A day after being named the Pittsburgh Steelers MVP for the second time in just four years, wide receiver Antonio Brown received another honor – he was voted to the Pro Bowl, also making this his second appearance.
Pro Bowl voters also honor Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, naming him to his eighth Pro Bowl appearance.
Pro Bowl Voters Snub Roethlisberger
One Pittsburgh Steelers who most certainly deserved Pro Bowl honors but was denied them was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. As Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain indicated, Roethlisberger has a higher passer rating (93.7) than Cam Newton and Tom Brady and has more touchdown passes and passing yards than Russell Wilson, all three of whom made the cut.
What Other Steelers Got Snubbed?
Given that the Steelers enter their week 17 match up vs. the Browns and for the second consecutive year are looking for a victory over Cleveland to save them from a losing season, Pittsburgh did not figure to field many Pro Bowlers.
Still, Jason Worilds who has recorded 8 sacks in only 11 starts should have been given consideration. Another player who came on strong is Cameron Heyward who has four sacks, multiple pass defenses, and has been a one man wrecking crew on the defensive line.
Fellow linebacker Lawrence Timmons who has been a force in the middle and made plays consistently all year, despite having to make the defensive calls and help rookies like Vince Williams and Terence Garvin, should have gotten an invite as well.
Steelers guard David DeCastro, their 2012 first round draft pick who is starting his first full season, has established himself as a force to be reckoned with as an interior offensive lineman, also should have been considered.
Realistically, the only other Steelers player who might have had an outside chance at selection was tight end Heath Miller, but he missed four games, and did suffer some key drops, although his play has been strong all season and was one of the big factors fueling the Steelers rebound from the 0-4 start.