Throughout the last several seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have showcased one of the league’s best quarterback-wide receiver tandems with Pro Bowlers Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown in place. This has been established behind their tremendous connection on the field that has led to a huge amount of success on the field together.

With that in mind, Roethlisberger has voiced a great appreciation for the relationship that he had developed with Brown over the years together in Pittsburgh after he defended him as still representing what he believes is a top-10 quarterback in the league, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Brown’s response after David Carr, who is a former NFL quarterback and current NFL Network analyst, stated that Roethlisberger will no longer perform like a top-10 quarterback in the league. This support that the All-Pro wideout has given toward his quarterback isn’t surprising by any means given the strong bond and level of respect for each other that the two have developed over the years.

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Roethlisberger is coming off yet another highly productive season that saw him earn his sixth Pro Bowl selection after recording 4,251 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes with a 64.2 completion rate and a 93.4 passer rating. This was his fifth season with more than 4,000 passing yards and seventh with more than 25 passing touchdowns.

He has yet to show any true decline in his performance on the field that would suggest otherwise that he can’t continue to perform at an elite level heading into his 15th campaign.

This will once again see Brown play a huge factor in helping keep Roethlisberger playing at like a premier quarterback in the league as his primary option in the passing game in what should be another highly productive campaign for each Steelers star.