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Hawaii 5-0
12-03-2012, 06:50 PM
Steelers: Heath Miller Deserves Pro Bowl Selection

Dec 3rd, 2012 by Lori Paddock

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The tight end is the quintessential multi-purpose player – the Swiss army knife of the offense. Heath Miller really embodies that. He can block, he opens up the field with his routes and he is sure-handed. I bet he can open a bottle of wine like a pro too. He proved again during Sunday night’s game against the Ravens that he can be counted on when they really need someone to make a play. This guy needs to go to the Pro Bowl if the Steelers don’t make it to the Super Bowl. I’m not saying that because I think the Pro Bowl is an amazing game full of competition. I’m saying that because the selection means recognition from fans and peers. Miller goes about what he does with little flash but with absolute determination and effectiveness.

So, I’d like to personally lobby for readers to vote HEEEAAAATTTHHHHH to the Pro Bowl. Here’s the link to cast your votes: http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot

Need some convincing? Let’s look at the stats from NFL.com:

Unofficially (because this week’s stats weren’t totaled yet and I did the math) here are Miller’s stats through Week 13:

56 Receptions
613 Yards
10.9 Average
7 TDs

I looked at Rob Gronkowski’s (of the New England Patriots) numbers after 10 games:

53 Receptions
748 Yards
14.1 Average
10 TDs

Gronk was on track for an outstanding year before he broke his forearm. Seems to me that Miller ranks right up there near Gronk. Miller probably prefers if players like Gronk get the focus while he quietly, but efficiently goes about his business.

Another interesting fact about Miller: According to Steelers.com, going into the Raven’s game, he was the Steelers’ leading receiver ahead of Mike Wallace who had 47 receptions and Antonio Brown with 42. In my mind, Miller is in the running for team MVP. I didn’t add Sunday’s numbers into the Wallace and Brown’s totals (math isn’t my ‘thing’), but I’m willing to bet Miller retained the lead. I know Brown’s totals may be lower due to injury, but that’s the point – Miller is stepping in like teammates do. Have I convinced you yet? If not, well, what other tight end would you want to vote for?

Seriously, go vote! http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/12/03/14460/

harrison'samonster
12-03-2012, 06:53 PM
good read. What Miller does for this offense is amazing. So glad we finally decided to use him the way we should this season.

67 calsteel
12-03-2012, 06:55 PM
i agree.Steeler's nation need to start voting many times for him and clark

lipps83
12-03-2012, 06:55 PM
I am pretty sure he is going to get in this year. Pouncey is a shoe-in and I think the next selection would be Miller.

VictoryFormation
12-03-2012, 07:21 PM
The Todd Haley offense has made Heath Miller the premier receiver on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He should definitely go to the Pro Bowl.

lardlad
12-03-2012, 07:33 PM
No doubt. Heath also deserves to kick BA in his balls for wasting his talent for so long.

Fire Arians
12-03-2012, 07:40 PM
hes the best overall player in a steelers uniform imo, if anyone deserves the pro bowl it's him

Darkstorm05
12-03-2012, 07:46 PM
Rob Gronkowski is going in first. Do any of the other AFC TE's have more TD's? That'll count for way more than actual performance in voting.

lardlad
12-03-2012, 07:47 PM
hes the best overall player in a steelers uniform imo, if anyone deserves the pro bowl it's him

He definitely gets the most respect from me. The guy busts a gut on a big play. Turns around and lines up. Gets to the end zone, maybe a fist pump, and gets off the field.

No BS!!!! He does his freakin job like no ones business and he gets off the damn field. Soooo refreshing among all the high maintenance receivers out there. Including a few that have passed through in steeler uniforms.

Any doubt the best TE we've had?

StainlessStill
12-03-2012, 07:51 PM
HEAAAAAAAAAAAAATHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Nothing else needs to be said. So happy he's a Steeler. This dude is JUST RIGHT in the Black & Gold.

tony hipchest
12-03-2012, 08:00 PM
Rob Gronkowski is going in first. Do any of the other AFC TE's have more TD's? That'll count for way more than actual performance in voting.bills scott chandler just broke team td record for TE with his 7, but he is practically anonymous up in buffalo. thats about all i can think of right now. im sure fleener and tamme will go just because they are luck and mannings teammates.

