2012 Pro Bowl Roster: Frank Gore and Pro Bowl Snubs Waiting to Happen

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sideline during their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on November 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Just as Aaron Rodgers was snubbed from the Pro Bowl festivities a season ago, there will be a few superstars left in the cold that leave fans scratching their heads.

Take Frank Gore for example. He's the best offensive weapon on a 13-3 team, he's got 1,202 yards on the ground and he's found the end zone eight times.

Still, LeSean McCoy is a Pro Bowl lock, and though Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte have fallen to injury, Michael Turner has comparable stats and could easily take over the No. 2 spot, and Marshawn Lynch's six 100-yard games in his last eight outings and nine TDs in that span will weigh heavily on the minds of voters.

He's not the only star who is going to be left out in the cold, either. Here are two other snubs waiting to happen.


Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees should be co-MVPs. They are both locks for the Pro Bowl after putting forth historic seasons and putting their team in Super Bowl contention.

Cam Newton has rushed for a quarterback-record 14 touchdowns, and he'll finish with well over 4,000 passing yards on the season. He's having the best rookie season for a QB in the history of the NFL, and he's more than deserving of a spot as well.

One more spot will likely be opened up with Rodgers or Brees participating in the Super Bowl, and Matthew Stafford is the most likely candidate to assume that spot.

Stafford has 10 more touchdowns than Eli Manning, and while Manning doesn't have Megatron at his disposal, that won't weigh into the minds of voters.


London Fletcher, MLB, Washington Redskins

The snub of the year should be called the "London Fletcher Award."

The undersized linebacker is overlooked in the voting year in and year out, and though he's been selected before, this will be yet another year in which he fails to make the team.

He's leading the league in tackles, he's a diamond in the rough on a struggling team and he's forced five turnovers this season, but more high-profile middle linebackers will force him to be kicked to the curb.

Patrick Willis has been injured, but he was on pace to take home Defensive Player of the Year honors before he went down and has the numbers and big name to propel him into the Pro Bowl.

Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk have the luxury of playing for the Packers, whose fans stuff ballots better than any team in the NFL, as the ridiculous amount of Packers who are going to be selected to the Pro Bowl is evidence of.

Brian Urlacher has a serious shot at overtaking one of the two Packers and snagging the third spot, but unless the Packers break into the Super Bowl, Fletcher is going to be left out of the festivities once again.