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NFL Lines - The Pro Bowl Is B.S.

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 1/4/2012 5:59:01 PM

The NFL lines Pro Bowl is B.S. and it always will be until fan voting doesn't account for 1/3 of the decision process.

The current Pro Bowl selection committee consists of coaches, players, and fans with each group accounting for 1/3 of the votes.

Pro Bowl Voting Problems: Large Market Teams & Marquee Player Names

The issue is, that teams in large markets (i.e. Dallas Cowboys) or players that are well-known (i.e. Dwight Freeney, who recorded just 7.5 sacks and 18 tackles in the 2011-12 NFL lines season) typically get into the Pro Bowl via huge support from their fans.

Case in point, Washington Redskins Hall of Fame running back John Riggins made just one Pro Bowl in his 15 year career, including being left off the roster when he set the single-season record for rushing touchdowns in 1983.

Riggins bruising running style was not too attractive and could have been one reason he never got the Pro Bowl cred he deserved but he also played in Washington which, although dedicated, is a relatively small market compared to other NFL teams.

Solution: 3rd Graders Voting Group

Every year there are guys that should be making the Pro Bowl and they don't due to a flawed selection system. One way to fix it: the NFL could add a few 3rd graders as a voter group and put the season statistics in front of them.

At least a 3rd grader would know that Matthew Stafford had a ridiculous season and should go to Hawaii based on his performance.

Stafford: Biggest Pro Bowl Snub

Admittedly, Stafford's huge year was overshadowed by the numbers that Brady, Brees, and Rodgers put together but the Lions QB still orchestrated a tremendous season.

Stafford threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns, leading the Lions to their first playoff berth since 1999 (which alone, probably deserves a Pro Bowl appearance).

Passing for 5,000 yards in a season is too rare of an accomplishment to not reward. There's only been 5 NFL quarterbacks all-time that have passed for 5,000-plus yards in a season.

A 3rd grader would also send Victor Cruz (1,536 yards, 9 touchdowns) and Jordy Nelson (1,263 yards, 15 touchdowns) to the first Pro Bowls of their careers but if there is one player that has to be considered one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs of all-time, it would be Stafford.

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