It was a bad week for the Pro Bowl.
Green Bay’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who hereafter shall be known as “the Golden Arm of the North” due to his dazzling performance in the Georgia Dome this past Saturday, was not even one of the three NFC quarterbacks invited to the NFL All-Star game.
On the other side of the ball, cornerback Tramon Williams—who was also snubbed—continued to expound on his standout regular season with two more interceptions, including a game-changing pick-six right before halftime.
When taking a look at Rodgers’ regular season performance (and his subsequent tear through the first two games of the playoffs), it is pretty tough to see how he was overlooked. Following a Pro Bowl season in 2009, Rodgers stormed through 2010 with 28 touchdown passes to only 11 interceptions and owned a 101.2 passer rating, best in the NFC.
Add to that the fact that Rodgers holds the NFL records for career passer rating both in the regular season (98.4) and in the postseason (129.4), and it’s safe to say that Rodgers has vaulted himself into elite status. For him not to be recognized with a second straight trip to Hawaii is criminal.
Flip to the defensive side. After outplaying fellow teammate Charles Woodson (last year’s league defensive MVP, mind you) all season and collecting a career-high six interceptions, Tramon Williams was not granted a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Like Rodgers, Williams has turned up his game in the postseason, making a game-ending interception against Philadelphia and two athletic picks this past week against Atlanta. Williams also shows off his abilities returning punts for the green and gold.
Everybody knows that the Pro Bowl voting system is not a completely fair process, and the list of players selected should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, to not include Rodgers and Williams in a game the NFL promotes as including the league’s upper echelon of athletes is criminal. Maybe the Packers' teammates can get the last laugh in Dallas on February 6.