Phillip Rivers Not Making Pro Bowl Is Insulting

Adam HeasleyCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

Quarterback Phillip Rivers is the only reason that the San Diego Chargers made the playoffs. Rivers is also the sole reason that his team beat Indianapolis (with the help of Sproles).

He also led the NFL in touchdowns and passer rating, yet he doesn't get rewarded for it.  Instead, Rivers was snubbed a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl roster. How does one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL not get voted to play in the Pro Bowl?

Is it because he played on an underachieved San Diego Chargers team? Is it because he went 8-8 this year as the offensive captain for the Chargers?

Whatever the reason, none of them are good ones. Rivers' situation is very eerie to the one that snubbed running back LaDainian Tomlinson from the Pro Bowl in 2004. San Diego gets no respect as a team, and neither does Rivers.

What does this guy have to do to get the respect he deserves?

Yes, I know the guy doesn't have a Super Bowl ring, but this early in his career you can not judge a guy if he has ring or not. Look at famous ex-quarterback Dan Marino. He never won a Super Bowl but will always be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game.

After it's all said and done, Rivers will have a better career then Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Just give the guy some time and he will shut the mouths of critics and the media everywhere.