A favorite pastime after the Pro Bowl rosters are released every year is the never-ending search for the snubs. Which players were deserving and left off? Who got into the Pro Bowl but didn’t deserve it? How can we, as fans, create a better roster than the NFL released?
Oddly enough, this year it’s tough to find worthy candidates that were left off. It seems, on the surface, like the NFL got this one right. There are a few minor misses, but with a roster so loaded, it’s hard to get every single thing right. Besides, with Pro Bowlers from Super Bowl teams unable to play in this year’s edition, plenty of worthy candidates will become last-minute editions as the alternates are added.
Who were a few players that didn’t make the cut, but have stood out this season?
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers tight end: Davis was snubbed in favor of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. Across the board, Davis is a better tight end. 818 yards to 603; six touchdowns to five; 15.4 yards per catch to 9.4. Davis deserved to be in the Pro Bowl.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback: This is a tough one. Rodgers is having a great year, but is a victim of a loaded crop of NFC quarterbacks. Ahead of him, Michael Vick will start, with Matt Ryan and Drew Brees serving as the backups. As the first alternate, odds are Rodgers will find his way into the Pro Bowl before all is said and done.
Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders return specialist: Ford has been a game-breaking return-man in 2010, taking three kickoffs to the house. His electrifying speed and ability to break a kick at any moment, along with those three touchdowns, make him a minor snub in the scheme of it all.