The Pro Bowl and other All-Star events have become jokes in respective sports. Veterans didn't want to make the trip and risk getting injured. The game has seemingly lost it's appeal to everyone except the die-hard fans. Fans like us that get excited seeing Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner in the backfield at the same time.
To save the NFL Pro Bowl, this community needs to flood the ballot box and elect players to the pro bowl based on two criteria.
1. On The Field Performance
Presenting the players you must vote for to make the NFL Pro Bowl the best event possible.
Sorry to disappoint you and I'm sure they appreciate the votes but the reality will be that these teams get deep into the playoffs and decline the Pro Bowl invitation anyway. It's like voting for a President, that doesn't want to move to Washington DC. Why bother? This year vote for :
NFC - Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford
AFC - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco
Alternatives : Michael Vick, Phillip Rivers, Shaun Hill, Jon Kitna
My favorite Dark Horse candidate is Tarvaris Jackson. Nobody has handled QB controversy better in the last three seasons. When most players demand to start or be traded, he has handled Minnesota's Favre-mania with class.
It's never easy to select running backs, they get the stardom while the offensive line does the dirty work. This year shouldn't be about sweeps and tosses to the outside. If the pro bowl is going to be played properly, we need backs that will take it up the middle.
NFC - Ryan Torain, LeGarrette Blount,
AFC - Peyton Hillis, Arian Foster
I discount points for players with celebrity status, but LaDainian Tomlinson has been playing lights out and has earned his pro bowl votes.
Alternative votes: LaDainian Tomlinson, Danny Woodhead, Ahmad Bradshaw, Steven Jackson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden
Sticking with our goal of putting fresh faces into the Pro Bowl, these selections shouldn't surprise you.
NFC - Danny Amendola, Dez Bryant, Mike Williams (Tampa Bay), DeSean Jackson
AFC - Steve Johnson, Louis Murphy, Mike Wallace, Dexter McCluster
Alternatives : Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas, David Gettis
This sucks but you can only add one fullback representative for the NFC and AFC. So I will take liberty and place them with the tight ends.
Mike Sellers and Mike Tolbert
NFC - Vernon Davis, Brandon Pettigrew
AFC - Marcedes Lewis, Zach Miller (Raiders)
Alternatives: Based on performance, we must mention Antonio Gates and Aaron Hernandez are also Pro Bowl worthy.
The NFL wants you to select the best tackles, the best guards and the best center. The problem with this strategy is that offensive line is rarely based on individual performances. If there's one area that emphasizes team play it's your five offensive linemen. Teams with a poor offensive line can't open holes for the running backs or pass protect long enough to get the ball down field.
In the sake of providing the best possible game, these positions should be nominated in as a unit. Statistically, the Colts, Giants and Patriots lead the league with the lowest amount of sacks allowed. They will probably have deep playoff runs, so our following suggestions are:
NFC - St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings & Tampa Bay Buccaneers
AFC - Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns & Miami Dolphins
Coming soon. The Defense & Special Team Selections.