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Roethlisberger “definitely” attending Pro Bowl, leaving Tebow out in the cold

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With Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hobbling for much of the last six weeks and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady now exempt from the festivities (as if he would have gone anyway), many assumed that Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow would be invited to the Pro Bowl, given that he’s the second alternate.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, the first alternate, already has been called up, given that Brady will be getting ready for the Super Bowl.  But a league source tells PFT that Roethlisberger will “definitely” make the trip to Hawaii, despite an ankle injury that he first suffered on December 8 — and that he apparently aggravated on multiple occasions.

This means that Tebow’s first Pro Bowl appearance will come next year, at the earliest.

Of course, making the trip and being able to play are two different things.  Roethlisberger could realize once he tries to practice that the ankle still isn’t 100 percent.  But at least he still gets the free trip to Hawaii.

Tebow, who suffered a rib injury nine days ago in a 45-10 division-round loss to the Patriots, likely would be able to play in the game on short notice, if it comes to that.  A source with knowledge of the situation said that doctors told Tebow last week, when Roethlisberger’s status was uncertain, that Tebow should be able to practice for and play in the Pro Bowl.

The Pro Bowl will be televised Sunday night on NBC.  Which may explain why we suddenly have more than a cursory interest in it.

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78 Responses to “Roethlisberger “definitely” attending Pro Bowl, leaving Tebow out in the cold”
  1. citizenstrange says: Jan 23, 2012 1:03 PM

    I don’t usually bet on the Pro Bowl but … I bet that the first time Roethlisberger throws an interception he starts limping around like he can barely walk again.

  2. fissels says: Jan 23, 2012 1:05 PM

    Ben deserves to go, Tebow needs to wait.

  3. robdolphins says: Jan 23, 2012 1:05 PM

    Roethlisberger went on to ask, “Does anyone know of any good bars that college girls hang out in Hawaii?”

  4. eddddddd says: Jan 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    Good.

  5. 2difshoe says: Jan 23, 2012 1:08 PM

    Looking for a little ‘ sympathy for the devil . ‘

    Poor, poor Ben, attention monger.

  6. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 23, 2012 1:08 PM

    makes sense – he earned it and he’s got a new young bride that probably wants to go too.

    He can take her on a tour of all his memorable bathroom encounters he had the last few times he was there.

  7. coachliquoredup says: Jan 23, 2012 1:08 PM

    Playing golf at Pebble Beach should outrank playing in a meaningless game. One that nobody watches or even cares about.

  8. bear0402 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:09 PM

    As if there was any doubt.

  9. comeonnowguys says: Jan 23, 2012 1:09 PM

    YES! There is a God!

    Oh, um… awkward.

  10. dasmol says: Jan 23, 2012 1:09 PM

    That’s hilarious.

    “Tebow, who suffered a rib injury nine days ago in a 45-10 division-round loss to the Patriots, likely would be able to play in the game on short notice, if it comes to that.”

    It’s not like Tebow would have to learn any plays or anything.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    Wow, the AFC doesn’t have many good quarterbacks.

  12. govtminion says: Jan 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    I think I can safely speak for a lot of people here (not all, but many) when I say that I can’t get fired up for a game that even the players don’t give a crap about. For many this is nothing more than a free trip to Hawaii, and the game is so tepid and boring that even they don’t put in more than a ‘B’ effort at most. I’d rather watch a blank screen than the Pro Bowl.

    (I’m the same about the other sports All-Star games too, for what it’s worth.)

  13. sbh1cats says: Jan 23, 2012 1:11 PM

    my bet is that ben can’t and won’t play, but he just will not give up that spot to spite tebow…

  14. SOBEIT says: Jan 23, 2012 1:11 PM

    Thank God…I’ll Tebow to that! Hate Ben, but hate Tebow more.

  15. ttgb2 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:11 PM

    “The Pro Bowl will be televised Sunday night on NBC. Which may explain why we suddenly have more than a cursory interest in it.”

    Well, I appreciate the honesty.

  16. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 23, 2012 1:11 PM

    Ben looks great on the beach, Tebow can’t hang with that physique.

  17. blacnsilvr says: Jan 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    Enough with the Tebow coverage already!! There ISSSSS a god!

