PITTSBURGH -- Two more Pittsburgh Steelers surfaced on ESPN.com’s list of the top 100 NFL players for both offense and defense.
Polamalu dropped 13 spots from his 2013 ESPN.com ranking after the Steelers slipped to No. 13 in total defense last season, when they had trouble stopping the run and were vulnerable to big plays. Polamalu still made his eighth Pro Bowl in 2013 after finishing third on the Steelers with 85 tackles, forcing a career-high five fumbles and tying for the team lead with two interceptions.
Polamalu, who is entering his 12th season, played every snap last season.
Pouncey, was on the other end of the spectrum in 2013, missing all but eight snaps after tearing several ligaments in his right knee, including his ACL.
Pouncey has since made a full recovery, and the Steelers signed the fifth-year veteran to a five-year, $44 million contract in June, making him one of the highest paid players at his position.