When the Pro Bowl roster was announced this past Friday evening, not only did the voters deny the future Hall-of-Famer tight end Tony Gonzalez from making his 14 Pro Bowl appearance, but there will be nobody to represent the Atlanta Falcons at all in Hawaii after five were selected to go just one year ago.
The fact that not a single Falcons’ player was selected to a trip to the Pro Bowl truly mirrors the type of season they have endured, in which they miserably failed to live up to the high expectations people had for them coming into what was supposedly a Super Bowl bound year. Instead of fighting for home court advantage for the playoffs, the Falcons have been fighting to position themselves for a high draft pick, as they will miss the playoffs after being just 10 yards shy of making it to the Super Bowl last year.
In 2012, Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, William Moore, Julio Jones and Thomas DeCoud represented the Falcons in Hawaii. For Gonzalez, this will be the first time that he was not named a Pro Bowler after coming over to the Falcons three seasons ago.
As injuries continued to plague the Falcons since the beginning of the year, the Falcons were unable to hit their stride and their top-flight offense was stalled. With their current record at 4-11, zero Falcons making the trip to Hawaii paraphrases the frustration and disappointment the Falcons have had to withstand the entire year.
Although many were shocked to learn that Gonzalez was not unanimously named to this 14th Pro Bowl in 17 years, outside of their outstanding tight end, nobody was deserving to be selected in a forgettable season.