The NFL has announced its 2020 Pro Bowl rosters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game will not be played this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have five players selected this season with two being on the offensive side of the ball and three on defense. All five selections for the Steelers were also Pro Browlers in 2019.
Returning to the Pro Bowl for the fifth straight season, Maurkice Pouncey has been selected nine times in his 11-year career. The only two seasons Pouncey has not been a Pro Bowler was in 2013 when he only appeared in the first series of the first game before being lost for the season due to injury, as well as 2015 when Pouncey missed the entire season due to an injury sustained in the preseason. Pouncey was selected as the starter at center for the AFC with Ryan Kelly of the Indianapolis Colts being the other selection.
Joining Pouncey as the other selection for the Pro Bowl on the Steelers offense is guard David DeCastro. Selected for six straight seasons, DeCastro was the reserve selection behind starters Quenton Nelson of the Indianapolis Colts and Joel Bitonio of the Cleveland Browns.
Cameron Heyward was selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl in 2020. Heyward had often been left off of the Pro Bowl team as he was listed previously as a defensive end instead of a defensive tackle. With 17 quarterback hits and 5 tackles for loss to go along with 3 sacks, 3 passes defensed, and an interception, Heyward has continued to be a dominant force on the Steelers defense. Heyward was selected as a starter at defensive tackle along with Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs. Calais Campbell of the Baltimore Ravens was selected as the reserve.
Outside linebacker T.J. Watt was selected to his third Pro Bowl in three NFL seasons. With 12.0 sacks on the season, Watt entered Week 15 only 0.5 sacks behind Aaron Donald. Watt was chosen as a starter along with Bradley Chubb of the Denver Broncos with Matt Judon of the Baltimore Ravens as the reserve.
The final member of the Pittsburgh Steelers selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl was Minkah Fitzpatrick. Selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year, Fitzpatrick has four interceptions on of the season along with nine passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Fitzpatrick was selected as the starter at free safety with Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos selected as the reserve.
Players are selected to the Pro Bowl by coaches, players, and fans. Each group’s votes count as one-third of the total. With the actual game being canceled for the 2020 season, the NFL is currently exploring options in regards to playing Madden 21 with the current Pro Bowl rosters.
The complete list of the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl selections can be seen HERE.