Pro Bowl Roster 2012: 3 Players We'll Miss Most from Giants and Patriots

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  (L-R) Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrate after Gronkowski caught a 10-yard touchdown reception from Brady in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Thanks to a stupid rule change that moved the Pro Bowl to the weekend before the Super Bowl, players who are playing in the Super Bowl can no longer play in the Pro Bowl.

Now, we won’t get to see any of the stars from the New England Patriots and New York Giants play in the game. For a game that’s usually not very watchable, keeping guys like Tom Brady from playing isn’t a smart move.

Let’s take a look at the three players who won’t be playing in the Pro Bowl who we’ll miss the most.


Tom Brady 

Brady is the best quarterback in the AFC by far. There’s no one who’s really even close to him.

Without Brady, the AFC is going to have to rely on Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Andy Dalton to lead them past the NFC.

Just imagine what would have happened if Brady were there to throw to guys like A.J. Green and Mike Wallace.

Without Brady, the AFC offense isn’t going to be nearly as exciting.


Rob Gronkowski 

As much as we’ll miss Brady, we’ll miss Gronk just as much or even more.

Gronkowski set the record for touchdown catches in a season by a tight end this season and is an elite player. The fans in Hawaii are definitely missing out by not getting to see the best tight end in the NFL right now.

I don’t care who the other team has on an all-star defense, no one can match up with Gronk one-on-one.


Jason Pierre-Paul 

Pierre-Paul was one of the breakout defensive stars of 2011. He did everything for the Giants.

Whether it was rushing the passer, making a big tackle or blocking a kick, JPP was there.

He deserves to go to Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl, but he can’t (I’m sure he’s fine with playing in the Super Bowl instead, though).

The NFC defense would have loved it if he were able to play in this game.