Pro Bowl Rosters 2013: Biggest Snubs from NFL All-Star Game

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 23: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks fires up the crowd during the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle,Wa. The Seahawks won the game 42-13. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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It is that magical time of year when we argue and debate about the 2013 Pro Bowl rosters, only to see half the current rosters pull out of the game a week before it is played and all the snubs take their rightful place in the game. 

Despite talk before the season that the Pro Bowl might go away forever, the NFL has decided to keep its All-Star showcase around because something has to bridge the gap between Conference Championship Weekend and Super Bowl Sunday. 

When we talk snubs, we have to talk about the players who did make it in their place. So when we present a player to you, we will also tell you the player whose spot he should take. 

With that in mind, here is our look at the players who built incredibly strong resumes this season and deserve to be a part of the festivities in Hawaii on January 27, 2013. 

For a complete look and breakdown of both rosters, click here


NFC Snubs

Seattle CB Richard Sherman

It is baffling to think that there was not a spot on the NFC defense for Sherman, who has taken Darrelle Revis' spot as the best cornerback in the NFL with the Jets star having to sit out the season due to a knee injury. 

Chicago's Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings would be worthy choices in most seasons, but over Sherman, who is a great cover cornerback and a ball hawk, their inclusion look silly. 

In fact, the Seahawks only sent one defensive player to the Pro Bowl, safety Earl Thomas. Perhaps Seattle's problem is they didn't start getting national attention until they started putting up 50 points per game, but Sherman has been great all season. 


Atlanta WR Roddy White

Voters tend to like shiny new objects, as opposed to those old relics that have been there before. White got robbed in favor of teammate Julio Jones, who has 11 fewer catches and 167 fewer yards. 

The NFC is loaded at wide receiver, with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Victor Cruz rounding out the Pro Bowl group. White is not quite at the level of those three players this season, but he definitely deserved the nod over his teammate. 



AFC Snubs

Tennessee RB Chris Johnson

There was a time, much earlier this season, when Johnson looked like he was going to waste away in another lost year. He wasn't running with any energy, leaving the Titans to wonder what his future would be. 

Yet as we close the 2012 season, Johnson is just 13 yards away from 1,200 yards and he already has five touchdowns on just 255 carries. When you consider that the quarterback play in Tennessee has been dreadful, his numbers look even better. 

It is hard to really argue with any of the AFC running back selections, but Arian Foster is approaching overrated territory. He scores a lot of touchdowns, which makes him a valuable fantasy asset, but he averages just four yards per carry and has just 141 more yards than Johnson despite having 80 more carries. 


Pittsburgh LB Lawrence Timmons

Like with the AFC running backs, this is a case where there really is an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Yet to see Timmons not get recognized for what he did this season makes you wonder what people making the rosters really look at. 

Timmons did not have as many tackles (100) as New England's Jerod Mayo (142) or Kansas City's Derrick Johnson (119), but he had more sacks, passes defended and interceptions. He also had more tackles for loss than Mayo. 

Again, it is very close between all three players, but Timmons should be playing in the Pro Bowl rather than Mayo. What Timmons was able to do for a defense that was decimated by injuries is as impressive as anything any linebacker has done this season.