As Anthony reported earlier, six Giants have made the NFC pro bowl team, including 42 year old punter Jeff Feagles (last pro bowl appearance: 1995) and 44 year old kicker John Carney (last pro bowl appearance: 1994). However, after perusing the entire roster for both the NFC and AFC teams, I noticed that a number of deserving players were snubbed out of a trip to Hawaii. These players include, but are not limited to:
Philip Rivers (QB-SD)- Rivers is having the best season of any quarterback, there I said it. The former Giant's 101.4 QB rating leads the NFL, and no one else even has a rating of 99. Rivers and Drew Brees are tied for the NFL lead with 28 touchdowns, yet Rivers has thrown 5 less interceptions. He and fellow snub Tony Romo are tied for first with 8.23 yards per pass attempt. Brett Favre, who made it over Rivers, has almost as many interceptions as touchdowns and made it purely on his name recognition.
DeAngelo Williams (RB-CAR)- Leads the NFL with 5.5 yards per carry, .4 higher than Brandon Jacobs (who I believe should have made it if he stayed healthy all year). Williams also leads all RBs with 16 total touchdowns and probably leads the NFL in both broken tackles and in making Ronde Barber look foolish. Most impressively, he has not fumbled once all year.
Steve Slaton (RB- HOU)- How Ronnie Brown made it over Slaton, I will never know. Slaton has 1124 rush yards to Brown’s 827 and a 4.9 yards per carry to Brown’s 4.2. Slaton also has 16 more receptions and about 100 more receiving yards. I guess pro bowl voters thought that Brown’s 1 more touchdown outweighed everything else.
D’Qwell Jackson (ILB- CLE)- Leads the NFL in tackles with 136; 24 more than James Farrior, who got the reserve nod over Jackson, and 32 more than Ray Lewis, who landed the starting job (not that Lewis did not deserve it, but it is a favorable comparison for Jackson). You could argue that tackles are a bad stat to use because Cleveland is so bad that their defense is always on the field, and that they should have more tackles by default. However, no one else on Cleveland’s defense has even 80 tackles. Jackson also has 3 interceptions, to Farrior’s zero.
Calvin Johnson (WR-DET)- Johnson has racked up 1165 yards and 10 touchdowns, despite being on arguably the worst team of all time. A carousel of untalented quarter backs has not kept him from putting up great numbers, including an average of 17.9 yards per catch. But if he ever gets a competent quarter back, he could be the best receiver in the league.
Madison Hedgecock (FB-NYG)- Honestly, none of us can definitively say that Hedgecock is a better fullback than Mike Sellers. There are no stats to show who is the best blocker like there are for skill position players. But what I do know is that Hedgecock has been one of the most important parts of what has been the NFL’s best rushing attack for most of the season.
Feel free to post your own snubs in the comment section.