Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked a total of 24, the most he’s been sacked in a single-season since 2014. Should he wind up being sacked at least 24 more times during the 2019 season, he’ll become the NFL’s all-time leader in that dubious statistical category.
For his career, Roethlisberger has been sacked 501 times during the regular season and that currently has him third overall on the NFL’s all-time list behind two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Brett Favre (525) and John Elway (516). So in summation, 24 more trips to the ground would result in him being tied with Favre and any more than that would put him in the lead, a lead he might possess for a very long time to come.
While Roethlisberger did register the second-lowest time to throw stat in the NFL in 2018 of 2.55-seconds, he still managed to get sacked the 24 times. Even so, that was the lowest amount of sacks that Roethlisberger has ever taken in a single season in which he played in all 16 games.
In all but two games last season Roethlisberger was sacked at least once and his season-high was 4 times in the regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns. By the way, 13 of those 24 total sacks that Roethlisberger took in 2018 also came after halftime with only two of those happening in the third quarter and late at that.
Obviously, Roethlisberger is destined to become the NFL’s all-time most-sacked quarterback before he hangs up his helmet for good. However, it would be nice to see him not take over that lead from Favre until sometime during the 2020 season at the earliest.