Everybody knows that when the NFL announces their Pro Bowl rosters, there are going to be a fair share of snubs and some unworthy selections, and this year is no different.
In many cases, snubs come about because a worthy player doesn’t get the publicity of more popular, but inferior, players. Often times, younger players miss out on the Pro Bowl simply because they’re not very well known yet.
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson had an outstanding breakout 2012 season, but was egregiously snubbed from the AFC Pro Bowl roster when the teams were announced Wednesday evening.
In Wilkerson’s case, he doesn’t quite have the name recognition of guys like J.J. Watt and Cameron Wake, two guys who are certainly worthy of their selections. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for “Beast Mo.”
What really hurt Wilkerson is not only that he’s a 23-year-old second-year player, but that the Pro Bowl rosters lump 3-4 defensive ends and 4-3 defensive ends together, even though they are distinctively different positions.
Wilkerson was omitted from the roster in favor of Elvis Dumervil, who made the team based on reputation and not his play. Wilkerson outplayed Dumervil by a mile. And no 3-4 DE, other than Watt, played nearly as well as Wilkerson.
Even more absurd is the fact that Wilkerson is not even a Pro Bowl alternate. That’s just a slap in the face.
Wilkerson is a tremendous talent, and it’s a damn shame that NFL fans, players and coaches alike were unable to recognize a dominant season from a emerging superstar, regardless of the position pigeon-holing.
Like every year, Pro Bowl rosters will be littered with undeserving players like Dumervil, while guys like Wilkerson get shafted. The world keeps on turning, and regardless, the Jets are thankful to have Wilkerson for years to come.