Lo and behold, the lone bright spot to the New York Giants‘ 2013 NFL season happened on Friday afternoon when safety Antrel Rolle was selected to the All-Pro Second Team, and deservedly so. Throughout the season, the only playmaker that decided to show up each and every Sunday was Rolle, and he has the stats to prove it. In the 16 games this year, Rolle compiled 98 combined tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, six interceptions, and 12 passes defended.
With those contributions on the field, it would be assumed that Rolle would be heading to Hawaii in January to compete in the annual Pro Bowl. However, Rolle was snubbed of a spot on the roster to safeties Eric Berry, Kam Chancellor, and Troy Polamalu. You could certainly argue that Rolle had the better season than all three of these players as he almost single-handedly carried the Giants defense to a “respectable” 7-9 record.
He did, however, benefit from the early season acquisition of Jon Beason, a linebacker that has been considered the best at his position in the past but was hampered by injury the past couple of seasons. During his arrival in New York, Beason played his once inspired, hard-nosed football that stopped the run and forced the opposition to pass the football which opened up big numbers for Rolle.
It is nice to see that at least something came out of this season as no Giants were selected to this year’s Pro Bowl and the team failed to qualify for postseason play. Congratulations to Antrel Rolle on the selection.