Most Deserving Players on 2013 NFL Pro Bowl Rosters
The rosters are, as you'd expect, dotted with a who's who of the National Football League, from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but once you look past the brightest stars, there are some players who had great seasons a bit under the radar.
For those players this trip to Honolulu is very well-deserved, and here's a look at them.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
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It's been lost in the phenomenal season put in by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, but Peterson isn't the only running back returning from an ACL injury that had a great year.
Despite being mired on the worst team in the NFL with a head coach that occasionally forgot he was there, Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs came back to rush for over 1,400 yards, averaging a robust 5.4 yards on a career-high 271 carries.
Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals
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The big men in the trenches don't get much of the glory in the National Football League, and in fact about the only time that you hear about a defensive tackle in the NFL is when Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions does something dumb.
With that said though the player that people should be paying attention is player taken well after Suh in the 2010 draft.
Cincinnati Bengals tackle Geno Atkins, a fourth-round pick, has enjoyed an outstanding third season, racking up 50 tackles and an eye-popping 12.5 sacks.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Here's one you don't see every day. A called shot to the Pro Bowl that won't happen after all.
Before the 2012 season Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said that he intended to get Heath Miller to the Pro Bowl. He continued the campaign into November, and Miller, after catching twice as many touchdowns this year as in 2010 and 2011 combined, once again finds himself invited to Honolulu.
Too bad he won't be able to play, as the eighth-year pro tore his ACL last week.
Max Unger, OL, Seattle Seahawks
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It's going to be one heck of a week in Honolulu for Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Max Unger.
The fourth-year pro, who anchored the Seattle offensive line during their surprising run to the playoffs, will not only be making his first Pro Bowl appearance, but will be also be doing so in front of his hometown crowd.
The fact that both Unger and Russell Okung are starters in the Pro Bowl tells you quite a bit about how tailback Marshawn Lynch keeps chewing up the yardage in Seattle.
Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears
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2012 has been the Year of the Peanut.
His team may not make the playoffs this season but if the Chicago Bears fail to advance, it certainly won't be the fault of cornerback Charles Tillman.
For the third straight season Tillman has topped the 80-tackle mark, and Tillman's absolutely ridiculous 10 forced fumbles now gives Tillman a gaudy 39 over his 10-year career, which includes a pair of Pro Bowl nods.