Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown selected to Pro Bowl


Ben Roethlisberger, QB, fourth Pro Bowl selection: Roethlisberger is on pace for nearly 5,400 yards and 29 touchdowns over a 16-game season. He deserved to be one of six quarterbacks on the Pro Bowl list despite missing four games to injury. His 96.4 passer rating is among the league's best, and he's a two-time AFC Offensive Player of the Week. It's surprising this is only Roethlisberger's fourth Pro Bowl in 12 years, but it's his second straight selection, which means he could be a fixture in this game for the next few years.

Antonio Brown, WR, fourth Pro Bowl selection: Brown had been pacing the receiver field in Pro Bowl votes and receiving yards (1,586). Brown earning his third straight trip to Hawaii was an easy call. Brown was destined for a Pro Bowl pick, but he has validated that status every week. Brown ranks first in scrimmage yards (1,614) and second in receptions (116). Arguably the league's best receiver, Brown will likely have a quality end-zone celebration planned for this year's Pro Bowl.

David DeCastro, OG, first Pro Bowl selection: DeCastro served as an anchor for the Steelers' top-10 running game. With Maurkice Pouncey out, the Steelers have relied heavily on DeCastro as a pulling guard downfield. As a result, DeAngelo Williams has nearly 800 rushing yards and nine touchdowns despite not starting six games. DeCastro helps pace an offense that ranks second in net yards per game (402.9). DeCastro is also solid in pass protection and has started 38 straight games. Either DeCastro or right tackle Marcus Gilbert needed to make the team as a representative from a quality offensive line.


Cameron Heyward, DE: Heyward has been the best player on an improving defense. He was the team's most valuable player at times. His seven sacks don't fully illustrate his disruption at the line of scrimmage this season, and he's solid against the run. The defensive end category is always loaded, so Heyward was a long shot but he deserved consideration and should make the game as an alternate.