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NFL Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger Robbed From Pro Bowl

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a long shot from making the 2013 playoffs, however, two players on the roster have been recognized as Pro Bowlers. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and strong safety Troy Polamalu have been named to the Pro Bowl this January. For Polamalu, this is eight times being voted upon the Pro Bowl. For Brown, 2014 will be his second appearance in Aloha Stadium.

Both players are well deserving of the honor and it comes at no shock. What is shocking is the lack of votes to put quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into the Pro Bowl. Roethlisberger’s 2013 season has been a career best, and he is not listed among the six quarterbacks selected to go to Honolulu; he is on pace of breaking just about every Steelers passing record in 2013.

Roethlisberger has been on fire in the last half of the season. It started with him winning the Player of the Month status in November, leading the Steelers back from their terrible start where they lost the first four games of the season. Going into Week 17, Roethlisberger has an opportunity to break franchise records in touchdown passes and passing yards in a season.

Roethlisberger has already passed for more completions in franchise history heading into Week 17 with 356. This makes the third time Roethlisberger has broken the franchise record in pass completions.

Being underrated is nothing new for the Steelers’ quarterback. The 10th year Roethlisberger has always been overlooked when compared to the other top franchise quarterbacks. The Steelers will finish the season against the Cleveland Browns with hopes of getting help around the league to push them into the postseason.

Brandon Sweeney covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL football for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SweeneyRant, Like him on Facebook and add him to Google+.