Ben Roethlisberger & Antonio Brown Edge Out Surprise Dark Horse in Steelers Colts Game Ball Voting….

Game ball voting in the wake of the Steelers Thanksgiving win over the Colts came with a few surprises. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown tied for top honors, with both men earning 9 votes a apiece for their efforts, with a defender coming in as a close second.

Given the outstanding performance of the Steelers defense (albeit against an Andrew Luckless and rapidly ailing Colts offense) the fact that a defender came in second should surprise no one, as the defense logged plenty of splash plays. But the top defensive vote getter didn’t author any of those said splash plays….Steelers Colts thanksgiving game ball winners, ryan shazier, ben roethlisberger, antonio brown

  • Instead, it was Ryan Shazier who earned the most game ball votes of the defense, coming in with 8 votes.

While Shazier did not have a bad game, his stat sheet only reads 3 tackles. This is all the more surprising because Shazier only garnered 3 game ball winner votes following the Steelers win over the Browns in a game in which his strip sack set up the game sealing touchdown. Still, Ryan Shazier won Steelers Thanksgiving honors for 2016, and those types of articles can sometimes influence voting.

  • Javon Hargrave was the man who scored that touchdown only to get left out of the cold in game ball voting, despite a plea for write ins.

The voters were much kinder to Javon Hargrave following the Colts game, giving him 6 votes, which, while good, was below James Harrison‘s 7 votes. Mike Mitchell was next for the Steelers defense, getting 4 votes  which is perhaps a little low considering the monster game he logged.

William Gay’s low vote total is perhaps a tad surprising, since he opened the action with a strip sack and closed it with an interception – but it is only fair to note that he also gave up a very long completion that set up the Colts first touchdown. Sean Davis likewise only got 2 votes, despite being recognized as the Unsung Hero of the Colts game.

Once again, Steel Curtain Rising offers a heartfelt thank you to all of you who voted.

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