By Bob Pompeani

KDKA-TV sports anchor Bob Pompeani woke up early to talk with Ron Cook for a segment Ron likes to call “In Bed with Bob.”

With the Steelers’ 11-4 record heading into the final game of the season, and three Steelers announced for the Pro Bowl, talk now turns to who is the Steelers’ MVP? Pompeani said, his choice would be either Ben Roethlisberger or Troy Polamalu. He believes you need to have leadership at the quarterback position and the Steelers wouldn’t be at 11-4 without him.

Pompeani said, “Polamalu is what he is, and could the be the Defensive Player of the Year.”

Pompeani thinks Sunday’s game against the Browns is critical for the Steelers to win in order to make a run for the Super Bowl.

The Steelers need to win to get the bye, so they can get their players healthy. If they want to make a deep run in the playoffs, they need to have a healthy Troy Polamalu, Pompeani said.

Pompeani doesn’t understand coach Mike Tomlin’s decision to leave Roethlisberger in at the end of the Carolina game. Pompeani said, even though the Steelers were having trouble in the Red Zone heading into that game, they would have been in even more trouble if Ben wasn’t available for the rest of the season.

Cook changed up the conversation at the end of the interview to get Pompeani’s thoughts on Sidney Crosby’s point streak and the play of the Penguins heading into the Winter Classic.

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