Roethlisberger on cusp of Steelers' yard mark

No matter the competition, Ben Roethlisberger wants to win.

Whether it is a double-elimination shuffleboard tournament, a makeshift game of basketball with balled-up tape and a garbage can inside the Steelers locker room or 18 holes of golf, Roethlisberger is intent on coming out on top.

He has to win.

"Ever since I've know Ben, it has been about winning," quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner said.

There is no other option to Roethlisberger.

"When it comes to winning, it's black and white to him," teammate Willie Colon said. "To him, winning is the only stat."

So it came as no surprise that Roethlisberger said he had no idea he is a 287-yard passing game away from surpassing Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw's 27,989 yardage mark and becoming the franchise's all-time passing leader.

The only number Roethlisberger concerns himself with is four, as in the Super Bowl championships Bradshaw won.

"To pass a great like that is an awesome honor," Roethlisberger said. "But he has the championships, and that's what I have always based my play on. My goal from the day I came in here was to get more championships than anybody out there."

Roethlisberger still has a way to go.

Bradshaw is one of two quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls - Joe Montana is the other - and he did it within his first 119 games started.

Roethlisberger is in select company with his two titles, but another would put him among the likes of Troy Aikman and Tom Brady as quarterbacks with three.

"He is doing some things on the field now that I wasn't able to do," Aikman said. "I have been very impressed with how he is playing."

Roethlisberger always has found ways to win, whether in college or the pros. It's a trait veteran Eagles coach Andy Reid, who coached Brett Favre in Green Bay for two years, said great quarterbacks are born with.

"(Winners) do more than just play the position," Reid said. "They present a certain confidence to your whole football team. They are going to get the job done."

Career year?

Statistically, Roethlisberger is having his best season of his career.

He is on pace to set a Steelers all-time single-season passing record with 4,496 yards and personal-bests of 36 touchdowns, 416 completions, 632 attempts and a 102.9 passer rating while throwing a mere four interceptions.

"I remember saying last year that was the best I have ever seen him play," backup quarterback Byron Leftwich said. "I was wrong. The average person really doesn't realize how good he has been this year."

New offensive coordinator Todd Haley has been impressed as well.