Ben Roethlisberger, nicknamed Big Ben, is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Miami University in Ohio and was drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL draft. Roethlisberger earned the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2004 and his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007. He became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history, leading the Steelers, in only his second profession season, to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at the age of 23. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a second Super Bowl title in four seasons as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23, after completing a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the final 35 seconds. Roethlisberger has been one of the most efficient passers in NFL history. He currently ranks 9th all-time in NFL passer rating (94.0), tied for 6th in yards per attempt (7.93), and tied for 10th in completion percentage (63.85%) among quarterbacks with a minimum of 1,500 career attempts. He has the fourth highest career winning percentage (.710) as a starter in the regular season among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 starts. He is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of the current NFL teams. Known for playing outside the pocket in what he calls “backyard football”, Roethlisberger grew up idolizing John Elway, and has often been compared to him. Roethlisberger wears number 7 in Elway’s honor. Roethlisberger was born in Lima, Ohio, the son of Kenneth and Ida Roethlisberger. His younger sister, Carlee Roethlisberger played women’s basketball for the University of Oklahoma. Roethlisberger is married to Ashley Harlan and they have three kids together, Benjamin, Bayleee, and Bodie. In addition, Roethlisberg is also a spokesman for Swiss Roots, a campaign intended to help Americans of Swiss origin reconnect with their Swiss ancestral heritage. Moreover, Roethlisberger has his own line of barbecue suace called Big Ben’s BBQ. Roethlisberger is also the founder of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which seeks to provide to provide support for police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on service dogs and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Findlay, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2005, Roethlisberger donated one game check to aid the tsunami relief fund and also donated over $100,000 to fund police dogs in Pittsburgh. In 2014, Roethlisberger and his wife donated $1 million to his alma mater, Miami University, for an indoor sports center.
Blake Bortles is the starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was drafted by the Jaguars with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has set Jaguars franchise records for most passing touchdowns in a single season, most passing yards in a single season, most pass attempts in a single season, most completions in a single season, most passing touchdowns in a single game, and most consecutive games with a passing touchdown. Bortles played college football at The University of Central Florida, where he was the Knights’ starting quarterback from midway through the 2011 season to 2013. In 2012, he led UCF to a Conference USA East Division Championship and bowl victory. In 2013, Bortles led the Knights to an upset of then-No. 8 Louisville to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, as well as an upset victory over sixth-ranked Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. Bortles is the son of Rob and Suzy Bortles. Rob was a wrestler and football player in high school; Suzy played high school softball. Bortles’ brother, Colby, is a third baseman with the Ole Miss baseball team as of 2015.
Carson Wentz is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.He is the first quarterback the Eagles selected in the first round of an NFL draft since Donovan McNabb in 1999, who was also taken second overall. He is also the first FCS quarterback taken in the first round since Joe Flacco in 2008, and the highest FCS quarterback taken in draft history. He played college football at North Dakota State University, where he was a 5 time NCAA FCS National Champion from 2011 to 2015. Wentz graduated from NDSU with a degree in health and physical education, finishing with a 4.0 GPA and earning recognition as CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Division I footba For the 2016 season, Wentz had a passer rating of 79.3 with 3,537 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2 rushing touchdowns. Wentz was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but moved to North Dakota with his family at the age of three. He is the son of Doug Wentz and Cathy Domres. His brother, Zach, was a four-year starting pitcher and infielder for NDSU baseball and his cousin, Connor, was a tight end on his 2013, 2014, and 2015 football teams at NDSU. His father, played linebacker at Northern State in the 1980s
Jared Thomas Goff is the starting quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at California, where he was the first true freshman quarterback in California history to start a season opener. In 2015, he led the Golden Bears to a 7-5 regular season record, clinching Cal’s first winning season since 2011. He was selected First-Team All-PAC 12 in 2015. Goff is from Novato, California and is the son of Jerry and Nancy Goff. His father is a former MLB player who played for the Expos, Pirates, and Astros. His father was also a Cal athlet, playing as an all-conference and all-district catcher for the school’s baseball team. In 2016, Goff appeared on an episode of Gridiron Outdoors, which is hosted by former football quarterback Mike Pawlawski. He grew up as a San Francisco 49ers fan, and wears number 16 as a fan of Joe Montana, who played for the 49ers. Goff is also a spokesperson for Rockin’ Refuel.
Marcus Mariota is the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him with the 2nd overall pick of the 1st round in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oregon where he was the starting quarterback from 2012 to 2014. During his time at Oregon, he won the Maxwell Award, the Chic Harley Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Gold Arm Award, the AP Player of the Year, the Sporting News Player of the Year, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Unanimous All-American, and three-time First-Team All-Pac-12. As a junior in 2014, Mariota became the first Oregon player and Hawaii-born athlete to ever win the Heisman Trophy. As of week 14 in the 2016 season, Mariota has 44 touchdowns with 18 interceptions, 5,904 passing yards, 600 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns. Marcus was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Alana Deppe-Mariota and Toa Mariota and has a younger brother, Matt Mariota, who is a sophomore linebacker at Oregon. He is of Samoan descent on his father’s side and German descent on his mother’s side. He grew up admiring the quarterback play of fellow Samoan Jeremiah Masoli, who was also a standout quarterback at the Saint Louis School and the University of Oregon. Mariota was also a standout track and field athlete, Mariota was a state track qualifier in the sprinting and jumping events. His list of favorites include : “The Longest Yard” as his favorite movie; “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as his favorite TV show; Dwayne Johnson as his favorite actor; The Green, Drake as his pregame playlist; “FIFA” as his favorite video game; steak and kalua pork as his favorite food; Cookies ‘n’ Cream Pizookie from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse as his guilty pleasure; and Emmitt Smith as his favorite childhood athlete.