Steelers players vote Brown team MVP

PITTSBURGH -- Wide receiver Antonio Brown has been voted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ MVP, marking the second time in the past three seasons he has won the award.

The award clearly came down to Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and the former became the Steelers’ first two-time winner of it since James Harrison in 2007-08.

Roethlisberger, surprisingly, has only won the award once in 10 seasons -- in 2009 when he set a franchise record with 4,328 passing yards.

To me, the award was a coin flip between Roethlisberger and Brown, so I’m certainly not going to argue against Brown -- or that the vote was some sort of referendum on Roethlisberger’s standing in the locker room.

Brown has simply been outstanding this season and, in the words of coach Mike Tomlin, “ridiculously consistent all year.”

Brown has answered any questions about whether the Steelers had a No. 1 wide receiver following the departure of Mike Wallace, and Brown has already established a single-season Steelers record with 1,412 receiving yards.

Brown has at least five catches and 50 receiving yards in every game this season, and he has an outside chance of breaking Hines Ward's Steelers record for receptions in a season.

Brown needs 12 catches Sunday against the Browns to surpass the 112 grabs that Ward had in 2002. The fourth-year veteran is also one of only four players in franchise history with at least two seasons of 1,100 or more receiving yards.

Brown, who is also one of the top punt returners in the NFL, is a lock to make the Pro Bowl for a second time.

The Pro Bowl teams will be announced on Friday.