(thats right, folks... ben wont be going to hawaii unless its as a 2nd or 3rd alternate- brady, manning, luck, tebow consolation prize.)

now in the NFC there is a log jam of good TE's. (gonzalez, witten, bennett, davis)

Hawaii 5-0
12-03-2012, 08:16 PM
Rob Gronkowski is going in first. Do any of the other AFC TE's have more TD's? That'll count for way more than actual performance in voting.


even though he's injured, Gronkowski will undoubtedly be the AFC starter.

Heath currently has 56 catches for 613 yards and 7TDs. Heath's primary competition for the backup AFC TE spot is Brandon Myers (69-721-4) and Owen Daniels (50-598-6).

Millers the sh!t
12-03-2012, 09:13 PM
Heath is a rock. 100% always was always will be. Don't matter if we're up by 21 or down by 100. Favorite player on the Steelers.

kent
12-03-2012, 10:13 PM
He deserves to be in the pro bowl. The fans deciding the pro bowlers kind of takes away from the significance though.

austinfrench76
12-03-2012, 11:08 PM
To a man, Steeler players say Heath is probably the best football player on the team. I know Ryan Clark loves him and shows it all the time on Twitter. Not that it means THAT much but a defensive player lauding an offensive players says a lot. Heath is awesome and would maybe be an HOF'er if he played in the right Offense. He should definitely make the Pro Bowl this year.

SteelersCanada
12-03-2012, 11:16 PM
He won't go while guys like Gronk and Hernandez are in the AFC. He's just not known league-wide like those two are.

Lady Steel
12-03-2012, 11:23 PM
I voted on my Pro-Bowl selections a couple weeks ago, and of course I voted for Heath. :thumbsup:

StainlessStill
12-03-2012, 11:23 PM
He won't go while guys like Gronk and Hernandez are in the AFC. He's just not known league-wide like those two are.

Yeah, I mean, the ONLY thing Heath Miller does is do everything the team asks him to do. Double team? No problem. Max protection in the backfield? No problem. Help out a revolving door at RT? No problem. Run routes in the teeth of the defense? No problem. Steam-roll 11 bodies in the turf? No problem. Stretch my 6ft 5 body at the goaline like an agile wideout and hit the pylon? No problem.

Recognized? Nope.:banging:

Hawaii 5-0
12-03-2012, 11:31 PM
He won't go while guys like Gronk and Hernandez are in the AFC. He's just not known league-wide like those two are.

Aaron Hernandez has 27 receptions for 276 yards and 2 TDs so far this season while Heath has 56 catches for 613 yards and 7 TDs.

Heath is going to the Pro Bowl this year. :tt02:

SoCalFan
12-03-2012, 11:35 PM
The Todd Haley offense has made Heath Miller the premier receiver on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He should definitely go to the Pro Bowl.

This! I have been BEGGING the peanut head BA to use Heath to his full potential...FINALLY!!!

teegre
12-04-2012, 12:04 AM
thats about all i can think of right now.

Alas, Gates will get in on name recognition alone... (just as Troy will).

Gronkpornski
Gates
...Heath?

Hawaii 5-0
12-04-2012, 12:07 AM
Alas, Gates will get in on name recognition alone... (just as Troy will).

Gronkpornski
Gates
...Heath?

Antonio Gates is having a down year with 38 catches for 417 yards and 4 TDs while Heath has 56 catches for 613 yards and 7 TDs.

based on performance Heath's primary competition for the backup AFC TE spot is Brandon Myers (69-721-4) and Owen Daniels (50-598-6).

teegre
12-04-2012, 12:15 AM
Antonio Gates is having a down year with 38 catches for 417 yards and 4 TDs while Heath has 56 catches for 613 yards and 7 TDs.

based on performance Heath's primary competition for the backup AFC TE spot is Brandon Myers (69-721-4) and Owen Daniels (50-598-6).

As Clint Eastwood once said: "Deserves got nothin' to do with it."

Gates will get in, because unknowing fans will automatically pick his name.

Hawaii 5-0
12-04-2012, 12:26 AM
As Clint Eastwood once said: "Deserves got nothin' to do with it."

Gates will get in, because unknowing fans will automatically pick his name.

true, unfortunately the Pro Bowl is nothing but a popularity contest.

tony hipchest
12-04-2012, 12:32 AM
As Clint Eastwood once said: "Deserves got nothin' to do with it."

Gates will get in, because unknowing fans will automatically pick his name.

if they were winning, i would agree.

the chargers are completely irrelevant this year. they will have as many players make the pro bowl as the eagles (asomughas name wont carry him).

