The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt another blow when Andy Dalton finished ahead of Ben Roethlisberger on ESPN’s World Fame 100 List.
Many Bengals fans have said if Andy Dalton was playing in the AFC Wildcard game in January, the Cincinnati Bengals would have won the game. Although we will never know if that is true, Andy Dalton ended up ahead of one of the most famed Steelers player in the latest ESPN.com’s World Fame 100 list.
Dalton, who dislocated his thumb in the week 14 match up against the Steelers, was forced to sit the final three week of the Bengals regular season and the Wildcard game. Ben Roethlisberger was nothing short of average but after a wild sequence in the final 90 seconds, the Steelers came out winners.
Dalton didn’t just finish above Roethlisberger, but also beat the former Bengals quarterback and current Cardinals QB, Carson Palmer as well. Carson Palmer just barely got the better of Dalton in a 31-34 shootout in week 11 last season.
The list, which was created by ESPN director of sports analytics, Ben Alamar, according to ESPN.com:
"A formula that combined athletes’ salary/winnings and endorsements with their social media following — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — along with Google search popularity."
Andy Dalton finished last season with 3,250 yards and 25 touchdowns, all while throwing only seven interceptions, which is a career low. He finished with a 106.3 passer rating and a 73.1 total quarterback rating, two career highs. All while missing three regular season games and the wild card game.
If Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals can find a way to win a playoff game this season, his ranking for 95 could very well jump to break the top 90’s for sure. Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals are more focused than ever to make both things happen, especially with as much talk as the Steelers have been lately.