by Chuck Pool (email@example.com) -
Former Rice kicker Chris Boswell, whose clutch performances this season have earned him a spot as one of the Pittsburgh Steeler’s “Killer B’s”, has been selected along with Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger and four of their Steelers teammates as members of the AFC squad for the 2018 Pro Bowl. This year’s game will be played on January 28 in Orlando, Florida.
The rosters for each 47-man team are determined by voting from fans, players and coaches, with each type of voting counting for one-third of the final rosters.
Boswell is the 12th Owl to be selected to the Pro Bowl and the first to earn the honor since Ryan Pontbriand was selected for the second consecutive year in 2009. Bill Howton holds the distinction of the most Pro Bowl selections for an Owl, earning four trips to the game during his career (1952, 1955-57).
He has connected on 33 of 36 field goal attempts this year, and 29 of 31 extra point attempts. He has had four game-winning field goals this season, including three as time expired against the Colts, Packers and Bengals. His 53-yard game-winning field goal against the Packers tied the record for longest field goal at Heinz Field.
He has scored 340 points in three seasons since joining the Steelers after an in-season tryout on October 3, 2015. He is 27 points away from breaking Howton’s career total of 366 points which ranks as the most by an Owl in the NFL.
Boswell was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Bengals, when he hit three field goals, including one with time expiring in the first half, and one with no time left on the clock at the end of the game for a 23-20 win.