NFL Pro Bowl Snubs 2013: 5 Most Shocking Omissions
The 2013 Pro Bowl roster was announced on Wednesday, coming with its fair share of obvious selections.
But no Pro Bowl roster would be complete without controversy, as we've seen throughout the years in the NFL.
There are several snubs that deserved to make the Pro Bowl this season, each with a convincing case that apparently went unnoticed. This isn't to say some of the Pro Bowl selections were unwarranted, but it's clear these snubs were overlooked in the voting.
Here's a look at the five most shocking omissions from the 2013 Pro Bowl rosters.
5. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
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I would have given a Pro Bowl spot to Andrew Luck over Matt Schaub.
Luck's impact goes beyond the numbers. As a rookie, he has led a team that was 2-14 last season to a 10-5 record and a playoff berth. That includes leading the Colts on seven game-winning drives, including four fourth-quarter comebacks (via Pro-Football-Reference.com).
Two of those game-winning drives came against the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, both of which are playoff contenders this season.
4. Wesley Woodyard, OLB, Denver Broncos
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As a "Will" linebacker, Wesley Woodyard has collected 113 tackles this season, tied for eighth-most in the AFC.
That includes 5.5 sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble.
He had more tackles and interceptions than Tamba Hali and Robert Mathis combined, but their sack totals appear to have given them a boost.
Denver has held opponents to 3.6 yards per carry this season (third in the NFL) and Woodyard is a big part of that.
3. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
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How does a four-time Pro Bowler get passed up by four receivers in his own conference, including his own teammate, Julio Jones?
The inclusion of New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz over Roddy White is the most appalling. Cruz has five fewer receptions and 269 fewer receiving yards than White this season. He's also averaged 12.7 yards per reception, compared to the 15.0 yards per catch for White.
2. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
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The Cowboys' disappointing 8-7 record so far should not fall on Dez Bryant's shoulders by any means.
The third-year receiver has had a breakout campaign in 2012, ranking fourth in receiving yards (1,311) and second in touchdown catches (12) among NFC receivers. He's also averaged 14.9 yards per reception.
Bryant has totaled seven games with at least 95 receiving yards this season, including a 224-yard, two-touchdown performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16.
1. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
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You have to wonder if Richard Sherman's absence from the NFC roster had to do with allegations surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. It's hard to imagine that wasn't a factor among voters given that the second-year cornerback has been one of the league's brightest stars this season.
Sherman has led a pass defense that has allowed just 6.2 yards per pass attempt (third in the NFL). That includes big wins over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, who had dropped 41 points on the Patriots the previous week.
Sherman is not only an elite cover corner, but he's racked up seven interceptions on the season (tied for second in the NFL), including a defensive touchdown.
He is the biggest snub of the season.
What are your thoughts?