THE annual NFL Pro Bowl rosters were released yesterday and to no one’s surprise, there were a few surprises. Of course, the names that we expected to be featured made the team, but a hand full of snubs and surprise selections were the talk of the town.
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THIS year’s top vote-getter was Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who totalled over 855 thousand votes. Tom Brady (833k) was the runner-up followed by Bell’s teammate Antonio Brown (832). The first NFC representative was Carson Wentz (829) in 4th with names like Todd Gurley (693), Russell Wilson (651), Rob Gronkowski (551), DeAndre Hopkins (517), and Adam Theilen (483) featured in the list.
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JOEY Bosa polled the most vote out of all defenders with over 400,000 with the injured Ryan Shazier also voted in by the fans for a starting linebacker spot. In the NFC it comes as no surprise that Everson Griffen of the Vikings and Aaron Donald of the Rams are featured on the defensive line, with a pair of Seahawks manning the safety positions, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
IT might not be a huge shock to see both Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram on the Pro Bowl roster, but it is a special piece of history. It marks the first time in 42 years that two backs from the same team have been voted into the annual all-star game. Speaking of history they are close to becoming the first duo in NFL history to surpass 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season. Green Bay and Indianapolis aren’t as lucky with no representatives in the initial 88 man squad. It’s the first time since 2005 for the Packers and 1997 for the Colts that no-one on their roster will be Pro Bowl bound.
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SOME of the biggest snubs from the Pro Bowl rosters could still find themselves added given the number of injuries we are experiencing weekly to stars. Alex Smith was left off the team despite looking like an MVP front-runner to start the season. His peer at quarterback Case Keenum is enjoying a career year for Minnesota but didn’t get the nod over the likes of Wilson, Brees and Wentz.
THE fourth-best rusher in the league Jordan Howard shaped as the Bears only Pro Bowl hope, but again he was overlooked. From a defensive perspective Yannick Ngakoue, Julius Peppers and Cam Hayward of the Jaguars, Panthers and Steelers respectively were all noteworthy ommissions that appeared to be heading the all-star game. Again some of these ‘snubs’ could find themselves on a roster given injury replacements, but their 2017 season’s warranted selection without having to wait for a replacement nod.
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