Richard Sherman: Successful Appeal vs. Alleged PED Use Highlights Pro Bowl Snub

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 27, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 23: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks fires up the crowd during the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle,Wa. The Seahawks won the game 42-13. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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You would have to think the allegations that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was facing had at least a little to do with his Pro Bowl snub on Wednesday.

That's why when he averted a four-game suspension by successfully appealing the allegations, it made the snub all the more substantial.

In just his second year in the NFL, Sherman has risen as one of the game's greatest cornerbacks and playmakers. In addition to the stifling man-to-man coverage he has exhibited throughout the season, he has notched seven interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) as well as 23 pass deflections (tied for first). 

He is the leader of Seattle's secondary and it's no coincidence that the Seahawks have allowed just 6.2 yards per pass attempt this season (third in the NFL) with Sherman on board.

That includes frustrating Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers (all wins).

While Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman were deserving representatives of the NFC at cornerback, it's hard to argue for Patrick Peterson over Sherman. That's primarily where the Pro Bowl voters erred at the position.

Seattle is currently 10-5 after clinching a playoff berth with the 42-13 victory over the 49ers last week. While the offense has risen dramatically behind rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and star running back Marshawn Lynch in the past few weeks, the Seahawks wouldn't even be in this position if it wasn't for their defense. They have collectively allowed 15.5 points per game, the best mark in the NFL, and Sherman is undoubtedly a big part of that.

This should serve as a lesson for Pro Bowl voters in the future. Do not snub a player based on allegations. Innocent until proven guilty, right?

Sherman has had a fantastic season in a revitalizing campaign for Seattle. He has done nothing wrong and he didn't deserve to be left off the Pro Bowl roster. 

We can only hope the same thing doesn't happen to other players in the future.


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