsburgh to make the top 100 as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins were ranked 82nd and 92nd respectively.