Originally written June 14, 2012 on Bleed Black & Gold:
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Last night the NFL released number 21-30 on their top 100 of 2012 list, and two Steelers made that section of the list.  James Harrion came in at number 29 and Ben Roethlisberger came in at number 30.   This makes 5 Steelers that have made the list to date with still the top 20 players in the NFL to go.  Mike Wallace, Maurkice Pouncey and LaMarr Woodley also made the list.  The Steelers only have one more person left on the list and that’s Troy Polamalu.  It’s no surprise that he will come in somewhere in the Top 20. James Harrison dropped down 8 spots from last year’s list where he came in at 21st.  That’s not surprising considering the injuries he had this year with his back and his eye.  He had a slow start to the season.  He definitely picked it up towards the end and is still one of the best at his position. Watch other players talk about what a beast James Harrison is and why he’s ranked 29th. Ben Roethlisberger actually moved up 11 spots this year since he came in at number 41 last year.  Roethlisberger had one his better statistical seasons this past year.  But in that area he is still not in the top with Brady, Brees and company as far as yards and touchdowns.  But I look for that to change with the new offensive coordinator this year.  Hopefully next year he’ll crack the Top 20.  Click here to watch what other NFL players have to say about Big Ben being number 30.
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