In somewhat of a surprising vote, Antonio Brown was named the Steelers MVP after a vote of his teammates.
Not bad for a player who started three games this season.
But Brown broke the team record for yards from scrimmage in a season and has the highest kick return average for the Steelers since Mel Blount in 1970.
There were, however, a number of good candidates on this team this season, Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace and Ike Taylor among them.
You could also make a case for Max Starks as well. The Steelers were 2-2 without him and have gone 9-2 with him.
© Marcus Gilbert was named the team's top rookie in somewhat of an awkward moment.
The vote, which is made by the writers who cover the team, was done before last Saturday's game.
That was also prior to anyone learning Gilbert had been benched in that game.
Gilbert, who has started 12 games this season, still deserved the award, but getting benched because you missed a meeting and apparently have a sleeping problem - ie. falling asleep in meetings - is an issue.
Hopefully, Gilbert learned his lesson here and starts going to bed a little earlier - or at least drinks some coffee.
© James Farrior won The Chief award, which is given to the player who works the best with the media that covers the team.
I voted for Casey Hampton, but it was purely for personal reasons. I wanted to see Hampton step up in front of a podium.
Hampton is always funny to talk to and really doesn't hold anything back.
But Farrior, who's a guy others look up to in that locker room, was a good choice as well.
© James Harrison returned to practice Thursday and Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey both went through a full practice for the second consecutive day.
Troy Polamalu sat out again with his knee issue, but I expect him to return Friday.
© It appears Chris Kemoeatu, who somehow was named third alternate to the Pro Bowl, will be back in the starting lineup Sunday for the Steelers.
Trai Essex is too valuable to have out there every down, particularly since the Steelers would like to get Pouncey out of the game if they can build a big lead.