Yesterday, the NFL released the rosters for the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams. The Baltimore Ravens lead the way with twelve players elected to the team. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering they’re the best team in the AFC but it’s still impressive. Lamar Jackson was named the starting quarterback with Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson also named for the AFC. For the NFC, the New Orleans Saints lead the way with seven players named. Drew Brees was named one of the quarterbacks with Aaron Rodgers but Russel Wilson will be the starter.
Here are the full list of results.
As much of an honor those elected should feel, it’s time to remind people that the Pro Bowl actually doesn’t matter. For the New England Patriots, this year only three players were elected: Stephon Gilmore, Dont’a Hightower and Matthew Slater. This didn’t seem to be enough for most Patriots fans however. Actually, it wasn’t enough for the Patriots players either.
Patriots Linebacker Kyle Van Noy took to Twitter last night to voice is displeasure for him and some of his other teammates not making the team. Now maybe he’s right, maybe him and these other players deserved to be on the team. Or maybe, he was just looking to get more retweets for his Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Whatever it is, him and everyone else should not be offended by not making this list.
The reason why? The Pro Bowl, and every other game like it in the other major sports, is just a popularity contest. Let’s be honest, when people vote for the Pro Bowl, they’re not looking at the stats to figure out who the best players at each position are. They just vote for their favorite players. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, you should be able to vote for your favorite player. Just don’t take it personally when they don’t make it.
You can tweet about the fact that Julien Edelman has had 92 catches for over 1000 yards this year already and therefore deserves it over other players all you want. Just remember that next year when the Pro Bowl voting takes place and actually vote for him.
Besides, one of the best things about the Patriots is that usually, when the Pro Bowl happens, they’re too busy to play in it. Of course, the Patriots playing in the Super Bowl isn’t looking so good right now. However they’re still in a good enough position that the fans and especially the players should be more focused on getting there than a meaningless game where they’d only play a quarter of the snaps anyways.
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