Tuesday evening the NFL announced its selections for the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl. Remarkably the 12-3 New Orleans Saints were only awarded five selections onto the team, whereas a fellow 12-3 team—the San Francisco 49ers—were awarded eight spots in the All-Star game.
By now it's little surprise that the Saints are under-appreciated by fans and the media. But the players and coaches' votes seemed to only hurt Saints players, and not help their cause.
The Saints got obvious selections in the form of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans, and gained a surprising selection in the form of left tackle Jermon Bushrod.
And that was it. There are five players who were clearly deserving of spots who did not gain them, and here they are.