Pro Bowl 2012: 4 Pro Bowlers Who Shouldn't Make Another All-Star Game
The NFL Pro Bowl isn't the most highly regarded of pro all-star games, in fact no one really even cares, including the players which is why so many turn down the opportunity to participate.
However, it is still a nice gesture for players who have had good seasons and are deserving of the honor.
Here is a list of guys who are on the Pro Bowl roster for this year, but shouldn't make another one, not because they are undeserving, but because at some point age has to catch up with them.
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Coming into the season with the Broncos, thirty-year-old running back Willis McGahee expectations where no where near what achieved this season.
Coming off of a total of 1,595 yards in the last three seasons with Baltimore, McGahee was expected to be a complementary player to starting running back Knowshon Moreno.
Instead, McGahee embraced the opportunity, took over the role as starter, and showed off young legs on his way to running for 1,199 yards, and the Pro Bowl.
McGahee’s performance this season seemed to be a rebirth of his career and it will be interesting to see how much more he has in the tank, however, seeing him reach another Pro Bowl before it’s all said and done would be unlikely.
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It’s hard not to think that Dwight Freeney’s vote to the Pro Bowl this year didn’t have something to do with his name recognition.
A seven time Pro Bowler, the 31-year-old defensive end finished with 8.5 sacks on the season, but t just had 19 tackles.
His own teammate, Robert Mathis had arguably a much better season, finishing with 9.5 sacks and 43 tackles.
Next year going into his eleventh season, it would be surprising to see Freeney ever reach another Pro Bowl.
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Pushing the age of the 34, it is starting to become evident that Champ Bailey does not age.
Reaching the Pro Bowl again this year, Bailey is now an 11-time Pro Bowler and continues to be a playmaker for the Denver Broncos. For Bailey, the trip to Hawaii has become an annual vacation.
While Bailey had a solid season for the Broncos, he is another guy who’s name doesn’t hurt his Pro Bowl chances.
Heading into his 14th season next year will Bailey be able to do it again?
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If there is anyone who has defied aging better than Champ Bailey, it’s Green Bay’s Charles Woodson.
Woodson is 35 years old, in his fourteenth NFL season and still managed to finish the year with seven interceptions and 74 tackles, on his way to another Pro Bowl berth.
Seven interceptions for anyone, let alone a cornerback, is a good number, but how much longer can Woodson continue to play at such a high level?