NFL Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Players on Losing Teams Who Got Snubbed

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 28, 2012

Dec 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle (32) runs out of the smoke during pregame introduction before a game against the Carolina Panthers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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If the Pro Bowl is truly about showcasing the best players in the NFL, it shouldn't matter what team you are on.

But several players on losing squads who deserved to make the trip to Hawaii in 2013 were snubbed this season.

Some snubs were overshadowed by players with bigger reputations while others were simply overlooked entirely.

Here's a look at the players on losing teams who deserved to make the 2013 Pro Bowl roster.


Mike Pouncey, C, Miami Dolphins

Mike Pouncey was not only one of the best centers in the AFC this season, he was the better Pouncey. His brother, Maurkice, made the roster based more on his reputation (and the fact that he was on the Pittsburgh Steelers) than his play.


Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers

No position was botched as much as the safety position in the AFC this season. 

Eric Weddle was an obvious snub and his stats (89 tackles, three interceptions, nine pass deflections, one sack, one defensive touchdown, two forced fumbles) don't begin to tell how multi-faceted he was this season.

Weddle was one of the few players on San Diego's roster who consistently brought it in 2012.


Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo was bombed through the air this season, but that had nothing to do with Jairus Byrd.

The four-year pro led the AFC in interceptions with five and he added 71 tackles and four forced fumbles. He shouldn't be blamed for simply being on the Bills roster. He deserved a trip to Hawaii.


Reshad Jones, S, Miami Dolphins

Talk about making an impact in several different areas: Reshad Jones notched 86 tackles, four interceptions, nine pass deflections, one sack and two forced fumbles this season.

Heck, the Dolphins have even allowed 19.3 points per game (sixth in the NFL), and Jones still doesn't get any recognition.

Miami isn't 7-8 because of Jones or the defense. The offense let this team down.


Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers

How do you rack up 10.5 sacks, force seven fumbles and not make the Pro Bowl roster?

The Panthers may be 6-9 this season, but Charles Johnson has accounted for over 25 percent of Carolina's sack total and over half of its forced fumbles...yet, he doesn't make it to Hawaii?

The worst part of this is that the six-year pro has been doing this for years and you would think his reputation alone would boost him.


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