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Steelers' Roethlisberger finally considered 'elite'

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 26: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signals during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on October 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 26: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signals during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on October 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After 11 seasons in the league, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has finally made it to the 'elite' category.

Roethlisberger was graded fourth overall in a survey of league personnel and evaluators by ESPN.com. All 32 projected starting quarterbacks were categorized into five tiers. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Andrew Luck were listed ahead of Roethllisberger on the first tier. They were joined by Peyton Manning and Drew Brees listed fifth and sixth overall, respectively.

Roetlisberger has always been kept out of the conversation when it comes to "elite" quarterbacks, and he was ranked seventh last year in the same polling. Guiding the Steelers' high-powered offense last season with 4,952 passing yards and 32 touchdowns apparently did the trick this time around.

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h/t: Behind the Steel Curtain