The Pro Bowl squads were announced on Tuesday, and as usual a lot of players were very deserving. I’m not one to criticize a guy who makes the Pro Bowl, because one-third of the voting comes from the players themselves. Typically, that’s the best evaluation.
Were there some surprises? Of course. Logan Mankins made the team again. Didn’t he miss the first nine games of the season in a contract dispute? Yet, his play caught the eyes of his peers. Ed Reed returned from an injury to record six interceptions in nine games, and he was voted on before making the last two in Week 16. It just goes to show the level of respect they have around the league, in that they missed so many games but were still viewed as Pro Bowlers.
But the snub that caught my eye was Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. I’m not quite sure what else he has to do to get voted in.
Rogers has the moxy and has the numbers. What we saw against the Giants last week, when he returned from a concussion to have an outstanding game, tells us everything. The Packers lost to the Lions in Week 14 when Rogers left during the first half, but I have to think If he plays, they win that game. The Packers narrowly lost at New England the following week behind Matt Flynn, and a healthy Rogers could have changed that outcome.
Rogers does it all, and he’s had to live in the shadow of Brett Favre. He’s broken out from that, but the next step for him is to get the recognition he deserves, and that’s the Pro Bowl. I say this with no aspersions cast at the guys who did make it — Michael Vick, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan — because they’re all deserving.
But you can’t tell me Rogers shouldn’t there.