Eight Steelers selected for the Pro Bowl

Posted on Dec 20 2017 - 11:59am by Rachael McKriger
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Unless a ticket for Super Bowl LII is punched, eight Pittsburgh Steelers will be punching a ticket to Orlando.

Chris Boswell, Antonio Brown, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Shazier and Alejandro Villanueva were voted to the AFC side Pro Bowl roster, announced Tuesday evening.

Shazier will likely miss the event due to a season-ending back injury.

For Bell, the running back has been selected to his third Pro Bowl. Bell led every NFL player in votes this year by the fans.

Antonio Brown was third in the overall vote, behind Bell and Tom Brady.

Brown is currently out with a calf injury, but is expected to return in time for the playoffs. He has made 101 receptions for 1,533 yards, scoring nine touchdowns.

Kicker Boswell marks his first ever Pro Bowl selection. Boswell has been consistent and clutch for the Steelers in 2017, kicking four game-winning field goals in the last six games.

“You’ve got to remember the same thing you do every time,” said Boswell. “You can’t put too much pressure on one kick, not enough on another kick. It’s just kick by kick. You just move on with it.”

Also making his first trip to Orlando for the Pro Bowl is offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva. Two other offensive tackles — Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro — will join him.

“They are the best line in the league,” said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “They really are the reason I stay upright and healthy. They are the most important part of this team because as they go, we go.”

Roethlisberger was also selected to his sixth Pro Bowl.

This season, Big Ben has posted 4,025 yards on 340 completed passes. Roethlisberger has thrown 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

His quarterback rating is a solid 92.2 percent.

“Ben, that’s my guy,” said Brown. “Ben’s our leader. Ben’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He is so much fun to play with. He made some amazing throws. He makes them every day. He is a general, a warrior, a leader. I am glad I got to play with him for a lot of years.”

The Pro Bowl will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.

The game will air on ESPN.

Photo of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell against the Baltimore Ravens courtesy of Keith Srakocic/Associated Press.

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