After a shaky start in the first quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 regular season opener against the Washington Redskins, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went on to have a great game and he even set a unique NFL record in the process.
Roethlisberger, who completed 27 of his 37 pass attempts for 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Redskins, became the first player in NFL history to complete 500 passes to three different teammates. His milestone completion was a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown with 7:01 left in the third quarter. It was his third touchdown pass of the game and it tied Vinny Testaverde for the 12th-most touchdown passes in NFL history with 375.
With the the third quarter touchdown reception, Brown joined former Steelers players Heath Miller and Hines Ward in the Roethlisberger 500-catch club.
Roethlisberger also moved up a few spots on several of the NFL’s all-time leaderboards thanks to his Monday night performance. For starters, Roethlisberger surpassed Kerry Collins and Philip Rivers (3,487) for 12th-most completions in NFL history, now with 3,503. Additionally, Roethlisberger’s three touchdown passes Monday has tied him with Testaverde for the 12th-most touchdown passes in NFL history with 375.
If that’s not enough, Roethlisberger is now the 10th quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 275 touchdown passes with one team.