There was really only one New York Giants player who could have been in the Pro Bowl conversation and, at least for now, that is as far as he will go. Veteran safety Antrel Rolle was left off the initial Pro Bowl roster which was announced yesterday.
Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, both from the Seattle Seahawks, were the two safeties selected to represent the NFC. Both players have had exceptional years and Thomas could be a serious candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. However, Rolle’s resume is about as good as anyone’s in the NFL. The problem is that his outstanding performance this season has been overshadowed by New York’s struggles as a team.
Rolle got off to a slow start, but hit his stride towards the middle of the season. The nine-year veteran recorded four interceptions over the course of five games. He is currently tied for second in the NFL with six, which is also the most among safeties.
Rolle’s impact on the Giants cannot be understated. He keeps his mouth running, but his performance almost always backs it up. As a captain, Rolle’s leadership and play out on the field pulled the Giants from the grave and kept them alive in a playoff race that they should have had no part of. New York was simply a poor team this season, but it’s even scarier to imagine where they would have been without Rolle.
The safety still has a chance to make the final roster. Players usually drop out for a variety of reasons, and players on teams headed to the Super Bowl do not participate. Considering the fact that Seattle is the favorite to make the Super Bowl, the NFC may eventually be looking for two new safeties. Even if Rolle is among the players on the final roster, he should’ve been able to pack his bag for Hawaii this weekend.