It’s that time of year for the annual farce that is the announcement of the Pro Bowl squads, you know that list which tends to get a bit boring after you have voted for your favourite quarterback or running back.
The list where people will vote for players where they recognise the names (in the majority of cases) as opposed to researching every player in every position.
Lets be honest how many of you can honestly say you can name all 32 number one special teams gunners. Hence the reason why Brendon Ayanbadejo has reached his third consecutive Pro Bowl. He may well deserve his place, but I am sure there are many other gunners that have shown a similar set of qualities but have absolutely no media profile.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that the squads are announced with two full weeks of games still to play.
So with the starter and backups announced NFLFANINENGLAND would like to announce their own Pro Bowl reject players overlooked, snubbed, and not shown any love, that deserve a big ol hug.
(All stats after just 14 games)
Matt Forte – Running Back – Chicago Bears – 1,115 yards rushing, 58 catches 424 yards – 11 tds – Forte has BEEN the Bears since Week 1 and without him the team look empty. When you talk about Pro Bowls you should be talking about the most VALUABLE players not the most popular ones. Forte has over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and he is only a rookie. This guy is the heartbeat of the team and should be in Honolulu in a few months.
Chad Pennington – Quarterback – Miami Dolphins – 3,218 yards 14 tds 6 ints and 0 lost fumbles – Pennington has turned the squished fish into the pride of Florida, steering his team to a 9-5 record – not that bad, but when you consider the team was 1-15 last season it is again an MVP type performance that should be recognised by ladies in hula skirts. Pennington is criticised for not throwing the deep ball, but he is accurate as hell – 66.3% in 2008.
Barrett Ruud – Inside Linebacker – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 117 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions – The Buccs have shown that their defense is yet again tough as old boots, and Ruud is becoming one of the top inside linebackers rather quietly. He stands behind the personalities of Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks, but in 2008 he has come out of their shadow and is becoming a leader that deserved a little more sunshine in Feb.
John Abraham – Defensive End – Atlanta Falcons – 15.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles – It may have been the Matt Ryan show and to some degree the Michael Turner coming out party, but one of the main reason the ‘Clean’ Birds are not going to the dogs is Mr Abraham, who has had his best sack season in his NFL career. Show him a Hawaii invite, ah go oh.
More to come – I have Heroes to watch !