  18. staff2cj4td says: Jan 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    PRO BOWL = JOKE!!

    example….Cam Newton is there, Matthew Stafford is not?!?!?

  19. briang123 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:13 PM

    Did you notice yesterday when promoting the Pro Bowl CBS said “check your local listings” and Fox said “It’s on NBC?”

  20. walleye436 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    Gonna stop in Vegas and pay his bill

  21. rickupchurch says: Jan 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    This will be the “most courageous” Pro Bowl appearance in history! Milk it Ben!! Don’t forget to limp every time you throw an incompletion.

  22. dukemarc says: Jan 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    And with that, Big Ben gives a Big Middle Finger to Tebowmania.

  23. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 23, 2012 1:16 PM

    God will be Tebow’s warmth….his blanket. His shelter from the cold. Amen:)

  24. theshakeweight says: Jan 23, 2012 1:16 PM

    Roethlisberger “definitely” attending Pro Bowl, which means there will “definitely” be some bathroom stall action going down in Hawaii.

  25. Kaz says: Jan 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    2 things… Cam got a whole post about his probowl. Andy gets a blurb in a Tebow post. 2nd. We all know by now Ben isn’t as hurt as he likes people to believe so it’s no surprise he’ll play in the Probowl. Duh.

  26. Stiller43 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    Not a fan of ben playing in the pro bowl, but if it keeps the pro bowl label off of a terrible terrible quarterback (who beat my team…) then im a huge fan of it.

  27. weepingjebus says: Jan 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    Hah, is he still milking that ankle thing? I assumed it was just something to make the ladies think they could outrun him.

  28. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    Watching paint dry is more entertaing than the pro bowl.

  29. boopipes says: Jan 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    In related news, sexual assaults reach a all time high in Oahu.

  30. wyobroncoboy says: Jan 23, 2012 1:22 PM

    Dang Tim got out Tebowed…He got “Bergered” instead.

    (Ruthless)

  31. fittytuckin says: Jan 23, 2012 1:22 PM

    Guess the ankle that he limps on like its broken feels good. Anybody else notices how below average Big Rape is without the ability to extend plays. I don’t really think he’s elite.

  32. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 1:22 PM

    Season’s over. Nothing to lose. If I were Ben, I’d hobble onto the field just to keep Tebow out.

    Look, I like Tebow personally and think he’s a great leader and tremendously talented young man who deserves the opportunity to develop his potential. But he has the lowest passing percentage in the league. He hasn’t earned a QB spot in the Pro Bowl based on the quality of his play at the position.

  33. samoanjungle says: Jan 23, 2012 1:26 PM

    Someone with a 46% completion pct has no business being a QB let alone being in the Pro Bowl.

  34. fatassass says: Jan 23, 2012 1:26 PM

    If Tebow were a probowl quarterback, he would already be slated for the ProBowl.

    The real question is why he is even an NFL quarterback.

  35. emaimo80 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    Tebow got lucky this year, he is not the worst but definetly not pro bowl worthy. Two main factors to consider when deciding who goes to the pro-bowl should be good completion %, and how well you protect the football. He has too much room for improvement in those areas before you crown him! He beat teams with a combined loosing record. The one time they beat a real team it was unfair that an 8-8 team was hosting a 12-4 team in the first place!

  36. slammincamnewton says: Jan 23, 2012 1:28 PM

    Hey Ben, thought you and your boys were suppose to be going to that other bowl? Atleast that’s what you and your fan base said every week til thanksgiving? I think Ben’s doing this on purpose to stick it to Tebow for the playoff loss.

  37. joetoronto says: Jan 23, 2012 1:33 PM

    Tebow SHOULD be left out, it’s bad enough Andy Dalton made it.

  38. teamgoku says: Jan 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    Who freaking cares its the PRO BOWL not the SUPER BOWL so either way it just means your team wasn’t good enough so here is a bone to get a little extra money

  39. rodgers419 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:35 PM

    A pro bowl quarterback with a sub 50% completion percentage. Tim Tebow is a bottom third QB on a good day.

    The joys of fan voting..

  40. ebeg420 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:42 PM

    If Dalton is the 1st Alternate and Tebow is next in line, all I get from this piece is….The QB’s in the AFC stink!!!!

