Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens took to social media early on Thursday morning to express his displeasure at not being selected for the 2023 AFC Pro Bowl Games roster.
Pickens posted an Instagram story with the caption “F the prow bowl” on Thursday morning.
The four wide receivers named to the AFC squad on Wednesday night were Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers, Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals, Amari Cooper of the Cleveland Browns and Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins.
Those four were the AFC leaders in receiving yardage through the first 17 weeks of the season, with Pickens coming in fourth. Pickens could be an alternate if one of the rostered players backs out due to injury or is playing in the Super Bowl, and thus ineligible.
Pickens has had a strong second season, statistically. After posting 52 catches for 801 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie last year, he has 63 catches for 1,140 yards and five touchdowns so far this season, with one game to go.
GEORGE PICKENS AMONG AFC RECEIVING LEADERS
1,717 Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins
1,250 Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns
1,243 Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
1,197 Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
1,140 George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers
1,108 Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts
1,102 Nico Collins, Houston Texans
1,098 Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
1,096 Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
1,014 Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
1,011 DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans
1,008 Garrett Wilson, New York Jets
Pro Bowl selections in bold.
The Pro Bowl rosters were selected by a combined vote between fans, players and coaches, with each group counting as one-third toward the total. Pickens was not among the top 10 in fan voting as his position. The NFL does not release player or coach voting totals.
Three Steelers players were selected to participate in this year’s Pro Bowl Games: outside linebacker T.J. Watt, free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and special teamer Miles Killebrew.
The last Steelers wide receiver selected to the Pro Bowl was Diontae Johnson in 2021.