The Pittsburgh Steelers lead all NFL clubs in votes cast for the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl, the league announced on Wednesday, with outside linebacker T.J. Watt the top vote-getter at his position.
The Steelers led all teams in votes, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills, and did so despite not having any players in the top five overall vote-getters and just two players leading at their position.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the most votes of any individual player, with 143,355 votes, followed by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
For the Steelers, Watt leads all vote-getters at outside linebacker with 69,924 votes. Watt is a two-time Pro Bowler and is coming off a first-team All-Pro season in 2019. He’s currently tied for third in the NFL with nine sacks, one-half behind leaders Trey Hendrickson of New Orleans and Myles Garrett of Cleveland. Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears paced the NFC’s outside linebackers with 47,689 votes.
The Steelers’ other top vote-getter comes at an unusual position. Long snapper Kameron Canaday leads all AFC long snappers with 48,869 votes. Canaday, in his fifth NFL season and fourth with the Steelers, has never made the Pro Bowl.
While the teams will still be selected, the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl will not be played. Instead the Pro Bowl events will be led virtually and the game will be streamed via Madden NFL 21. The game had been scheduled to be played at Allegiant Stadium in las Vegas on Jan. 31. Voting will continue through Dec. 17.
Steelers DeCastro, Fitzpatrick, Heyward, Pouncey, Watt Named to 2021 Pro Bowl Squad
Five Steelers players were named starters and reserves for the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl, the league announced on Monday.
Guard David DeCastro, free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, interior defensive lineman Cam Heyward, center Maurkice Pouncey and outside linebacker T.J. Watt were all chosen for the game, after tabulation of voting by NFL fans, players and coaches.
Fitzpatrick, Heyward, Pouncey and Watt were named starters, while DeCastro is a backup. Pouncey was selected for the ninth time in his career, DeCastro the sixth time, Heyward the fourth time, Watt the third time and Fitzpatrick his second time. Fitzpatrick and Watt led the fan voting at their position, as did long snapper Kameron Canaday, who was not selected.
The Steelers had five starters and reserves nominated for the second straight season. Cornerback Joe Haden was added as an alternate in 2020 to five the team six total Pro Bowlers.
While the teams will still be selected, the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl will not be played. Instead, the Pro Bowl events will be led virtually and the game will be streamed via Madden NFL 21.
The game had been scheduled to be played at Allegiant Stadium in las Vegas on Jan. 31.
T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Kameron Canaday Continue to Top 2021 Pro Bowl Voting
With the conclusion of the NFL season fast approaching, the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to dominate fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl.
Pittsburgh continues to lead the NFL in total votes received, while outside linebacker T.J. Watt, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and long snapper Kameron Canaday all pace their respective positions.
Watt has garnered 232,734 total votes, a significant margin over Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who has just 147,310.
Watt is currently third in the league with 12 sacks on the season, and leads the league with 19 tackles-for-loss and 39 hits on the quarterback. He also has an interception and seven passes defended.
Fitzpatrick has earned 224,017 total votes to lead all safeties league-wide. The ballhawk paces the Steelers with four interceptions on the year, while also recording 59 combined tackles.
Lastly, Canaday has received the most votes by a long snapper with 129,915.
A surprise to no one, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has earned the most votes of any player with a whopping 342,353.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett continues to lead all defensive players league-wide with 244,899.
While an actual Pro Bowl game will not be played as intended in Las Vegas on Jan. 31, the league still plans to honor players for their outstanding play this season.
Any recognition for this year’s Pro Bowlers will most likely take place in a virtual setting, as the league continues to ensure safety during the ongoing pandemic.
Steelers T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Kameron Canaday Continue to Lead 2021 Pro Bowl Voting
As fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl rolls on, the Steelers continue to demonstrate why their supporters are some of the best in football.
Pittsburgh leads all clubs in total votes received for the annual all star game, edging out the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt continues to lead his position overall, regardless of conference, with 162,300 total votes. The next closest outside linebacker is the Bears’ Khalil Mack with 99,564.
Watt’s lead is no surprise, as the star pass rusher is once again a bonafide Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He leads the league with 12 sacks and 19 tackles-for-loss, while also notching a pick and a forced fumble.
Free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick also leads his position league-wide with 160,406 votes, crushing the Giants’ Logan Ryan, who has garnered just 67,606.
Fitzpatrick continues to be a game-changer and ball hawk in the Steelers secondary, having intercepted four passes this season and returning one for a touchdown.
Lastly, Steelers long snapper Kameron Canaday still paces his position with 93,480 total votes received.
As for the rest of the league, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads all players with 261,309 total votes, while Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett paces defensive players league-wide with 180,723.
While the physical Pro Bowl game will not be played as planned in Las Vegas on Jan. 31, the league still intends to honor players for their outstanding play during the 2020 season.
Any recognition for Pro Bowlers will likely take place in a virtual setting, as the league continues to ensure safety during the ongoing pandemic.