= ZERO.

(plus gates has pissed off the fantasy football folks, which is a sure way to not get voted in).

lloydwoodson
12-04-2012, 12:34 AM
Heath is a rock. 100% always was always will be. Don't matter if we're up by 21 or down by 100. Favorite player on the Steelers.

I never would have guessed in a million years! Sorry for adding to the epidemic of sarcasm on the internet but you were begging for it.

Neil-Still-Rules-14
12-04-2012, 12:58 AM
Suisham might be on his way to Hawaii as well.

Hawaii 5-0
12-04-2012, 01:02 AM
Suisham might be on his way to Hawaii as well.

let's hope all of the Steelers are too busy playing in another game to go to the Pro Bowl.

Neil-Still-Rules-14
12-04-2012, 01:07 AM
let's hope all of the Steelers are too busy playing in another game to go to the Pro Bowl.

Even so, hopefully they will be there in spirit :P

Hawaii 5-0
12-04-2012, 11:19 PM
Miller’s huge game against Ravens helps bolster his place in Steelers’ record book

By Ralph N. Paulk
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012

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The Baltimore Ravens made up their minds early that the Steelers’ roadrunners — Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown — weren’t going to beat them over the top in a key AFC North battle at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.

As a consequence, they often slept on tight end Heath Miller. The sure-handed Miller gashed the middle of the Ravens’ defense to provide quarterback Charlie Batch with a secure, confident target.

Miller, who finished with five catches for 97 yards, made the big catches in the second half to help propel the Steelers to a 23-20 victory that kept their slim division title hopes alive. Also, with three home games remaining over the final four weeks — including Sunday’s game against San Diego — the Steelers vastly improved their playoff chances.

“It’s an important win for us, especially when you win on the road,” said Miller, who has a team-high 56 receptions for 613 yards.

While the Steelers were handing Baltimore its first home loss in two years, Miller’s record-setting day was largely overshadowed.

Miller’s 7-yard touchdown catch with 7:37 remaining that tied the game at 20-20 enabled him to establish a franchise record for most touchdowns (38) by a tight end. He had shared that record with Elbie Nickel.

“Heath did a good job of body position, and really stretching out to make that play,” Batch said.

Miller, only one touchdown shy of tying Louis Lipps (39) for the fifth most in franchise history, equaled his single-season career high of seven touchdown receptions in 2007.

“(The record) didn’t dawn on me until someone told me when I came into the locker room,” Miller said. “Obviously, winning the game was much more important.”

Miller influenced the outcome by taking advantage of the Ravens’ commitment to bottle up Wallace and Brown.

“(Miller) continues to amaze us,” Brown said. “He’s doing great things over the middle and it’s great to have a tight end like Heath Miller.”

Miller had 43-yarder in the third quarter to position Jonathan Dwyer for a 16-yard touchdown run to tie the game, 13-13. In the fourth quarter, Miller caught a 23-yard pass to the Baltimore 20, but the drive stalled when Batch’s pass to Miller in the back of the end zone was intercepted by safety Ed Reed.

“On the (43-yard reception), we had Mike and Antonio on one side and obviously they command a lot of respect with their speed. They both went deep and the middle was kind of vacated. Charlie gave me balls to run with, and we were able to make them pay.

“We didn’t know how they would play it. If someone had jumped the crossing routes, we had a favorable matchup with Mike over the top. Charlie did a good job reading out the defense and hitting the open guy. We ran our standard formations, but we had a little variation — something we hadn’t shown them in the past.”

It’s something the Chargers aren’t likely to ignore Sunday.

http://triblive.com/mobile/3065769-81/miller-steelers-game-record-ravens-touchdown-tight-yard-baltimore-heath

FrancoLambert
12-05-2012, 05:07 PM
Heath may be the most under-rated TE in all of football.
We now see what he's capable of when he's used as a weapon.
It's a pity more fans from around the league can't recognize this.

SteelersCanada
12-05-2012, 05:55 PM
Aaron Hernandez has 27 receptions for 276 yards and 2 TDs so far this season while Heath has 56 catches for 613 yards and 7 TDs.

Heath is going to the Pro Bowl this year. :tt02:

And yet, if you ask the average football fan who Aaron Hernandez is they'll be able to tell you. If you ask them who Heath Miller is ...

"who?"

