Steelers Place Five in Pro Bowl; Ike Snubbed

Troy Polamalu is the only member of the NFL's top-ranked defense to be named to the Pro Bowl. Four other Steelers did make the team, including a couple of first-timers. Look inside for more.

Troy Polamalu was named to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl, but he was the only member of the NFL's top-ranked defense to be so honored.

Steelers chosen from the 11th-ranked offense were quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center Maurkice Pouncey, and wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Antonio Brown was named to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. The team's only first alternate is outside linebacker James Harrison, while outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and free safety Ryan Clark, the Steelers' leading tackler, are second alternates.

Nowhere on the list is the player who could very well end up being voted Steelers Most Valuable Player later in the week: cornerback Ike Taylor, who's having the best season of his nine-year career.

The Pro Bowl will again be played the week before the Super Bowl, but the game site has returned to Honolulu.

If the Steelers are not in the Super Bowl, at least Polamalu, Wallace and Pouncey will start in the Pro Bowl. The others could make the first team as replacements.

Polamalu has onlly one interception but is enjoying a solid season in which he's second on the team in tackles with 88.

In being named to his first Pro Bowl, Wallace has a career-high 71 catches. His 1,182 yards receiving rank second among AFC wide receivers.

Pouncey, a second-time Pro Bowler in two NFL seasons, is hoping to return from his two-game stint on the sidelines this Sunday in Cleveland. Prior to his recent ankle injury, Pouncey had started 28 consecutive regular-season games for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger makes his second Pro Bowl as a reserve, along with Phillip Rivers, to starter Tom Brady.

Roethlisberger is second in the AFC in completion percentage (63.6), third in yards passing (3,856) and passer rating (91.5), fourth in yards per attempt (8.2), and fifth in touchdown passes (21).

Brown made his first Pro Bowl in his second season. He's second in the AFC in kickoff return average (27.7) and third in punt return average (10.8).

Brown has the franchise's highest kickoff return average (more than 10 returns) since Mel Blount averaged 29.7 yards per kickoff return as a rookie in 1970.


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