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Steelers S Troy Polamalu, WR Antonio Brown Voted To 2014 Pro Bowl


The NFL announced the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl on Friday and they include two Pittsburgh Steelers players as wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Troy Polamalu were selected by fans, coaches and players.

For Polamalu, this is his eighth Pro Bowl selection. The veteran safety has registered 65 combined tackles this season to go along with two quarterback sacks, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions and five forced fumbles heading into the regular season finale. Polamalu has also managed to play every defensive snap this season for the Steelers after missing nine games last season with a calf injury.

For Brown, this is his second Pro Bowl selection as he last received the honors in 2011 when he made it as a punt returner. The Central Michigan product has already established career highs this season in receptions (101), receiving yards (1,412) and receiving touchdowns (8) and he recently became just the second receiver in franchise history to record 100 receptions in a single season, and his 1,412 receiving yards are a team record for a single season.

This will be the first year that the Pro Bowl will be "Unconferenced" and there will be a nationally televised draft that will take place on the NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains for their respective squads.

Below are the players that were selected:

Offense

Quarterbacks

Peyton Manning, Broncos; Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Wide receivers

Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas, Broncos.

Tackles

Branden Albert, Chiefs; Jason Peters, Eagles; Tyron Smith, Cowboys; Joe Staley, 49ers; Joe Thomas, Browns; Trent Williams, Redskins.

Guards

Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Centers

Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks. Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Running backs

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings. Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Defense

Defensive ends

Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Defensive linemen

Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebackers

John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebackers

NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerbacks

Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner, Titans.

Free safeties

Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.

Strong safeties

Troy Polamalu, Steelers; Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks.

Special Teams

Punter

Brandon Fields, Dolphins; Johnny Hekker, Rams.

Placekicker

Matt Prater, Broncos; Justin Tucker, Ravens.

Punt returner: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dexter McCluster, Chiefs.

Special teamer: Justin Bethel, Cardinals; Matthew Slater, Patriots.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    I feel like Ben,and Timmons got snubbed this year and possibly Worilds but i hope they are atleast the altenates

  • HopalongCassidy

    I like Troy but Troy got in on his name and nothing more. He didn’t earn it. Is this what the NFL has come to ? I’m surprised Pouncey didn’t get in again.

  • cp72

    You can have Cam and Rivers….I’ll take Roethlisberger. May even throw Russell Wilson in there too.

  • JT

    Leading DB in Forced Fumbles. With his two INTs that puts him second in overall turnovers. Not exactly a quiet year.

  • JT

    While I LOVE Ben and I wouldn’t trade him for Rivers in a second…..

    Rivers has the higher completion percentage. More TDs and yards in fewer attempts. Almost half the sacks, and the higher QB Rating. Now of course Ben’s playmaking ability is immeasurable, but it’s hard to make a strong case against Rivers despite a good case for Ben.

  • Jeff

    I disagree. I think there have been a year or two where he has gotten it by name, but just because he isn’t the old Troy anymore doesn’t mean he didn’t have a pro bowl year. He put a lot of work to get healthy and put together a great season. Who do you think deserved it over him?

  • Aric Brown

    Wilson is grossly overrated… Rivers has been doing something with nothing for a long time… I’ve always grouped him right next to Roethlisberger right outside that Manning/Brees/Brady group

  • Aric Brown

    Well said…. Mike Wilbon of PTI has a great viewpoint on Roethlisberger… he says Roethlisberger will never have the numbers of Manning or Brady but that’s the QB he would choose to lead his team

  • Jeff

    I don’t have a problem with Rivers over Ben. He has had a great year. I don’t like the Wilson or Newton picks over Ben, though. Looking at the leaders on the statistics boards, you have to scroll down quite a bit to find these guys.

  • Steve

    What do they mean when they say this year the Pro Bowl will be Unconferenced? Sounds like the NFL is going to try something different in the Pro Bowl after the last few “Yawners”…Troy was playing out of his normal Safty position. He did it for the betterment of the Team. How many Saftys could play part linebacker and part safty? We were not in awe of him this year but he still did an outstanding job playing the position they asked him to play.

  • westcoasteeler

    Not a big fan of fan voting. Look at any ‘snub’ list and those are the names that should be praised . Besides, who even pays attention to this game. The whole idea that these guys go play another game that’s meaningless to their franchise is preposterous. Give em their bonus check and then have punt pass and kick contests with kids for charity or something.

  • Jeff

    Yeah… If the NFL was so worried about player safety, why play another meaningless game where players seem unsure to what extent they are supposed to “half-ass” their efforts…

  • pittsburghjoe

    Wow, how could they have not voted the great Maurkice Pouncey to the Pro Bowl? What a snub!! I hope everyone realizes he is a three time pro bowler and commands more respect.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Troy?

