Calvin Johnson Honored, Ndamukong Suh Snubbed by Pro Bowl Selections

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions rushes Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 31-18. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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It's not surprising that Calvin Johnson was given a slot in the Pro Bowl.

He's proven to be unstoppable since about the midpoint of the season, broke Jerry Rice's record for receiving yards in a single season and despite terrible play all around him, has continued to play at a super-high level.

Meanwhile, Ndamukong Suh also had a tremendous second half, but isn't getting an invite to Hawaii.

Lions fans should be happy for Megatron and frustrated for Suh.

It's hard to crack a lineup that includes Justin Smith, Gerald McCoy and Henry Melton, all of whom have had big seasons.

You can't really complain that he should be in over Justin Smith, given how incredible a season Smith is having, as well as his impact on Aldon Smith's season which is something not quantified by his own stats.

McCoy and Melton are a slightly different matter.

McCoy has been a monster on the inside for Tampa and looks to be reaching the pinnacle of his ability and is proving the Bucs right in selecting him so high. His numbers aren't that much better than Suh's and he has fewer sacks, but it's close overall.

Melton is a similar case. The numbers are close and Suh is better in a few areas.

All three men make things easier on the guys around them. Though, I would say that Melton is a little more critical to the success of his defense. McCoy isn't quite in the same category, but still is vital to Tampa's defense.

It's a toss-up, though.

And one Suh lost, at least in part, because of his reputation.

It has become clear that Suh's reputation is a real problem and not just among media. Other players seem to feel he's as dirty as the fans and media are saying he is. We've talked about this before, and while Suh does act out in really, really foolish ways, he is flagged and complained about far more than he deserves.

It's his own fault. His lack of self-control has brought this on and unless he puts all his efforts into turning this perception around, it will be his legacy.

Suh has the feel of a player at a tipping point. He's a good player, who could be great, but spends too much time getting in his own way.

Can he ever reach the potential he very clearly has?

He will have a long off-season to think about whether or not he has the will and self-control to do this.

When he's watching his peers play in Hawaii and in the Super Bowl, maybe he will find some motivation.

Unless he does something different than what he's been doing he's likely to miss many more trips to Hawaii and perhaps more than a few playoff an Super Bowl appearances as well.


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