The NFL announced this year’s Pro Bowl rosters on Wednesday night, and as with any All-Star voting there is much debate over who was deserving and who got snubbed. The Pro Bowl is a bit different though, as many players choose not to go or can’t go as a member of a Super Bowl team. As those situations shake out players that were also deserving, but may have only been elected as alternates, will get the chance to go to Hawaii in their stead.
Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan has been one of the key components of an offensive line that has helped running back Adrian Peterson have one of the best rushing yardage totals in league history this season. He is also regarded widely as one of the top centers in the league, let alone in the NFC, while Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday earned a Pro Bowl nod despite being benched recently.
Saturday likely earned the honor based largely on his body of work over his first 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, and his five Pro Bowl selections earned during that time will look good on his Hall of Fame resume’ when it comes time for those voters to consider him. Pro Bowl voting is weighted equally among fans, coaches and players, but those that voted clearly missed the boat in picking Saturday over Sullivan based on each guy’s play in 2012.
I think it’s possible Saturday, even if the Packers do not reach the Super Bowl, will simply decide not to go to the Pro Bowl since he was benched by his own team. He could also cite an injury he is dealing with as a reason to pass on the honor, which would allow Sullivan the chance to be a Pro Bowler as the first alternate at center for the NFC. At that point justice would be served.