  41. grandpoopah says: Jan 23, 2012 1:42 PM

    Well at least we won’t have to watch the AFC team run the option.

  42. geefan1 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:43 PM

    Too bad Pig Pen can only beat Tebow in a game that doesn’t count. We’ll look forward to that big preseason match-up next August.

  43. comeonnowguys says: Jan 23, 2012 1:46 PM

    PRO BOWL = JOKE!!
    “example….Cam Newton is there, Matthew Stafford is not?!?!?”

    I guess people saw through Stafford’s “throw-it-anywhere-near-Calvin-Johnson-and-it-is-a-TD” shtick.

  44. fancyleague says: Jan 23, 2012 1:46 PM

    Ben just wants to leave the mainland to get clear of the murderous rampage Ray Lewis is about to go on.

  45. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    Kind of wanted to watch Teblow embarrass himself in one of those QB accuracy competitions they have before the game.

  46. flaccobouncepass says: Jan 23, 2012 1:51 PM

    Too bad Flacco isn’t free next weekend…big skate boarding event with Bam Margera and Tony Hawk comes first though.

  47. godofwine330 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:56 PM

    A Tebow-less Pro Bowl. Great. I just want to thank the Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger…

  48. CKL says: Jan 23, 2012 2:39 PM

    Flacco should go instead of Ben. He’s not hurt and had similar #s to Ben total TD/turnover wise. If Ben was a pro bowl qb this year so is Flacco.

  49. cardmagnet says: Jan 23, 2012 3:03 PM

    I see the phantom “injury” has disappeared again. Watch for him to put a limp on if he struggles in the Pro Bowl.

  50. dickroy says: Jan 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    I had no idea that Tebow was an alternate for the pro bowl. Then again, I pay about as much attention to the pro bowl as I do the NBA or ping pong tournaments in Taiwan.
    I love to see my Steeler players make it, but the game is a joke. I haven’t watched it in years.

  51. metalhead65 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    site all the stats you want but do not say Tebow did not earn a spot. last time I looked he took a team that was 1-5 when he took over and finished up with a .500 record and won a playoff game. that is something the other more “deserving” qb’s did not. again despite what you experts like to say he lead the same team that was 1-5 with the same players to the playoffs and won a game. maybe he did not look pretty at times doing it but he did win. he was the one giving credit to his teammates while you were berating him and saying it was the defense that won those games.again the same defense that was 1-5 before he took over.

  52. staff2cj4td says: Jan 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    Cam Newton, throw it to Steve Smith or throw it to the other team!

  53. vladdrac69 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:19 PM

    How does a QB who can’t pass make it to the Pro Bowl? Who in the world is putting Tebow in the Pro Bowl list ahead of all the other AFC starting QBs?
    If you are not even a legitimate starting QB, how are you a Pro Bowl QB? WTF!?

    All this guy does is put his head down and run up the middle like a fullback. He will not have a long career because he is ripe for concussions with this style of play.

    THE ONLY REASON he is on the Pro Bowl list is because they want the ratings. Period.

    And just because you love Jesus more than everyone else and he loves you more than everyone else does not mean you are a Pro Bowl QB.

  54. rcali says: Jan 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    I think I’ll be catching up on my DVR recordings on Sunday night.

  55. dickroy says: Jan 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    His stats were not that good, but he was the most popular QB this year. That is how most players are invited anyway.

  56. yettyskills says: Jan 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    How many people like Ben just a lil bit more now?

  57. dickroy says: Jan 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    I really think when it comes to the Pro Bowl, they should just name the players, give them an award and forget playing the game. Nobody cares about it anyway, not even the players.

  58. staff2cj4td says: Jan 23, 2012 3:35 PM

    if you take Calvin Johnson away from Stafford’s stats, he still threw for more touchdowns than 23 other starting qb’s and more yards than 19 starting qb’s!! not to mention those yards and td’s would have gone somewhere else!

    Cam “The Black Tebow” ALL HYPE-IRRELEVANT!!

  59. scoob766 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    How is Tebow even being considered for the ProBowl, Flacco, Matt Moore, Sanchez, I could go on all deserve it more then Teblow.

