Steelers Have Several Players Among Early Leading Vote-Getters For Pro Bowl

Fan voting for the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl got underway last week and already several Pittsburgh Steelers players are faring well in the early returns.

According to a Wednesday release from the NFL, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (3rd overall, 227,771 votes) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (5th overall, 215,584 votes) are currently in the top-five vote-getters with one week of results in the books.

Bell currently leads the NFL in rushing yards (886) entering Week 12 of the regular season while Brown leads the league in both receptions (70) and receiving yardage (1026).

The Steelers are also have a few other players who are currently the top vote-getters at their positions and that list includes tackle Alejandro Villanueva (48,530 votes), guard David DeCastro (62,342 votes), center Maurkice Pouncey (54,861 votes), inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (61,088 votes) and special teamer Tyler Matakevich (17,499 votes).

Last season, Bell, Brown, DeCastro, Pouncey and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were voted to the annual Pro Bowl. Of those five players, only DeCastro attended. Shazier also played in last years Pro Bowl as an injury alternate.

Per the Wednesday NFL release:

Fan voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at until Thursday, December 14. Fans may also vote for who they want to see on the 2018 Pro Bowl roster via Twitter through a Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, which has never been done for an All-Star game before. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page at The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and enable fans to select a position group or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.

During the final week of 2018 Pro Bowl voting – December 7-14 – fans will be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, along with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. This method is in addition to the online ballot at and the DM Voting Experience, which will both be available throughout the voting period.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 15.

  • Jaybird

    AV to the pro bowl? I love ya man but you have not had a probowl caliber season.

  • Sam Clonch

    Popularity contest. Him coming out of the tunnel put him on the map, if not his play.

  • Sam Clonch

    Gotta get Cam on there…

  • Dan

    He’s been just as monstrous as Shazier this year, if not more.

  • Chris92021

    Army veteran + Steelers being really good = lots of votes.

  • dany

    Glad for Makatevich, putting his stamp on the team

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    NIX HEYWARD come om folks!

  • Taylor Williams

    Hilton and Cam need to be here. Maybe Watt too. Cam especially though, he’s a freaking beast

  • Delboka

    People are too focused on A.V.’s story rather than his below average play.

  • Sam Clonch

    I just spent about 25 minutes voting for those 2 over and over, lol.

  • Sam Clonch

    I couldn’t even find Hilton on the ballot in order to vote for him.

  • John Noh

    I hope he can’t go to the game but Cam is a pro bowler for sure.

  • I was laughed at when I suggested that AV could make the Pro Bowl after the week 3 anthem debacle. People know his name and like him for what he did, despite knowing his as a LT. He’s been ok so far. Pro Bowl caliber, probably not.

  • They only put the top outside corners on the voting ballad, slot corners are overlooked.

  • Funny, When you look at T, G, and C, it’s all Pit and Dallas.

  • treeher

    Hey man deserves it

  • DoctorNoah

    #Matakevich #DirtyRedHOF

  • NinjaMountie

    AV hasn’t played horribly but is no where near PB level.
    I’m picky, though. I don’t even think Bell is PB worthy at this point.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    It’s 100% because he stood for the anthem. Most people don’t know the best tackles – it’s an easy one to override with a popularity vote.

  • NinjaMountie

    Completely agree.

  • jsteeler

    Wow, No Vince Williams? Leads the team in sacks and 2nd in tackles to only Shazier.

  • jsteeler

    Villenueva has given up 5-6 sacks so far. Great guy, Average LT. IMO.

  • Chad Weiss

    Funny though cause nix is better special teamer. But hey Gilbert twice the lineman villeneuva is although be it two different positions. Hilton’s been there best CV but isn’t even on the ballot. Heywards arguably been there best player not named ab and he isn’t listed.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The NFL is jobbing the Steelers again. If you use the twitter method to vote; the Steelers are listed on the last page everytime you try to vote for the Black & Gold by position.

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  • pkeats86

    I did the same. Cam deserves it. Sucks that it only says DE and he has to compete with these 10 sack, 4-3 DEs. There are few as continuously disruptive as he is.

  • Sam Clonch

    100%. I’ll probably do the same thing a few more times before voting closes. Gonna do my part!