2014 Pro Bowl: 5 Reasons Ben Roethlisberger Deserved More Votes

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2014 Pro Bowl: 5 Reasons Ben Roethlisberger Deserved More Votes

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With the 2013 regular season in the books, the voting for the 2014 Pro Bowl has concluded and the players have been announced. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, two players have been selected to play in Honolulu in January. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Troy Polamalu will represent the black and gold in Hawaii.

Shockingly enough, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not selected upon the best in the NFL to represent in the Pro Bowl. 2013 was a career season for Roethlisberger as he played in all 16 games and broke several records. Starting with more passes completed during a season in franchise history (375).

After starting the season 0-4, Roethlisberger took the offense under his wing and brought the team to win six of their last eight games. Roethlisberger's 28 touchdowns finished second in his career behind 2007 (32). Roethlisberger also passed for a franchise record of 4,261 yards during the season.

Roethlisberger's lack of votes is due to how unliked and underrated the 10-year veteran is around the league. However, the two-time Super Bowl Champion deserved the opportunity to be selected among the NFL's best in 2013. Here are five reasons why Ben Roethlisberger deserved more votes.

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5. Big Play Capability

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Roethlisberger completed 60 passes of 20 yards or more. That is tied for fourth in the league behind Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford.

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4. Leadership

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Roethlisberger's leadership shined in 2013. When things looked to be the worst, the Steelers finished winning their last three games and Roethlisberger told the media the team would not give up.

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3. Antonio Brown Connection

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Ben Roethlisberger has formed one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the National Football League, but his connection with Antonio Brown has become special. Roethlisberger found Brown 110 times for eight touchdowns in 2013.

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2. No-Huddle Offense

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Over the second half of the season, Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, generated the most successful no-huddle offense around the NFL.

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1. Extending The Play

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No other quarterback in the NFL can extend the play like Roethlisberger. When scrambling, Roethlisberger creates more good plays than bad. It has been that way since Roethlisberger entered the league. 2013 was no different.


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