How Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown of the New York Giants didn’t make the 2013 Pro Bowl doesn’t make sense. The three safeties chosen were Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner of the San Francisco 49ers and Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks. The fans voted for Goldson and Whitner. Let’s see how each compare with Rolle.
Goldson: 67 Tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions
Whitner: 78 Tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception
Thomas: 63 Tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions
Rolle: 90 tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions
Brown: 70 tackles, two forced fumbles and seven interceptions
Rolle plays linebacker and nickel corner for this defense and Brown leads all safeties and is tied for second in the league in interceptions. In the Giants win against the Green Bay Packers, at a time when they were up in the division, Rolle shut down Randall Cobb. Not many guys can say that they did that this year. The fact that the Giants didn’t make the playoffs hurt their pro bowl chances without a doubt.
The Pro Bowl doesn’t matter that much, considering half the guys who get picked don’t go so Brown and Rolle could still get picked. I’m sure some players care that they get picked and some have bonuses in their contracts based on being named to the Pro Bowl.
The fact is, either Rolle or Brown should have been picked for the game. Brown is a fourth alternate and Rolle isn’t even an alternate. That puzzles me.