Ben Roethlisberger is having an MVP season, even if he won’t win it

Ben Roethlisberger is having an MVP season, even if he won’t win it
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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger has won Super Bowls and plenty of games. Heck, last Sunday he passed his idol, John Elway, for fifth place on the all-time quarterback wins list with 149.

One thing he hasn’t won is any MVP awards outside of his own locker room -- and even those have been few and far between. Not the league MVP Award. Not even a Super Bowl MVP Award.

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That likely won’t change in 2020, either, despite Roethlisberger being off to one of the best starts of his career.

Look at the people being mentioned for the award just over a quarter of the way into the season, and you’ll see many of the usual suspects. Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, who also has never won the award, is probably the front-runner, but he’s been in the conversation each year for the better part of the decade. Patrick Mahomes, who won it in 2018, is high on lists, and another former winner, Aaron Rodgers, is as well. Tom Brady, who owns three NFL MVP awards, is being mentioned, as is his opponent in Sunday’s game in Tennessee, Titans' quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Despite having the Steelers (5-0) off to their best start since 1978 heading into Sunday’s game against the Titans (5-0), there’s been nary a mention of Roethlisberger in the MVP race.

The only players ahead of Roethlisberger on the all-time wins list -- Brady, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees -- have all won multiple league MVP awards.

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