Packers Sending Two to Pro Bowl
The next time I argue that the struggles of this Packers' season are the fault of the defense, and not the quarterback, I won't use the results of the Pro Bowl voting as evidence. The Packers are sending just two players to the Pro Bowl this season and both will be starting on defense for the NFC.
At cornerback will be Charles "Chuck" Woodson. At free-saftey will be Nick Collins. Both are worthy of their starting nods, and their early season success is ultimately what got them into this game.
Not getting into the game is Aaron Rodgers, who I felt was anywhere from the 3rd to the 5th most deserving quarterback in the NFC. In the end, Kurt Warner will get the starting nod, joined by teammate starters Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Backing him up will be Eli Manning and Drew Brees.
Rodgers didn't get in, but another former Packer did. Brett Favre of the New York Jets will be an AFC reserve in this year's exhibition, although I guarantee you he doesn't make the trip. Still, it's exactly the kind of pointless ammunition Favre backers will try to use to prove why Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy are secretly trying to destroy the Packers.
Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler were the other two guys voted in as AFC quarterbacks, and it's clear Favre's nomination was more of a career nod than it was reflective of his season. I can think of a few other guys just as deserving as Favre, if not more so, to have been selected. Phillip Rivers, Matt Cassell, Chad Pennington, Ben Roethlisberger and Kerry Collins, to name a few.
You can find the complete Pro Bowls rosters here, and don't forget to join us for our annual Pro Bowl Live Blog in February! (Or the one tomorrow night, for that matter).
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