After the initial Pro Bowl rosters were released at the end of December, New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle took to Twitter to express his disgust on being overlooked. His argument was rock solid considering his performance kept the Giants alive longer than they should have been.
Any lingering ill feelings from Rolle may have evaporated yesterday when he was named to the final Pro Bowl roster in the place of Seattle’s Earl Thomas, who will be enjoying Super Bowl festivities for the next two weeks.
The selection marks Rolle’s third career Pro Bowl appearance and his second as a New York Giant. He made the trip to Hawaii in 2010, after his first season in New York. One year before that in 2009, Rolle was honored as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
Rolle got off to a slow start in 2013 but he was able to flip a switch and turn in one of the best years of his nine-year career. Rolle finished the season with a career-high six interceptions, which tied for second in the NFL and was good enough for first among safeties. He also led the Giants in tackles with 98 and recorded two sacks on the year. After a season littered with disappointments for the New York Giants, Rolle will be the team’s sole representative in Hawaii.
There has been talk of Rolle being a cap casualty in the offseason due to the money he is set to make next season. Rolle has already said that he would be open for renegotiating his contract, which is good news for the Giants. It would be devastating to lose a player of his caliber and the leadership skills that Rolle brings to the table.