The rosters for the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl have been released today yet one Seattle Seahawks‘ player was left off the list which could surprise most people.
The Seahawks had a total of five players on this year’s pro bowl list for the NFC. These are the following players named for Seattle:
Running back – Marshawn Lynch
Offensive Tackle – Russell Okung
Center – Max Unger
Free Safety – Earl Thomas
Special Teams – Leon Washington
The easy pick on this list was of course Lynch who is one of the top running backs in the league only behind Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson. Lynch has had an explosive year and is quickly becoming one of the best running backs the Seahawks have ever had.
Seattle can’t have a good running game or a solid passing game without first having an offensive line. The Seahawks have had one of the best offensives line led by Okung and Unger which has landed them their nominations. With a rookie quarterback performing so well, it is important to be able to protect him and that’s what they have done.
Along with the explosive offense, the defense has been stellar all season and there are a number of names that could be added to this list and Thomas is one that deserves the mention. As far as the safety position, there is no one that has done it better than Thomas has for the Seahawks.
With a record to go along with his stats, Washington is one of the best returners in the game and gives Seattle field position and an occasional score every time he gets the ball.
Those may be the players that received a nomination but there are a number of arguments that could be made for other plays that were left out. One argument could be made for the rookie Russell Wilson but with how close all these quarterback races have been, the popularity of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took that one.
Another rookie that could have made it was linebacker Bobby Wagner who leads the team in tackles and has made a case for defensive rookie of the year.
Though an argument could have been made for these players, it is a complete surprise that cornerback Richard Sherman did not get voted into the pro bowl. The corner has been dominate every time he is on the field totaling over 60 tackles along with
seven interceptions and three forced fumbles. Sherman also recorded two touchdowns, one off of an interception and the other off a blocked field goal. Seattle’s corner deserved the nomination this season and it’s a complete surprise that he did not get the vote.