The AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters have been announced and as usual who did not make the teams is more of a talking point than who did.
Here are my top five snubs from this years Pro Bowl rosters:
1. CB Richard Sherman, Seahawks
His rise from being a fifth-round pick out of Stanford to one of the best defensive backs in the league after only two years is a remarkable story in talent, intelligence and desire. Sherman had to transform himself after a knee injury in college robbed him of his speed (he was a California triple jump champion in high school and made the finals in the 100-meter sprint, the 110 hurdles and the long jump). He also changed position from wide receiver to cornerback.
2. LB Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals
While a strong case can be made for Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler Clay Matthews, who has 12 sacks, Washington “put up his numbers [nine sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles] on a bad team that practically never had the lead,” observed an NFC coach.
3. Center Mike Pouncey, Miami Dolphins
Although his exclusion was a breakdown of the voting between coaches, players and fans, it’s obvious that the popularity of Pittsburgh (Pouncey’s twin brother Maurkice was named the starter) and the success of Houston (Chris Myers was named the backup) overwhelmed the outstanding play of the Dolphins’ 2011 first-round pick. Five assistant coaches said earlier this season that Mike was not only the best center in the AFC this season, but probably the best in the league.
4 (tie). WRs Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) and Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons)
If the league would get rid of the stupid fullback spot (more on that later), then there would be more room for the league’s most important position behind quarterback. Jackson, (who has come on strong down the stretch) and White all have more than 1,300 yards and have been vital to whatever level of success their teams have had. Then again, this is a crowded position.
Who do you think was deserving of a Pro Bowl spot but was overlooked.