  • westcoasteeler

    Oh the NFL WANTS more games. To sell, sell, sell. Tix, jerseys etc. Could care less about the effort the players put forth. That’s left for the teams who pay them to worry about effort. That’s why this game is unfortunate.

    Although, it does look cool to see the individual helmets (And of course I seek out the black and gold one) of each players team with the probowl jerseys.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Sounds like the two Pro Bowl ‘teams’ will be ‘drafting’ their players from the list of players selected.

  • T R

    you left off the punt returners and special teamers… i know brown is one. under receivers. but you left off dexter mcluster

  • T R

    means Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will be drafting the teams… so AFC an NFC players can be on the same team..

  • T R

    How they going to vote Maurkice in Pro Bowl and he didn’t even play this year.. Pro Bowl is based on your play doing that year.. not historically

  • JohnB

    Im really surprised DeCastro didn’t get in. I even saw a lot of analysts pick him. He’s just not a household name…YET.

  • CW

    It’s Brady that is the issue not Rivers.

    Rivers earned the spot with all the statistical measureables being better than Big Ben’s and Tom Brady’s. While Brady had a little more than a hundred thirty more yards passing and two less interceptions over Big Ben, Ben had more TDs, more YPA, a better completion percentage, and a significantly higher passer rating than Tom Brady did.

  • Alan Felicia

    I’m more upset that Timmons didn’t get the recognition than Roethlisberger. IMHO, Timmons is one of the best Inside LB in the NFL and would love for other fans to recognize him. I know the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest but give Timmons some love.
    As for Roethlisberger, to me it doesn’t matter. I’m a huge Roethlisberger fan and I just continue to support and enjoy the ride! Had to endure all those Crappy QBs in the 80s, 90s, and early 00s!

  • Alan Felicia

    Actually, Pouncey is a three time ALL-Pro! Best Center in the NFL!

  • joed32

    DD and Ben would have made me happy.

  • Nolrog

    Tom Brady will make the pro bowl every year for the rest of his career because of his name. It’s a popularity contest, nothing more.
    With Brady, Peyton and Rivers all in the pro-bowl, chances are that one of them will advance far enough into the playoffs (and a very good chance the AFC Championship game will be Brady/Peyton) that they will need an alternate, so Ben still has a shot.

  • Nolrog

    Ah, the Troy hatred comes out in full force.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Then how did 2 street guys effectively take his place?

  • Alan Felicia

    Simple, they’re playing next two solid linemen in Decastro and Foster. Both players have taken upon the leadership role since Pouncey’s injury.
    And effectively taken his place? If Decastro hadn’t chopped Pouncey, this would be non-issue.
    Although Velasco and Wallace have played well, they are no where near talent level of Pouncey. The fact that Pouncey was named to the All-Pro team three years in a row proves it! And we’re talking All-Pro NOT Pro-Bowl. Being named All-Pro is the highest Honor bestowed to any NFL players. Go ask Alan Faneca (9x All-Pro) or Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Wait…So AB made the Pro Bowl as BOTH a WR AND PR? I remember Desean Jackson (I think) being the first player to ever accomplish that, is AB the second ever?

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Worilds should have been the first Steeler that came to mind between rice and Sanders

  • CW

    I get that. However on the stats Brady should have been the odd man out rather than Big Ben.

    Just like a few years near the end of his career Ray Lewis made it on rep rather than stats.

  • HopalongCassidy

    No hate. Just telling it like it is. Some of you folks only see the one splash play Troy makes in a game and miss all of the other plays where he is out of position because of his free lancing. He is not the same player he was a few years ago and while he can still be effective at times and looks flashy running around, he is no longer a Pro Bowl caliber Safety in many people’s minds.. He gambles and gets burned a lot. Perhaps some of that blame should be on Dick LeBeau for letting him run wild on the field instead of reigning him but the results are the results…some great plays and many missed plays. He’s too inconsistent to be a Pro Bowler.

  • 2winz

    I disagree.. the years he did good, he had a set of tall receivers.. you take it away and he struggles like he has the past 2 seasons. look at the receivers he has this year.. again.. tall receivers.

  • Aric Brown

    5-11 Vincent Brown – 5-10 Eddie Royal and 6-2 (R) Keenan Allen and 6-3 Seji Arijotu (sp?) not exactly a group of tall receivers

  • 2winz

    I would say Allen, the tight ends and the rbs were the ones giving Rivers most of those stats. I don’t think royal or brown are doing much, maybe royal but nowhere near Allen. I don’t keep up with chargers too much but sometimes I’ll watch their game and based on what I see.. he likes to pass to Allen, Gates, and the rbs. I would like to see what the stats say when he passes to the smaller receivers. Again I’m not only considering just this year.. I’m considering past years because before he had tall receivers such as vincent jackson. then he loses some of the tall receivers such as him and gates was injured i think? he began to struggle. he could just toss it up and the big receivers made plays. you give him smaller receivers to work with like past 2 years I don’t think he does very well. he begins to struggle

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