NFL Pro Bowl 2013: Players Who Will Be Snubbed from Starting Lineups

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 23:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots attempts a pass during the game at EverBank Field on December 23, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 25, 2012

The 2013 NFL Pro Bowl will likely go down as it has every season before it: a popularity contest in the voting ballots followed by lackadaisical performances on the field.

Every season, fans see a handful of players who deserve to start the NFL's version of an all-star game, yet voters ruin any chance of seeing the best players on the field at the same time.

You can expect the same thing to happen in 2013.

Here are three players who will be snubbed from starting the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.

 

Tom Brady

Brady has more yards and a better touchdown-to-interceptions ratio, yet Peyton Manning will likely get the start for the AFC squad in the Pro Bowl.

According to NFL.com, Manning received more votes than Brady for the Hawaii classic.

Don't get me wrong, Manning is undoubtedly deserving of the starting quarterback spot in the Pro Bowl, but Brady is more deserving.

With Rob Gronkowski missing a handful of games, Manning has more weapons to utilize in the passing game than Brady does.

I'm happy with either elite QB starting, but I feel that Brady deserves it more.


A.J. Green

Green has been one of the most thrilling and effective wideouts in the AFC this season, but he'll likely be shafted when it comes to a Pro Bowl start.

He's tied for the lead in the AFC in touchdown receptions (11), but he has just Andre Johnson ahead of him in terms of receiving yards.

Despite Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker having more receptions in the AFC than Green, the Bengals' wideout has been the definition of a No. 1 receiver in Cincinnati.

Each of these wide receivers have been excellent in a specific category, but it's hard to argue with 11 touchdown receptions and 1,300-plus yards.

 

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez has been one of the best tight ends in football this season, but he likely won't be the starting tight end for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

Overall, Gonzalez has been the better tight end, but Jason Witten will probably get the nod because of his popularity across the league.

Witten has more receptions and yards, but Gonzalez has six more touchdowns (eight to two).

Clearly, you could make an argument for either of these solid TEs, but in my mind, Gonalez deserves the start in what might be his last season.

 

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