PITTSBURGH - Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, center Maurkice Pouncey, wide receiver Mike Wallace, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and kick returner Antonio Brown have been selected to the 2012 AFC Pro Bowl team announced Tuesday by the NFL.
Polamalu, Pouncey and Wallace were named starters in the NFL's annual all-star game.
The Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pro Bowl squads were selected by a combined voting of fans, players and coaches.
The Steelers are sending multiple players to the Pro Bowl for the 11th straight season and the 20th time in the last 23 seasons. At least three Steelers have made the Pro Bowl every season dating back to 2001.
Polamalu will make his seventh Pro Bowl appearance and his sixth as a starter. This season, Polamalu ranks second on the team in tackles (88) on the NFL's top-ranked defense in yards per game (273.9 avg.).
Pouncey is making his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl, his first as a starter. Pouncey is the anchor of the Steelers' offensive line but has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Last year, he was the first Steelers rookie offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl since offensive tackle Frank Varrichione in 1956.
Wallace is making his first trip to the Pro Bowl in his third season in the NFL. Wallace leads the team with 71 receptions for 1,182 yards (16.6 avg.) with a team-high eight receiving touchdowns. He hauled in a 95-yard touchdown reception, which was the longest pass play in team history.
Entering Week 17, he is 18 yards away from becoming the first Steelers player since 1960 to record back-to-back seasons with at least 1,200 yards receiving.
Roethlisberger is making his second trip to the Pro Bowl. His 3,856 yards entering the final week of the season rank second in team history for single-season passing yards, and his 301 completions also rank second on the team's single-season list. Roethlisberger was twice named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in 2011.
Brown was selected to his first Pro Bowl as a kick returner after breaking the team's single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,048). He ranks second in the AFC in kickoff returns and fourth in punt returns .
In addition, linebacker James Harrison (first alternate), safety Ryan Clark (second) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (second) were named as alternates.