Headed to Hawaii: Steelers Send Three to ProBowl

Charlie CoxCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008

The regular season is a test for all NFL players to constantly perform to the highest level where they are then rewarded with a ProBowl selection to play in February in Hawaii.

The Steelers this year have sent three players—all defensive—OLB James Harrison, SS Troy Polamalu, and MLB James Farrior.

The whole ProBowl roster, in my opinion, is slightly skewed. I was a bit disappointed to see perennial ProBowler Casey Hampton didn't make the roster, along with LaMarr Woodley, who I thought was deserving of a selection.

The absence of Ike Taylor on the roster disturbed me the most. Ike has played phenomenal football this season, and is having the best of his career. He is matched up against some of the best receivers in the game: Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and Santana Moss, and has only given up one touchdown.

However, I was not surprised with the fact that not a single offensive player on the Steelers was selected because of the lack of production from the unit this season. Yet, I will say, Ben Roethlisberger is more deserving of the quarterback spot than Denver's Jay Cutler, who has cooled off the past few weeks.

For the Steelers, the absence of their offensive unit on the ProBowl team will surely spark some spontaneous breakouts by the offensive stars.

Roethlisberger is starting to look up again and is coming back to the player of old. The offensive line is doing a much better job, only giving up three sacks to the Ravens defense.

Santonio Holmes is catching just about everything that is thrown to him now, complemented by Nate Washington's ability to get open. And Hines Ward, well Hines Ward is being Hines Ward; hitting everybody, catching everything, and running like hell.

The Steelers might not have sent a record to the ProBowl this year, but they're still headed to the playoffs and have one of the best teams the players, as well as myself, have ever seen.