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NFL Pro Bowl Voting 2012: 3 Big-Name Players That Fans Snubbed

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints after defeating the Minnesota Vikings on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2011

Getting worked up about who is playing in the Pro Bowl is pointless because the players could care less about the game. But when you look at the actual voting to determine who is going to start the game, there are always things that could have been done differently. 

Unlike Major League Baseball's All-Star voting, NFL fans actually pay attention to which players are having the best seasons and don't just vote for whoever they saw voted into the game last year. 

But not everything that they do is right. In fact, some voting irregularities deserve to be corrected. Here are the players who should have gotten more love at the ballot box.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

It was going to take a miracle for anyone to beat Aaron Rodgers as the top quarterback in the NFC, but Brees is actually having a miraculous season. 

The Saints quarterback is going to shatter Dan Marino's record for most passing yards in a season (5,084) and is going to finish the year with the best completion percentage in NFL history.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Imag
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Rodgers isn't exactly chopped liver, with 40 touchdowns and 4,360 yards. But he has not dominated games the way that Brees has from start to finish. 

He finished third in the overall voting, behind Rodgers and Tom Brady, so it's not like he was a forgotten man. But looking at them objectively, I would say that Brees is more deserving of being the top quarterback in the NFC. 

 

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB Jacksonville Jaguars

Playing in Jacksonville is not going to help a player get a lot of national recognition, but Jones-Drew is having a great year for a team that does nothing to help him. 

He leads the NFL in rushing yards with 1,334 so far. He averages 4.6 yards per carry with seven touchdowns. The rest of the team has combined to put up 15 touchdowns. 

No one player has been asked to do more with less around him than MJD, and he deserves to be the starting running back in the AFC, ahead of Arian Foster. 

 

David Akers, K, San Francisco 49ers

Yes, I am considering a kicker a big-name player because of how important this one has been to his team's success. 

I know that no one likes kickers, but how do you vote for anyone other than Akers in the NFC? Mason Crosby is good, but he has not had the kind of season that the 49ers kicker has had. 

Akers has made 38 field goals and scored 143 points so far this season. He has made 86.4 percent of his kicks with 18 more attempts than Crosby. 

He does have a built-in advantage because of how bad the 49ers have been in the red zone, but that's not his fault. He just does his job when he is asked to, and is doing it as well as anyone in the league right now.

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