Tim Tebow and Other Deserving AFC Pro Bowl Skill-Position Players

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterbacks Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos meet at midfield after the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 41-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I'm excluding the offensive linemen here, sorry guys.

Offense

Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England Patriots; Ben Roethlisberger; Pittsburgh Steelers; Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos

Tebow doesn't have the most attractive statistics, but no one can argue with the one stat that really matters—seven wins and three losses.

Running Back: Arian Foster, Houston Texans; Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars; Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

MJD hasn't been getting the credit he deserves. If Fred Jackson or Darren McFadden had stayed healthy, I might have given one of them the nod over Rice.

Fullback: Vonta Leach, Baltimore Ravens

Leach paves the way wherever he goes. He deserves another trip to Hawaii.

Wide Receiver: Wes Welker, New England Patriots; Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers; Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers; A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Welker is really the only pick I'm comfortable with here. Wallace and Jackson are two of a handful of AFC wide receivers with over 1,000 receiving yards and eight or more touchdowns. Green, a rookie, has tallied over 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27:  (L-R) Rob Gronkowski #87 and Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots react after Gronkowski caught a 24-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on N
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Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots; Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

These were the easiest choices so far.

Defense

Defensive End: Andre Carter, New England Patriots; Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts

What?! A Patriots defensive player in the Pro Bowl?!  He won't be my only defensive Patriot either...

Defensive Tackle: Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals; Ahtyba Rubin, Cleveland Browns

Ngata anchors a defensive line that has allowed the fewest rushing yards in the AFC. Atkins and Rubin lead the conference in sacks and tackles, respectively.

Inside Linebacker: Brian Cushing, Houston Texans; D'Qwell Jackson, Cleveland Browns

Cushing is the leader of a much improved Houston defense and Jackson is a tackling machine, leading the AFC in the category. Pat Angerer is a very close third.

Outside Linebacker: Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens; Von Miller, Denver Broncos; Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs

These picks were fairly easy in my opinion, although Miller's teammate, D.J. Williams, is also deserving.

Cornerback: Darrelle Revis, New York Jets; Jonathan Joseph, Houston Texans; Kyle Arrington, New England Patriots

Joseph is arguably the best defensive back in a Houston secondary that is second in the NFL against the pass.

Strong Safety: Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers

Who else?

Free Safety: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers; Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis Colts

I understand the Colts defense is on the field a lot, but Bethea is fourth in all of football with 129 tackles on the season. He's a safety for crying out loud!

Here are my 2011 NFL Awards.

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