On Friday, the NFL announced the selections for the revamped 2013 NFL Pro Bowl with two members of the Pittsburgh Steelers making the grade. Unfortunately, as usual some deserving players were left out of the 86 that ultimately will make up the rosters.Antonio Brown and safety Troy Polamalu. While both were deserving of the honor in their own ways, Brown was the only no-brainer. He has developed into a standout playmaker in 2013 recording 101 receptions for 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns, while adding another 388 yards and a score on 29 punt returns (13.4 YPR). Statistics that place him third in the NFL in both receiving yards and receptions. This is Brown's second selection to the Pro Bowl.
As usual, Polamalu has been steady, although there have been times where he appears that he has lost a step. With the questions over his long-term future with the Steelers up in the air due to his salary, this will give the 11-year veteran some leverage. In all, this is his eight trip to the Pro Bowl.
Even though the Steelers have had a rough season, there were some other players who were worthy of consideration. In many ways, the biggest snub was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is also in the midst of a tremendous season. In all, he is 356-for-553 for 4,082 yards 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 93.7. These number place him near the top in many of the leagues's passing categories. While there is still a chance he can make the team as an alternate, it is a shame that he has been snubbed again.
Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and offensive guard David DeCastro have also had solid seasons and could have easily been selected to the contest. At this point, both would likely be alternates (like Roethlisberger) and could eventually make their way to the game once Week 17 and the NFL Playoffs begin.
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