…is the wise way to say “Merry Christmas” to the Steelers – by sending them to sunny Hawaii for the 2012 Pro Bowl!

There is just one week left!

Pro Bowl voting ends Monday, December 19th at the conclusion of Monday Night Football (Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.) so get those last votes in and make them count!!

Being selected as a starter in the Pro Bowl is a huge honor for players! Let’s show our team how much we support their selection – vote early, vote often! Make Hawaii Black & Gold!

And if they end up making Indianapolis Black & Gold instead, at least they’ll have earned the right to be called “Pro Bowlers” at the same time!!!

The annual contest of the AFC and NFC’s best will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Steelers on the ballot from the offense include Ben (working on his hula moves during a break from practice at the 2008 Pro Bowl above), Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Hines Ward, David Johnson, Heath Miller, Marcus Gilbert, Max Starks, Ramon Foster, Chris Kemoeatu, and Maurkice Pouncey.

Defensive players include Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Casey Hampton, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, William Gay, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, and Ryan Clark.

Ben has passed for 3,526 yards with 21 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 95.6 rating so far this season! He is currently No. 2 in fan voting for AFC  behind the Patriots’ Tom Brady. The Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick is third in AFC quarterback voting, and the Broncos’ Tim Tebow is fourth.

The Pro Bowl teams will be announced at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 on a special NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.

You can vote for the Black & Gold as many times as you like, just click here!

*”Mele Kalikimaka” means “Merry Christmas” and the title of a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written by Robert Alex Anderson in 1949. It is a classic that was made famous in 1950 by Bing Crosby, and again in the 1989 movie, “Christmas Vacation” starring Chevy Chase.

Injury Update:

Coach Tomlin told the media today that both Ben and Maurkice Pouncey as “questionable” for Monday night’s game in San Francisco. “They’ve worked tirelessly to get back into playing shape,” Tomlin said. “I think you need to characterize their availability as questionable at this point. We’ll see where the week takes us.”