Kudos must go to Antonio Brown and Troy Polamalu for being selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl according to NFL.com.
Both players were named to the Pro Bowl’s draft pool for the upcoming All-Star game (January 26, 2014), and each definitely deserved recognition for their terrific seasons.
Brown is currently in the midst of one of the most productive single-seasons ever put up by a wide receiver in franchise history. The former Central Michigan Chippewa already set a single-season record for receiving yards by a Steeler (1,412), has caught eight touchdowns and is only 12 catches (101) away from breaking Hines Ward’s mark (112) for receptions.
In addition to his work in the passing game, Brown has already set a career-high in terms of punt return yards in a single-season (388) and returned a punt for a score against the Cincinnati Bengals almost two weeks ago.
This will be the second Pro Bowl nod of Brown’s career, and there will hopefully be many more on the horizon for Pittsburgh’s number one wide receiver.
After an injury-plagued 2012 campaign, Troy Polamalu enjoyed a bounce-back year this fall for the Steelers.
The veteran safety has looked much more like his old, splash-play causing self in 2013. Moreover, he has definitely played at a level which should force the team’s brass to let him play out the final year of his current contract.
Overall, Polamalu has racked up 65 tackles, 2.0 sacks and seven tackles for loss. In addition, the former USC Trojan is tied for the team lead in passes defensed (11), tied for the team lead in interceptions (two) and leads the team in forced fumbles (five).
This will be the eighth Pro Bowl nod of Polamalu’s fantastic career, and it is yet another notch in the safety’s belt which he can show to the Hall of Fame voters once he calls it a career.
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