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Biggest Pro Bowl Snubs
Total Pro Sports- Every year when the Pro Bowl rosters are announced there are players that don’t deserve to make the team and vice versa. One reason that undeserving players make it to Hawaii because of their reputation as a good player. Take the example of Champ Bailey, who missed most of the season with injuries, yet was still named to the team. His body of work has allowed to be named to this years team and not what he has accomplished this season.
However, I’m more interested in the players that didn’t get the invited to the big dance this year. There are always good players that snubbed and this year is no different. Lets take a look at the biggest snubs from this years Pro Bowl teams.
Phillip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers,
Leads the league in passer rating and is having a career season. The Chargers are having a bad season and Old Man Favre is now in the NFC, which made Phil the odd man out.
Steve Slaton, RB, Houston Texans,
This rookie is 7th in the NFL in rushing with 1124 yards and has 40 receptions. He also has 9 total touchdowns. Playing for the Texans didn’t help his chances, he will be a Pro Bowler some day.
Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots,
Even playing without stud QB Tom Brady, Moss has scored 10 touchdowns, which is second in the NFL. He is still one of the best players in the entire league at his position.
Lamarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers,
One half the most dominant pass rushing duos in Steeler history has been left off this years team. Woodley has had a breakout year and is currently tied for 8th in NFL in sacks, with 11.5.
Shaun Ellis, DE, New York Jets,
Ellis has been one of the most productive players for the Jets this year. His touchdown against the Bills was the biggest play of the season for that team, although it came well after the Pro Bowl Ballots were in.
Michael Griffin, FS, Tennessee Titans,
Griffin has put together a fantastic season playing for the surprising Titans. He has missed 4 games and is still second in the NFL with 5 interceptions. The presence of Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu and his teammate Chris Hope, made his chances of making the team slim.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons,
His numbers certainly don’t jump off the page, but what he has done for the Falcons has been nothing short of amazing. He didn’t make it this year, yet his future will be full of trips to Hawaii.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears,
Forte has put together one of the best rookie seasons in Bears history, which is saying alot when you look at the running backs on that list. Much like Ryan, this rookie was snubbed this year, but will be a mainstay at the Pro Bowl in the future.
Antonio Bryant, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
His numbers got a huge boost in recent weeks, which is a big reason why he didn’t make the team. He is having a great season and could be the NFL’s comeback player of the year.
Karlos Dansby, LB, Arizona Cardinals,
Dansby is one of the most underrated players in the entire NFL, on the defensive side of the ball. Year after year he puts up big numbers and never really gets recognized for his achievements.
John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons,
Abraham has been one of the most improtant players for the Falcons this year, and is 3rd in NFL in sacks. He might have been snubbed from this year team beacuse he has been injured during the last couple seasons.
Oshiomogo Atogwe, FS, St. Louis Cardinals,
Atogwe has had a solid season playing for the lowly Rams. The fact that he plays for such a bad team is the main reason why he failed to make the team.
At the end of the day, the Pro Bowl is mostly a popularity contest and possibly one of the worst all star games in all of sports.