The list of players for the 2017 Pro Bowl will be revealed exclusively on NFL Network and NFL.com tonight at 8:00 PM ET but it sounds like one Pittsburgh Steelers player has already received word that he’s been voted to play in the annual all-star game.
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell announced on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon that he’s a first ballot Pro Bowler and he thanked everyone who voted for him.
1st Ballet Pro Bowler!!! it's a honor, and I appreciate all the fans who voted for me! y'all mean the world to me! thank youu! #Juice
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) December 20, 2016
Despite missing the first three weeks of the 2016 regular season due to a suspension, Bell enters Week 16 with 1,146 yards rushing and 601 yards receiving. He’s also scored 7 touchdowns. His 1,747 combined yards from scrimmage are the most in the AFC and third overall in the NFL.
While Bell was voted to go to the 2015 Pro Bowl, he was ultimately unable to play in the game due to a knee injury that he had suffered late in 2014 season in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played in Orlando at Camping World Stadium on January 29 at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN. The four Pro Bowl Legends Captains for this year’s game will be Ray Lewis, Jerome Bettis, Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson. Additionally, this year the Pro Bowl returns to the traditional AFC-NFC format.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and center Maurkice Pouncey are two other players who are likely to receive Pro Bowl honors later this evening.
Hopefully none of the Steelers voted to the Pro Bowl this year will be able to take part in the festivities as a result of them needing to prepare to play in Super Bowl LI.