The last time the NFL released their Pro Bowl voting numbers, there wasn't much love for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Outside of Antonio Brown, there wasn't a player near the top 10 at their position. For a team who has Ben Roethlisberger, DeAngelo Williams, Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller at their disposal, it is surprising to see so little black and gold represented in the voting for the annual All Star game.
After the Steelers impressive back-to-back victories over the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns, those numbers have certainly changed, and includes many more Steelers in the Top 10 of their respective positions.
For top vote-getters regardless of position, it is New England Patriots QB Tom Brady paving the way, but Antonio Brown has cracked the Top 10 total votes at the No. 9 position. Brown is also the second highest wide receiver voted on, behind only New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Other than Brown, a couple Steelers have moved into their individual position rankings. Will Johnson is the 10th amongst full backs, Heath Miller is 10th among tight ends and Jordan Berry is now the 3rd punter on the list.
Some names which might climb the rankings, depending on how the final 6 games of the regular season play out, would be Ben Roethlisberger, DeAngelo Williams and Martavis Bryant. All have had a reason for their lack of production, but with all hands on deck these players look to make the most of their opportunity down the stretch.
Steelers regulars on these lists, other than Roethlisberger, would be Le'Veon Bell and Maurkice Pouncey, who both have been lost to injury at different points of the season. Nonetheless, despite the lack of Pro Bowl votes, the Steelers are 6-4, and in the driver seat of the AFC Playoff Picture. I'm sure if you asked each player individually if they'd rather go to the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, everyone would choose Super Bowl in a heart beat. Unlike many players on these lists, the Steelers postseason hopes are still very much alive.