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Brett Keisel makes it to the Pro Bowl

Brett Keisel

With each January comes a flock of Pro Bowl starters who suddenly have injuries through which they can no longer play, and thus a flurry of Pro Bowl replacement players.

The latest one is a but of a surprise, especially since defensive end in the Steelers’ 3-4 defense rarely get much attention.  Heck, most people don’t even know who they are.

Enough of them know who Brett Keisel is.

The Steelers have announced that Keisel will replace Dwight Freeney on the AFC Pro Bowl roster.  The nine-year veteran from Brigham Young appeared in only 11 games (the Steelers were 9-2 when he played), mustering three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a 79-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Bucs, during which he toyed with Josh Freeman, weaving back and forth until Freeman fell down.

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12 Responses to “Brett Keisel makes it to the Pro Bowl”
  1. beastofeden says: Jan 15, 2011 2:07 PM

    Michael Jackson went to BYU as well: Bring’em Young University

  2. contract says: Jan 15, 2011 2:22 PM

    I think they chose him because he’s the best DE left that actually wants to play in the “Who Gives a Damn Pro Bowl”.

  3. cup0pizza says: Jan 15, 2011 2:26 PM

    Guess they’re letting anyone play in the Pro Bowl now.

  4. Deb says: Jan 15, 2011 2:29 PM

    And here we go with the annual Pro Bowl mix and match. But congrats to Brett for some well-deserved recognition.

  5. zone44blitz says: Jan 15, 2011 2:35 PM

    He deserves it. He is one of the most underrated players in this league along with Aaron Smith.

  6. masteel says: Jan 15, 2011 2:44 PM

    For Keisel this is a banner year of getting attention and accolades. Well deserved for such a great team guy. One of the players who rarely shows up on a stat sheet but whose effort, position, and execution helps deliver a difference in every Steelers game.

    Congratulations Brett, I for one would love to shake your hand.

    I hope you can provide the Steelers D with some more solid play, a significant ‘splash’ play today, and a BIG sack on Flacco !!

    GO Steelers & Brett !!!

  7. bodybaggame says: Jan 15, 2011 3:18 PM

    And they wonder why no one cares about the pro bowl…Hell, the players don’t care, why should the fans?

  8. johntonioholmes says: Jan 15, 2011 3:35 PM

    Considering that his defense posted the 3rd best rush defense in NFL history, it’s kind of a joke that only he and Harrison are going.

    But then again, the pro bowl is a joke. Case and point–Revis and Nnamdi both made it this year

  9. goldenflash30 says: Jan 15, 2011 3:44 PM

    It’s all because of the beard. That thing’s got magical powers or something.

    Seriously, though, congrats to Keisel. He’s not the flashiest player, but he’s a damn good one.

  10. pghsteel412 says: Jan 15, 2011 4:12 PM

    glad he was voted in but he wont play becasue he will be too busy preparing for super bowl

  11. Jack Burton says: Jan 15, 2011 8:23 PM

    It was the beard, they were afraid Chuck Norris was hiding in there waiting.

    Well deserved, he was always around the QB this year.

  12. brasho says: Jan 16, 2011 8:24 AM

    What’s so funny about all of this is that everybody makes such a huge deal of who is selected and gets to play in a game that NOBODY is going to watch. Nobody cares about the game itself, only who gets selected… it’s weird.

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