  60. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    @CKL …

    That’s what I hate about the Pro Bowl voting–it really isn’t about the best players, but about the best known or most popular. Flacco’s numbers were almost identical to Ben’s this year, and it’s ridiculous that he’s not in this conversation. But then I don’t really understand the purpose of the game when it gets to the point of just calling all players to see who’s available. That kind of eliminates the “all star” aspect anyway.

  61. flaccobouncepass says: Jan 23, 2012 4:20 PM

    CKL says:
    Jan 23, 2012 2:39 PM
    Flacco should go instead of Ben. He’s not hurt and had similar #s to Ben total TD/turnover wise. If Ben was a pro bowl qb this year so is Flacco.

    You, my friend are a complete idiot. Flacco couldn’t hold the bathroom stall for Ben on date night…. Ben WINS championships. Flacco brags of “road playoff wins” like his moley faced buddy Sanchez up in NYC. There are at least 7 players on Steelers that would’ve made a play to win yesterday, as they have done in the past: Ben, Hines, Troy, Harrison, Woodley, Santonio. Just my opinion. Sure hope you all enjoy the Gatoraid Super Bowl Victory you earned back in September!

  62. orcheon says: Jan 23, 2012 4:29 PM

    Why should Tebow even be considered for an all-pro game? There were five rookies who outplayed him this year: Dalton, Newton, Ponder, Yates and Locker.

    The reason he was able to come back so many times is because they were behind due to his ineptitude for the previous 58 minutes. They won games because of their defense. Guys like Dumervil, Miller and Bailey.

    Until he proves he can play well for longer than a commercial break, he is about as deserving of playing in an all-pro game as Blaine Gabbert.

  63. comeonnowguys says: Jan 23, 2012 4:36 PM

    “staff2cj4td says:
    Jan 23, 2012 3:35 PM
    if you take Calvin Johnson away from Stafford’s stats, he still threw for more touchdowns than 23 other starting qb’s and more yards than 19 starting qb’s!! not to mention those yards and td’s would have gone somewhere else!”

    So you’re saying anyone could have stepped in and caught TD’s in double and triple coverage and put up CJ’s numbers.

    Also, you realize that, purely taking away CJ’s numbers, that puts him basically at the bottom of the QB’s who started the whole season. Pretty easy to out-stat quarterbacks who didn’t play the entire year.

    It’s no secret, if you are able to actually take Johnson out of the game, Stafford wasn’t going to do much with the rest of the receivers.

    So, again, congrats on having a QB who was great at throwing to Calvin Johnson.

  64. cuda1234 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:44 PM

    Here are SOME of the AFC qb’s with a better rating than Tim Tebow:

    Jake Locker
    Matt Moore
    Jason Campbell
    Dan Orlovsky
    Chad Henne
    Kyle Orton
    JP Losman

    There are at least a dozen AFC qb’s that should be between Timmy and Honolulu.

    What will it take for the media to get behind one of these guys?

  65. staff2cj4td says: Jan 23, 2012 5:04 PM

    comeonnowguys…..

    if you take away the 100 or more passes that went his way they would of went to someone else!

    so brady sucks cause gronkowski had all those td’s, rodgers sucks cause he threw all those passes to jordy nelson, brees sucks cause he threw all those passes to jimmy graham, hahahahahaa your probably just a sorry sad dejected raiders fan who watched Calvin destroy your pathetic d and post season dreams!!

  66. vietnambob2473 says: Jan 23, 2012 5:05 PM

    that’s the only way Roethlisberger can beat Tebow.

  67. tatum064 says: Jan 23, 2012 5:17 PM

    SOME of the AFC qb’s with a better rating than Tim Tebow:

    Jake Locker
    Matt Moore
    Jason Campbell
    Dan Orlovsky
    Chad Henne
    Kyle Orton
    JP Losman

    ==============

    thank you, and thank you Big Ben for sparing us a Pro Bowl atrocity committed by voters

  68. johnelwayismydad says: Jan 23, 2012 5:25 PM

    That’s what Tebow gets for embarrassing Big Ben and the entire Steelers organization. Rothlisberger really came out on top this time, NOT!!!

