Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben Joins Super Bowl’s Club Pick Six

Ben Roethlisberger threw his fourth and five Super Bowl interceptions  in Pittsburgh’s 31-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

The first was returned by Nick Collins for a score to give Green Bay a 14-0 lead.

Teams that score on interception returns in Super Bowls are 11-0 after last night’s Packers victory.

Roethlisberger joins some elite passers including Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner, who also were victimized on the game’s biggest stage.

Here are our six favorite interception returns for scores:

6. Fran Tarkenton vs. Willie Brown – Super Bowl XI

The game was over by this point but Willie Brown’s return was the exclamation point. By the way, Bill King’s radio call of this play is epic…”OLD MAN WILLIE!!!!!!!!!” For the moment, Curt Gowdy will have to do.

5. Kurt Warner vs. Ty Law: Super Bowl XXXVI

St. Louis led 3-0 but it was clear early on that New England was not going away. Dropping back to throw, Warner got popped and Law stepped in front of Isaac Bruce and into history.

4. Rich Gannon vs. Derrick Brooks – Super Bowl XXXVII

Actually, Gannon had THREE interceptions returned for scores in this game, which is rather incredible. The second one – to Brooks – sealed Tampa’s lone Super Bowl victory.

3. Kurt Warner vs. James Harrison – Super Bowl XLIII

My heart breaks for Cards fans on this one. They probably win the game if not for this play. In fact, I stand by that even if they make a tackle on Harrison’s 100-yard return. After all, it ended the half. Brutal.

2. Joe Theismann vs. Jack Squirek – Super Bowl XVIII

Based off of time, score, and situation, this is perhaps the worst throw in Super Bowl history. Much like the Harrison play, Squirek’s pick came near the end of the first half.

1. Peyton Manning vs. Tracy Porter: Super Bowl XLIV

It’s rather simple. If you want to be the G.O.A.T., this can’t happen. Much like Brett Favre two weeks earlier, Manning got Porter’d in the defining moment of Super Bowl XLIV.

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