Steelers Help AFC in Pro Bowl Victory

By Clyde A. Speller

In Honolulu, Hawaii, the 42nd NFL Pro Bowl game ended with the AFC defeating the NFC 59-41, which was the highest scoring Pro Bowl in history.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger started for the AFC squad, playing most of the first quarter and finished the game by completing six of his 11 passes for 181 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Both of Roethlisberger’s touchdowns came on big plays. The first TD went to rookie Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green for 34 yards.  On the AFC’s next offensive drive, Big Ben connected with Miami Dolphins receiver, and Pro Bowl MVP, Brandon Marshall for 74 yards, tying the game at 14.

Other Steelers that participated were receiver Mike Wallace, returner Antonio Brown, linebacker James Harrison, and safety Ryan Clark. Safety Troy Polamalu and center Maurkice Pouncey didn’t play due to injury.

Wallace, who also started, finished the game with just two catches for 34 yards. Brown tallied 115 punt return yards, including a 46-yard return and a 29-yard return on a kickoff. Brown also had two receptions for 15 yards, and played defensive back in the fourth quarter of the game.

Both Harrison and Clark had three tackles each in the contest.

All in all, most people would call this game a glorified scrimmage, where there is no defense played, and a video game score as a result. Despite that, players say that they still had fun, and are grateful for the experience. Brown tweeted his feelings after the game:

“Had so much fun today ! Felt like little league game i got a chance to play on all 3 phases of the game spec team offense defense ! Blessed”


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