The Pro Bowl is nothing more than glorified two-hand touch, but the roster selections can still generate plenty of controversy.
Every year, undeserving players are chosen because of past accomplishments, name recognition or pure popularity. Meanwhile, players who are dominating at their respective positions don't get the respect their play demands.
While there are many players with legitimate gripes this season, the exclusion of the following three offensive stars is simply ridiculous.
Dez Bryant - WR, Dallas Cowboys
Leaving Dez Bryant off the Pro Bowl team was the voters' most egregious mistake this season. While I wouldn't have put him ahead of Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, it's a minor travesty that Bryant was left off in favor of Victor Cruz and Julio Jones.
Bryant had more catches (88), yards (1,311) and touchdowns (12) than both Jones (76-1,142-10) and Cruz (82-1,040-9). He also had 18 catches of 20-plus yards (more than Jones and Cruz), and he has tied the NFL record with seven consecutive games with a receiving touchdown.
During his streak, the Cowboys are 5-2 and on the verge of winning their division. He also submitted the best game of his career last Sunday, and he's been doing all of this with a broken finger.
What more do you want from the guy?
Roddy White - WR, Atlanta Falcons
Before we stray too far from the wide receiver debate, this question has to be raised: How in the world did Julio Jones make the team over Roddy White?
The two men play for the same team, but White has more catches (87), yards (1,309) and catches of 20-plus yards (18) than his fellow Falcon. Sure, Jones has a 10-7 advantage in touchdowns, but that's less impressive when you factor in White's massive edge in first downs (71-53).
I like Julio Jones a lot, but there's no way he should have made the team over White.
Alfred Morris - RB, Washington Redskins
Staying in the NFC, the biggest running back snub of 2012-13 is Alfred Morris.The Redskins' other rookie phenom was left off in favor of Adrian Peterson (no-brainer), Marshawn Lynch (totally excusable) and Frank Gore (ridiculous).
Morris is fourth in the NFL in yards (1,413) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (10). Gore, on the other hand, is 10th in yards (1,146) yards and 14th in rushing touchdowns (seven).
Morris has also rushed for 71 first downs this season, which is second only to Adrian Peterson (75). Meanwhile, Gore is sixth with 63 rushing first downs.
Gore is slightly more dangerous in the receiving game, and he's averaging 0.1 more yards per carry than Morris.
Still, Morris was snubbed simply because he is a rookie flying under the radar, while Gore has been selected to four Pro Bowls before. Morris was undoubtedly the more deserving candidate.
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