Reviewing the 6 Biggest Pro Bowl Snubs
Every year it's the same story.
Player X should have earned a trip to the NFL Pro Bowl, but Player Y got his free ride to Hawaii because of having a popular name.
It's not fair, but it is what it is.
Injuries and the Super Bowl have brought new life for some of these unfortunate snubs that we're talking about.
All in all, a lot of justice has been done to make up for these initial snubs.
Let's take a look at a group of guys who weren't fortunate enough to crack their conference Pro Bowl roster even after the changes were made.
6. Janoris Jenkins, CB, St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams looked like a completely different team under new coach Jeff Fisher. Part of that is due to their brand new cornerbacks, Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan.
Unfortunately for Jenkins, his huge rookie season that included four defensive touchdowns (three from interceptions, one fumble return touchdown) wasn't enough to get him recognized as one of the conference's elite.
If Richard Sherman didn't do enough, it's understandable why Jenkins is on the outside looking in here, too.
More on Sherman later.
Jenkins did it all. He was an active tackler, finishing with 73 total stops, and also defensed 14 passes and intercepted four. Three of those passes he returned for touchdowns and racked up 150 return yards in the process.
There's no denying the drastic impact Jenkins had on his team. That alone is enough to make him a Pro Bowl snub.
5. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant finished fourth in receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns in the NFC but will not be representing the NFC in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.
This one is a tough one to swallow, considering the well-rounded resume Bryant made for himself this season. He was flashy but also sound fundamentally and played at the top of his game for much of the year.
Sure, he disappeared at times, but the end result is irrefutable.
Bryant also finished in a tie with Roddy White for the third-most receptions by a receiver in the NFC.
The stats are there and his performance and ability on the field speaks for itself.
What's a guy like Bryant supposed to do in order to get recognized for being one of the best in the game at his position?
4. Mike Pouncey, C, Miami Dolphins
Human error may have accounted for Maurkice Pouncey's Pro Bowl selection over brother Mike Pouncey. Each one is definitely an important piece to his respective team's puzzle, but the Miami Dolphins leaned heavily on their Pouncey (Mike) this season.
He was better than his brother, who blocked for Ben Roethlisberger and a rushing attack that limped its way through the season.
All in all, Mike Pouncey was definitely the better of the two. Without his coming of age in his second season, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's rookie season would have been much, much more difficult.
His older brother has been in the league longer and got the nod due to reputation, but his day will come, even though he deserved it this year.
Well, if there is a Pro Bowl in the future, that is.
3. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White and Julio Jones are the thunder and lightning combination that sparked an offensive outburst by the Atlanta Falcons this season. Both receivers went over the 1,000-yard mark and impressed with their ability to make big plays in big situations.
Jones had more touchdowns, but that's where the advantage stops.
Whenever the Falcons needed a big play, White was the guy they turned to. Jones is certainly explosive and had a breakout season, but White is the seasoned veteran and most consistent option for Matt Ryan.
When he needed a first down?
He went to White.
Need a miraculous big play to get back into contention in the waning moments of the game?
Say it with me: Ryan went to White.
What would have been wrong by adding both of these excellent receivers to the Pro Bowl? What's that? Nothing, you say?
2. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers
Eric Weddle has the name recognition that should have earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl. Not only is he a bigger name guy, but he's living up to that name on the gridiron.
Somehow, the San Diego Chargers safety got even better this season after signing a big paycheck during the 2011 offseason. Unfortunately, he wasn't rewarded for it with a trip to the league's All-Star game.
For argument's sake, Weddle finished with three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also finished 25th in the NFL in overall tackles.
But that isn't where he impressed the most. Quarterbacks had issues throwing in his direction, accumulating just 136 passing yards and a 42.6 passer rating all season against him.
Buffalo's Jairus Byrd was scooped up in a replacement role onto the AFC's Pro Bowl team. He had a fine season, too, but if anyone should have been added it should have been Weddle, the conference's top safety.
1. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
Cornerbacks are a hot commodity in the NFC this season, but that doesn't mean one of the best in the game shouldn't get his first trip to Hawaii.
The NFL Pro Bowl is a popularity contest, and Richard Sherman has lost. Sure, Tim Jennings and Patrick Peterson definitely had good seasons, but neither was as dominant as Sherman. He was the best player on the field each week for a good Seattle Seahawks defense.
That helped him lead the NFC in pass deflections with 24 and nearly top the conference with eight interceptions. That's just one less than Chicago Bears CB Jennings and one more than Peterson.
For some reason, teams threw at Sherman to test the imposing 6'3" corner. He responded by locking down his man all season and won't get rewarded for it.
Cornerback is deep in the NFC, yes, but it isn't a legitimate grouping with the best player at the position watching from home.