2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 Green Bay Packers Who Deserved To Be Selected
5 Packers That Should Be Going To Pro Bowl
The 2014 NFL Pro Bowl rosters have finally been released and boy, are the people of Green Bay, Wisconsin mad. Not only were no Green Bay Packers players named to the roster, but this was also the first time that a Packer has not made the Pro Bowl roster since 2005.
Green Bay fans took to Twitter, Facebook and any other type of social media they could get their cheese-filled hands on in order to voice their disappointment with the selections. Every fan has fair points as to why certain players should be named to the Pro Bowl, and as you look at the list of players selected for the NFC team, each one is very deserving of their nomination.
Due to Aaron Rodgers going down in the middle of the season, multiple players unfortunately lost the chance to gain valuable stats, which added to why they did not make the roster. Let it be known though that those players who rose to the occasion and stepped up definitely deserve a place at the Pro Bowl.
Packer fans can cheer up a little because rookie back Eddie Lacy was named as a first alternate, meaning that he is first in line to go to the Pro Bowl if one of the other NFC running backs makes it to the Super Bowl. It may not be a lot to cheer for, but at least some good did come from all of Lacy's hard running this season.
Seven other Green Bay players were named as alternates as well: Aaron Rodgers, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, John Kuhn, Josh Sitton, Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson.
Take a look at the slideshow and see who really should have been named to the Pro Bowl roster off the Packers and why they deserve to be there.
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5. Mason Crosby
The Packers' kicker did a compete 180 from his dreadful 2012 season during 2013. Crosby went 31-of-35 on field goals, hitting all of his extra points and even added a field goal from 57 yards. Even though he missed four field goals, voters should really take a strong look at how much of an improvement his game has taken this season. Rumors were circulating about his release early in preseason, but thanks to his cannon leg, Crosby was able to silence all doubters.
4. Jordy Nelson
Honestly, when you think of great receivers in the NFL, do you think about Jordy Nelson? In all honesty, I even forget about how talented and reliable he is for the Packers' offense. Leaving Nelson off the Pro Bowl roster was probably one of the bigger snubs of the 2014 voting process. Nelson has 75 receptions, 1,153 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, and he also averages 15.4 yards per catch. Mr. Reliable definitely deserves a place on the 2014 Pro Bowl team. He will have his chance to prove voters wrong this Sunday against the Chicago Bears in a must-win game for Green Bay.
3. Tramon Williams
Tramon Williams came into the 2013 season with a lot to prove to Packer fans and he did so extremely well throughout the season. So far, Williams has topped his numbers from last season in tackles (77), sacks (2.5) and interceptions (3). Being one of the core members of the Green Bay secondary, Williams has been called on more than once to step up and be the shutdown corner that fans know him to be.
2. A.J. Hawk
Just like Williams, A.J. Hawk had a lot to prove coming into the 2013 season. Since the very first snap on defense this season, Hawk has brought the pain in each and every play. Currently on pace to break his single-season tackle record (120), Hawk has 116 going into Sunday’s matchup against the Bears, a game where he should have no problem recording five tackles to break his personal record. With the numerous injuries happening all around the Packers' defense, Hawk has done his absolute best to keep the defense together and still puts up big-time numbers. The only complaint about Hawk’s game is how he manages to lose his helmet at least two times a game ... it is like he does not even bother buckling it before snaps.
1. Eddie Lacy
Thankfully for Lacy, his injury issues going into 2013 never looked like it bothered him. If you take away the concussion early in the season, Lacy has had one monumental season, especially for him only being a rookie. By far one of the biggest snubs of the 2014 Pro Bowl voting, Lacy has literally placed the city of Green Bay on his back and has carried them all the way to the NFC North Championship game. Going along with this impressive feat, Lacy has totaled 1,112 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He currently holds all of the Green Bay rookie rushing records on top of all his other successes this season. Lacy could still see action in the Pro Bowl as he is listed as the first alternate for the NFC.