This isn't surprising, but still crazy to see it on paper.
Roethlisberger has had one season in which he's played all 16 games in his nine years with the Steelers.
The more I read that, the more astounding it sounds.
P. Manning - played in all 16 games in 14 of his 15 seasons in NFL.
E. Manning - played in all 16 games in 8 of his 9 seasons in NFL.
T. Brady - played in all 16 games in 10 of his 13 seasons in NFL (really, since becoming starter, he only missed games in one season).
D. Brees - played in all 16 games in 8 of his 12 seasons in the NFL (again, since becoming a starter, he missed games in three seasons; in two of those seasons, he missed just one game).
A. Rodgers - due to the Favre quandry, he's played 5 seasons as starter. He's only missed one game in two different seasons
P. Rivers - been in the NFL for 9 seasons, 7 as a starter. Hasn't missed a game since taking over.
Some assclown that just signed a nine figure deal hasn't missed a game in 5 seasons.
Matt Ryan has missed only a couple games in the same amount of time.
The difference is startling, really
Gonna be tough to ever be considered among the great ones if you can't manage to stay healthy. Look at last season. He was on an MVP like pace until he got hurt. Going into this season, it seems like he's kind of an after thought.
Generally, when the first thing that comes to mind when forecasting his season is, "if he can stay upright..." it's never a good thing.