  69. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 5:44 PM

    @flaccobouncepass …

    I love my Steelers, but CKL is far from an idiot. She’s an extremely knowledgeable football fan. Both she and I are basing our comments about Ben and Flacco’s stats on Ben and Flacco’s stats, not on some fantasy about Steelers players always pulling off a miracle win. I’ve watched my Steelers lose quite a few championship games over the years. And Ben, Troy, and company didn’t pull off any miracles last year in the Super Bowl. Like I said, I love my team. What I don’t love is people claiming to be Steelers fans acting like arrogant boobs instead of basing their comments on facts.

  70. comeonnowguys says: Jan 23, 2012 5:45 PM

    “staff2cj4td says:
    Jan 23, 2012 5:04 PM

    so brady sucks cause gronkowski had all those td’s, rodgers sucks cause he threw all those passes to jordy nelson, brees sucks cause he threw all those passes to jimmy graham, hahahahahaa

    Brady also has Hernandez and Welker.

    Rodgers: Threw TD’s to basically everyone in the state of Wisconsin.

    Brees: Colston, Henderson, and Sproles.

    See a pattern here? They’re not just chucking it to one guy repeatedly and hoping he comes down with it.

    You know, like the Lions who have Calvin Johnson and… Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew.

    Whoops.

    You have no recollection of Calvin Johnson going up in the middle of of two or three guys and coming down with passes few players have any right to? Of course there will be a little redistribution, but are you telling me Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew or Tony Scheffler would step right in his place and do that? Come on.

    your probably just a sorry sad dejected raiders fan who watched Calvin destroy your pathetic d and post season dreams!!

    Wrong. But then again, you’ve only been watching football for 14 months, so you’re allowed a mistake or two.

  71. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 5:46 PM

    BTW, flaccobouncepass, CKL is a Pats fan. So I’m sure she is enjoying the continuation of her team’s season. Not everyone commenting here is solely motivated by homerism.

  72. flaccobouncepass says: Jan 23, 2012 7:21 PM

    And Ben, Troy, and company didn’t pull off any miracles last year in the Super Bowl.

    But they have before! Ray Lewis has one ring that should be given to Jamaal Lewis for carrying that team. This current team is all talk, no action. Always have been, always will be: the Steelers bee-yatch! Even the year they did win it all, Kordell beat them in regular season.

  73. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 9:02 PM

    flaccobouncepass …

    Hey, I love our guys win or lose. Wouldn’t trade them for any other team. But it’s goofy to be talking about what they’d have done in the championship game when they couldn’t get past Denver. I’m not an ass in real life, so I try not to play one on the football blog.

  74. staff2cj4td says: Jan 23, 2012 9:03 PM

    comeonnowguys…….

    oh and to put a dagger in your retarded argument…………Stafford threw 41 td’s, Brady threw 39, Calvin caught 16, Gronko caught 17……….so Stafford threw 25 to other players, Brady only threw 22 to other players!

    guess Brady sucks cause all he did was “threw it up” to Gronko

    hahahaha stick to video games on your moms basement couch, inbred!

  75. vincentbojackson says: Jan 23, 2012 9:05 PM

    It was widely reported over a week ago that he invited two coaches and their wives along to Hawaii at his expense. Doesn’t sound like a guy that was ever “on the fence”.

  76. whatswiththehate says: Jan 24, 2012 10:42 AM

    staff2cj4td says:Jan 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    PRO BOWL = JOKE!!

    example….Cam Newton is there, Matthew Stafford is not?!?!?
    —————-
    Wow…someone sounds like a spoiled brat who didn’t get what they wanted.

    Got to love how you Matt Stafford lovers seem to enjoy putting up stats that benefit your boy while trying to make you sad argument.

    BY the way, this is a thread about Ben and Tim Tebow..The Cam Newton thread is a few articles down. You may want to visit, if you haven’t already, and continue your ranting over how great Matt Stafford is.

    Also, good to see after how many years of always getting injured, Matt has finally given you something to brag about..SMDH

  77. fthestoolsftheyets says: Jan 24, 2012 10:51 AM

    Clearly Big Rape wants to get away from his boring small town wife so he can parlay. No matter how big a house they built she’ll be inside it while he wants to be inside fun girls.

  78. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 24, 2012 11:24 AM

    wow the lesser of two evils I guess. Tebow would probably come in riding on a cross. Ben will probably come in riding on an ugly chick who is ruffied up

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