The Pro Bowl voting always causes for controversy, and this year there were several notable players who were snubbed by voters. Some were because they lack the name recognition of more established players and still others were because their team just doesn’t have the popularity to get that player national attention.
The voting system has several flaws: The voting is done with several weeks still remaining in the season, so those players who begin the year strong are significantly more likely to get votes. Fan voting constitutes one-third of the balloting, which basically means the defensive ends with the most sacks will make the Pro Bowl and the offensive linemen who have made it before will make it (regardless of whether they deserve it or not).
One of the other questionable decisions about the Pro Bowl is the decision to play it before the Super Bowl. Each Super Bowl team typically sends at least five or six representatives to the Pro Bowl, meaning a whole slew of alternates end up making it. Factor in that a handful of the league’s players pull out due to injury (and the severe risk of injury) every year, and it often seems like anyone who is merely a good player gets to go to Hawaii.
Case in point: Two years ago, the AFC Pro Bowl squad included six quarterbacks. Six.