NFL players have spoken, and the results are in.
For the fifth straight year players have voted on the top 100 players in the NFL for a series that will air on NFL Network. NFL Network will kick off the countdown beginning on Wednesday, May 6, at 9 p.m. (ET), revealing players ranked No. 100-91, and continue with the countdown for the next 10 weeks. The top 10 players on the list will be revealed in a two-hour special on July 8.
Last year the Steelers had three players on the list, including wide receiver Antonio Brown, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and safety Troy Polamalu.
This year, the possibilities are even greater after the performances of some of the Steelers top players. Here are some possibilities for inclusion in the NFL's Top 100 Players.
Le'Veon Bell: Bell was voted Steelers 2014 MVP, finishing the season with 290 carries for 1,361 yards, a 4.7 yard average and eight touchdowns. Bell set a Steelers' record in 2014 with 2,215 yards from scrimmage, finishing second in the NFL in that category. Bell also set a single season record for running backs in receptions with 83 and receiving yards with 854. Bell set a record with the most first downs in a season with 114 and rushed for the fifth-most yards (1,361) in a single season in team history. Was named co-AFC Offensive Player of the Year by NFL 101 along with Antonio Brown.
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Antonio Brown:** Brown, who was selected to his third Pro Bowl this year, recorded at least one reception in 72 straight games in which he played, and set a single season team record with 129 receptions and 1,698 receiving yards in 2014 while leading the NFL in receiving. He was named the Dapper Dan Man of the Year, an award presented honoring Pittsburgh sports, and was also named co-AFC Offensive Player of the Year by NFL 101 along with Bell.
Cam Heyward: Heyward continues to emerge as a force for the Steelers on the defensive line, coming off his best season in the pros. He set a career-high with seven and a half sacks, adding 55 tackles, including 38 solo stops. Heyward had four quarterback pressures against Carolina, a season-high, and was part of a defensive line that held the Panthers to just 10 yards rushing in the first half.
Maurkice Pouncey: Pouncey became the first center in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in his first three NFL seasons, and after missing his fourth year because of a season-ending injury, he returned to the Pro Bowl last year. Pouncey is not just one of the best centers in the game, he is one of the best offensive linemen playing today and is a leader both on and off the field.
Ben Roethlisberger:** Roethlisberger, who holds the Steelers regular-season records for passing touchdowns (251), passing yards (39,057), passer rating (93.9), completions (3,157), pass attempts (4,954), completion percentage (63.7), yards per attempt (7.9), most 300-yard passing games (37) and 3,000-yard passing seasons (9), had another record setting season in 2014. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third year, while setting the single season passing records for completions (408), attempts (608), completion percentage (67.1), passing yards (4,952), 300-yard games (9) and games with a passer rating of 100.0 or more (10). He also tied his own single-season record of 32 touchdown passes. He broke single-game records against the Indianapolis Colts in completions (40), passing yards (522) and passing touchdowns (6). The following week he matched the six touchdown passes against the Baltimore Ravens, and set an NFL record for most passing touchdowns in a two-game span.
Lawrence Timmons: Timmons led the Steelers in sacks last year with 141, second best in the AFC, including 95 solo stops. He added two sacks, six quarterback pressures and two passes defensed en route to his first Pro Bowl selection. * *He recorded double-digit tackles nine times last season, including 13 against the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, and 12 against both Baltimore and Houston.