Admitting this week that he was “blown away” by the Browns passing on Eagles rookie Carson Wentz in the draft, Big Ben could only marvel at the cavalcade of Cleveland passers he’s faced since entering the league in 2004.
Roethlisberger was able to rattle off a handful of names — Bruce Gradkowski, Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III and Colt McCoy — acknowledging that “it felt like it was almost a different one every time.”
Roethlisberger knows this long-running calamity under center could have been avoided had then-coach Butch Davis and the Browns not ignored him in the 2004 draft.
“When Cleveland passed on me, technically my hometown team, that was it,” Big Ben said last offseason, “I couldn’t wait to have a team and play the Browns at some point.”
Roethlisberger got his wish, forging a pristine 19-2 career mark against Cleveland heading into Sunday. For the record, here are the flock of Browns JAGs who Big Ben has dashed along the way (Cleveland faithful: shield your eyes):