Roethlisberger-Mettenberger will be record long for last-name NFL QB matchup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In Week 7, when the Steelers visited Houston, Ben Roethlisberger vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick made for the longest last-name quarterback matchup in NFL history.

Per the Elias Sport Bureau, the record will only have a four-week shelf life.

When the Steelers play in Nashville Monday night, Ben Roethlisberger vs. Zach Mettenberger will take over the crown.

Mettenberger talked about his matchup with Roethlisberger before I received confirmation of this vital news.

"I think us combined it's 25 letters in our last names," Mettenberger said, misremembering his count by one -- it's 26. "So that's a pretty big deal. I think that's a record on it's own.

"But, no, I am very excited to go against Ben. He's a great quarterback. He's been a guy I've looked up to for the last couple years and it's going to be an exciting day."

As long as we were heading down the path of silly stuff about their names, I asked Mettenberger if he aspires to have a hamburger named after him in Nashville.

Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl winner and Ken Whisenhunt, who coached Big Ben early in his career, steered well clear of offering any comparison between the skills of his rookie quarterback now and the Steeler's prized draft pick back then.

Still, I see no harm in Mettenberger aspiring to win like Roethlisberger has and to being commemorated at a deli or burger joint as Big Ben is with The Roethlisburger at Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shops in the Steel City.

"I got a couple in Baton Rouge, so I can work myself up to be on menus here, I guess," Mettenberger said. "I'm not sure what was on them, you'll have to ask my mom (about the Mettenburger), she's the one who found it. She can tell you."