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Published: July 10, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2013 at 11:12 p.m.

Mind-blowing stats for Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger won 14 consecutive games in 2004, setting the record for most wins by a rookie QB. See more mind-blowing stats for the Steelers, as compiled by the NFL.com research team.

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  • Tradition built on defense 10

    Tradition built on defense

    The Steelers are known for their defense, whether it be the Steel Curtain of the 1970s or the current unit under Dick LeBeau. In fact, the Steelers have led the NFL in total defense 10 different times in their history, more than any other franchise. The Chicago Bears are second on the list, having led the league eight times. The Steelers have led the league in yards allowed four times in the last six years, while they only did so twice during the Steel Curtain era. The years in which Pittsburgh led the league were 1957, 1974, 1976, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • Caught in a draft 9

    Caught in a draft

    The Steelers haven't selected a player in the top 10 of the NFL draft since selecting Plaxico Burress eighth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. In contrast, the Jacksonville Jaguars have selected a player in the top 10 in each of the last six drafts. The Steelers have not chosen in the top five of the draft since selecting Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw with the first overall pick in 1970. (Associated Press)

  • Coaching lineage 8

    Coaching lineage

    Since Chuck Noll took over as the Steelers' head coach in 1969, Pittsburgh has had just three head coaches. Noll was with the Steelers from 1969 through 1991 before Bill Cowher took over from 1992 through 2006. Mike Tomlin has been the head man in Pittsburgh since 2007. Over that same time span, the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts franchise has employed a league-high 18 head coaches. (Associated Press)

  • Tale of two QBs 7

    Tale of two QBs

    Each of the Steelers' Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks eventually became the franchise's all-time leading passer. Both Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger accomplished the feat against the same franchise. Bradshaw passed Bobby Layne and his 9,030 yards against the Houston Oilers on Nov. 24, 1975. Roethlisberger passed Bradshaw and his 27,989 yards on Oct. 11, 2012 against the Tennessee Titans. (Associated Press)

  • Steelers' run game stalls 6

    Steelers' run game stalls

    Jonathan Dwyer led the Steelers with 623 rushing yards last season. That is the fewest yards for the Steelers' leading rusher since Merril Hoge led the 1991 Steelers with 610 yards. It is probably not a coincidence Pittsburgh missed the playoffs each season (8-8 in 2012, 7-9 in 1991). (AP Photo/Tom Hauck)

  • Durability a concern 5

    Durability a concern

    Ben Roethlisberger has only played all 16 games of a season once in his career, and that came in 2008. That season, the Steelers went 12-4 and defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, in Super Bowl XLIII. Roethlisberger, who has thrown as many as 32 touchdowns in a season (2007), tied a career-low of 17 touchdown passes in the only season in which he played every game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • The pick is the thing in Pittsburgh 4

    The pick is the thing in Pittsburgh

    The Steelers had just 10 interceptions on defense last season (T-27th in the NFL). That number is tied for the second-lowest in team history (1955). The only season in which the Steelers had fewer interceptions was in 1940 when they had eight. Pro Football Hall of Famer Mel Blount intercepted 11 passes during the 1975 season, a season in which the Steelers finished 12-2 and won their second of back-to-back Super Bowls over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. (AP Photo/Paul Spinelli)

  • Getting sacked in the Steel City 3

    Getting sacked in the Steel City

    Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 334 times in his career (over 100 times more than any other quarterback since 2004), and the Steelers have ranked in the bottom half in sacks allowed each of the past six seasons. The futility of their offensive line is not just a current phenomenon. On Nov. 20, 1966, the Steelers' quarterbacks were sacked a record 12 times in one game by the Dallas Cowboys. In that game, the Steelers lost more yards on sacks (77) than they gained rushing (53), almost eclipsing their 80 return yards. The Steelers had the same total number of sacks (12) and interceptions (2) as they did completions (14) en route to a 20-7 loss. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • A real steal-er 2

    A real steal-er

    Rod Woodson holds the NFL record for most interception return TDs (12), ranks third all time in interceptions (71) and ranks second in interception return yards behind only Ed Reed. In 1995, he tore his ACL after trying to tackle fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders and became the first player to come back from reconstructive knee surgery in the same season. He returned in Super Bowl XXX to face Michael Irvin, who was held scoreless. Seven years later, Woodson tied another record with three fumble recoveries in a single game, this time as a member of the Oakland Raiders against his former team, the Steelers. (AP Photo/Jeff Glidden)

  • How's that for starters? 1

    How's that for starters?

    Taking over in Week 3 of the 2004 season, rookie Ben Roethlisberger won 14 consecutive games, setting the record for most wins by a rookie quarterback. Roethlisberger’s 98.1 passer rating and 66.4 completion percentage broke Pittsburgh native Dan Marino’s rookie records. Big Ben’s rookie passer rating record was broken by both Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III in 2012, but his completion percentage still stands as the mark to beat. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)

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