I’m sure everyone was chomping at the bit to see which members of the Pittsburgh Steelers were selected to the Pro Bowl, and the results have been released. The Steelers had 5 players, all on offense, named to the annual All-Star game.
Those players were:
WR Antonio Brown
RB Le’Veon Bell
QB Ben Roethlisberger
G David DeCastro
C Maurkice Pouncey
Steelers Pro Bowlers: Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) December 21, 2016
The Steelers who were selected to the Pro Bowl certainly were not surprising. Bell and Brown are arguably the best at their respective position, and Roethlisberger has continued his high level of play, despite a down season for his standards. Pouncey has been selected to the Pro Bowl every season he has been in the league, and been healthy, and DeCastro is Pro Bowler for the second straight year.
There were a couple players who could be considered “snubs”, and the most obvious would be offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert, who was a strong candidate for this honor in 2015, was able to pick up where he left off, and despite an ankle injury earlier this season, is a big part of one of the best offensive line units in the NFL.
Other snubs on the Steelers who simply didn’t have the numbers to be considered for the award could be: FS Mike Mitchell, ILB Ryan Shazier and Lawrence Timmons.
While many teams cling to their total number of Pro Bowl players selected, the Steelers are hoping they will have plans during Pro Bowl week, as they could be preparing for Super Bowl 51.