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Steelers GM: Big Ben has '3 to 4' prime years in tank

The Pittsburgh Steelers have enjoyed a decade of elite play from Ben Roethlisberger. The team isn't expecting the train to come to a halt any time soon.

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"Ben's a franchise quarterback," said general manager Kevin Colbert of his 34-year-old passer, according to ESPN.com. "There are a few that have two (or more Super Bowls since 2004), but he's one of those few. We're very fortunate.

"We still have, you know, we think three to four more good years in his prime. We're excited to see what he can do in that time period and what we can do to help him be successful."

Roethlisberger isn't one of those guys who can complain his team hasn't made a push to take advantage of his prime. Even with Martavis Bryant on the shelf with another suspension, Colbert and the Steelers have surrounded their quarterback with enough talent to make Pittsburgh one of the league's very best offenses.

Of course, a lot of that potential points directly back to Roethlisberger, who has never been better. Over the last two seasons, Roethlisberger has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 8,890 yards, 8.3 yards per attempt and 53 touchdowns against just 25 interceptions.

Some concern should be paid to the beating Roethlisberger has taken over the years. He missed four games last season and it's fair to wonder if his body will hold up deep into his thirties. The Steelers will have no problem rolling the dice to find out.

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