.. and it's a shame, too. He's probably the most underrated player in the entire league.

nj1923steelgirl
12-05-2012, 05:58 PM
Heath should be in the pro bowl......and he deserves more recognition in the league!

GMU Steeler
12-05-2012, 06:00 PM
Nice to see him having a great year. Haley deserves a lot of credit for using him more in the offense.

pete74
12-06-2012, 05:36 AM
Heath and Gronk should be the AFC selection hands down

torpedoshell31
12-06-2012, 06:06 AM
The Patriot's TE's are primarily used just for the passing game, they're not asked to stay in and block at anywhere near the rate that Heath is. His blocking is what separates him from the rest of the TE's.

mlr458
12-06-2012, 11:33 AM
We call Heath "Money in the bank" around our house. He is sooooo good, he can make any pass look like it came straight to him. He just picks them right out of the air. Too bad wallace doesn't do that. I don't know what happened to him this year.

GMU Steeler
12-06-2012, 12:06 PM
We call Heath "Money in the bank" around our house. He is sooooo good, he can make any pass look like it came straight to him. He just picks them right out of the air. Too bad wallace doesn't do that. I don't know what happened to him this year.

I was actually expecting Wallace to have a contract year but he's been very iffy to say the least. Oh well. I am glad that we extended Brown over Wallace because that was the right move.

mikegrimey
12-06-2012, 04:25 PM
The Patriot's TE's are primarily used just for the passing game, they're not asked to stay in and block at anywhere near the rate that Heath is. His blocking is what separates him from the rest of the TE's.

Gronkowaki is actually a damn good blocker, and I love Miller, but Gronkowski is just better, hands down.

Brett Cottrell
12-06-2012, 06:47 PM
Steelers: Heath Miller Deserves Pro Bowl Selection



Give the governor a harrumph! :tt04:
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Hawaii 5-0
12-17-2012, 06:28 PM
Miller is Digest Player of the Week

In a lot of ways, it was another day at the office for Heath Miller, but based on the kind of season he is having that’s still a good day.

Miller caught seven passes for 92 yards and a 30-yard touchdown that tied the game, 10-10, at halftime. The TD gave him eight on the season, a single-season career high, and he also tied Louis Lipps for fifth place on the team’s list for receiving touchdowns.

Miller is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Also considered were: James Harrison, who had five tackles, including one for loss on third-and-short, and a forced fumble down near the goal line that saved a touchdown; Lawrence Timmons, who had six tackles and a sack; and Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 24-of-40 for 339 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=94440&page=4&highlight=heath+miller

austinfrench76
12-17-2012, 09:35 PM
Hell yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala
12-18-2012, 01:04 AM
Heath deserves it almost every year. The perfect tight end. Dude is such a great player and a joy to watch.

Kanata-Steeler
12-18-2012, 03:31 AM
Heath Miller deserves to be Coach, AND, throw and catch the ball at the same time.
I mean, it sure looks likes he's been trying to do just that, in comparison to Ben, and the rest of our receivers, .... :pissed:

Hawaii 5-0
12-19-2012, 12:43 PM
• Heath Miller‘s seven catches gave him 405 in his career, third most in Steelers history behind Hines Ward (1,000) and John Stallworth (537).

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/3147357-74/colon-game-season?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tribunereviewsteelers+%28Stee lers+Stories%29#ixzz2FWMg6Ejo

Hawaii 5-0
12-19-2012, 10:22 PM
HISTORY AWAITS HEATH?

Since 1969 when the Steelers first decided to name and honor its Most Valuable Player, never has the award gone to a tight end. That streak could end next week.

Miller, who’s third on the Steelers’ all-time receptions list (405), has been the team's most consistent player this year. He leads the team with 68 catches. He and Mike Wallace are tied for the team lead with eight touchdowns apiece. Miller ranks first with 43 catches that have resulted in a first down. He’s not fumbled the ball once this year. And he’s one of the NFL’s best blocking tight ends.

A first-round pick in 2005, he’s having the best season of his career.

Certainly, there’s no one on defense worthy of team MVP consideration.

Offensively, an argument can be made for Ben Roethlisberger, who’s sixth in the NFL with a 98.1 passer rating. But the guess here is the Miller will be chosen MVP by a landslide vote of his teammates.

http://www.timesonline.com/sports/steelers/week-observations-where-s-polamalu/article_871ec514-1f1b-5743-9687-f09f1a64b261.html