Kovacevic: Ben shows Steelers way forward

Truth be told, there never really has been any myth, any mystique to the Steelers.

At least not the authentic brand.

At the foundation, it's a franchise built on dictating to you what it wants to do, daring you to stop it, then forging relentlessly ahead. Relentlessly forward.

Ben Roethlisberger always has gotten that, hasn't he?

"It's about going forward, about getting the ball downfield, and that's always been what Ben does best," Ramon Foster was telling me minutes after Roethlisberger never did it better, throwing for 522 yards on 40 completions and six touchdowns -- all team records -- in that manic 51-34 moltening of the Colts on Sunday at Heinz Field. "And when Ben does it, he does it as well or as better than anyone."

Sure does.

Roethlisberger was sensational. Stupendous. What we witnessed was nothing less than the most prolific passing performance in Pittsburgh history, one of the most prolific in NFL history. Norm Van Brocklin's hallowed league hallmark of 554 yards, set way back in 1951, was but a flick away. It was the fourth-highest yardage total ever, as it was. And the first time anyone topped 500 more than once in a career. And the 100th victory in 150 starts put Roethlisberger on a pedestal with Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady.

It's a memory football fans in these parts can long cherish, even as it's a reminder that for all the gifts we've been given with superstars in hockey and, more recently, in baseball, this town has been blessed for a decade-plus with one of the world's greatest quarterbacks.

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