Boy I sure get tired of the debate by those outside Steeler Nation (and many in it).
The Steelers, EVEN with great D's, do not make it to 3 Super Bowls without Big Ben. He changed the tide of this franchise when he stepped on the field in 2004. He had mojo we will all remember forever. I mean who has TURNED the fortunes of a franchise more than Big Ben in Steelers history? Yes, Joe Greene. That speaks volumes.
But with todays FF nerds, anti-Steelers bias in the HOF voters and fans, his "trouble" off the field, he will not be a first ballot. And he will have a tough time making it at all unless he makes more playoff runs and perhaps makes it to a FOURTH Super Bowl. Shame it has to be that way.