NFL: The 5 Biggest AFC Pro Bowl Snubs

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IIDecember 28, 2011

NFL: The 5 Biggest AFC Pro Bowl Snubs

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    There is always controversy surrounding the Pro Bowl selections, as there should be. This season is no different. I've picked out the five guys whom I think got snubbed the most in 2011, with one pretty obvious omission in my opinion. Feel free to let me know who you agree on and who you think I got wrong.

    Here are the guys who I thought should have made it in the AFC.

    Also check out my five biggest NFC snubs.

No. 5: Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

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    It's not often that a rookie quarterback leads a young team into playoff contention, but that's exactly what Andy Dalton did this season. His Bengals are 9-6 and have had to play the Ravens and Steelers twice each. Philip Rivers arguably had one of the worst seasons of his career, while the redhead could end up leading his team to a 10-6 record in his rookie campaign.

No. 4: Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers

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    I won't say that the four receivers selected don't deserve to go to Hawaii, but so does Vincent Jackson. He's been dealing with injuries the whole season and has still put up stellar numbers. His 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns are both better than A.J. Green.

No. 3: Brian Cushing, LB, Houston Texans

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    Just because Ray Lewis has been around forever and had a great career doesn't mean he needs to make the Pro Bowl every season, especially when he's been injured. Cushing is the leader of a revamped Texans defense that has helped the team to their first playoff appearance. He deserves a Pro Bowl spot over Ray Lewis and Derrick Johnson.

No. 2: D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Cleveland Browns

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    Again, Ray Lewis does not deserve to go to the Pro Bowl this season. Give a spot to another consistent veteran who deserves it. Jackson is second in the NFL in tackles in 2011 and has been underrated his whole career.

No. 1: Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots

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    Sure, the Patriots season was all about Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski. But Hernandez had a better season than Antonio Gates and his team is going to the playoffs. The Patriots had the two best tight ends in the AFC this season. Gates is a consistent veteran who has accomplished a lot in his career, but the 2011 Pro Bowl tight ends should have both been Patriots.