Cowher, Porter and others expressed displeasure that other Steelers were not chosen. Cowher mentioned wide receiver Hines Ward, whose Pro Bowl streak ended at four, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on offense.
"These two guys are not going to have stats compared to other players at their positions because of how we play the game," Cowher said. "You can judge quarterbacks all that you want, but, if you look at the won-loss percentage based on what these guys have done when they are playing, our quarterback can match up with anybody. Hines Ward, I think you know what he is. I think a lot of times people are looking at numbers when they vote."