The Amazing Race: 2008 Pro Bowl Selections

Kyle BabcockContributor IDecember 16, 2008

Ahh, yes it is upon us already. Yes, that means the sound of the waves rolling in at the beaches while a breathtaking sunset overshadows the island of Hawaii.

The always competitive, exciting, nerve-wrenching, Pro Bowl.

Hold your horses! Does that description of the Pro Bowl sound right?

Not at all. Well maybe with the exception of the media day, where players, against their will wear Hawaiian dress. Unless you're Michael Strahan, who talked a lot, and in the meantime showed off the Grand Canyon between his teeth.

When the results of the Pro Bowl voting got out and when I heard the infamous "Brett Favre is going to the Pro Bowl for the 10th time," I was utterly disgusted.

Well, lets not sound that mad. At least the fans don't totally decide, because then you would see the AFC playing the Washington Redskins.

Well, here are the Pro Bowl players:

QuarterbackKurt Warner, ArizonaDrew Brees, New Orleans
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Running backAdrian Peterson, MinnesotaMichael Turner, Atlanta
Clinton Portis, Washington
FullbackMike Sellers, Washington 
Wide receiverLarry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Anquan Boldin, Arizona
Steve Smith, Carolina
Roddy White, Atlanta
Tight endJason Witten, DallasChris Cooley, Washington
TackleJordan Gross, Carolina
Walter Jones, Seattle
Chris Samuels, Washington
GuardSteve Hutchinson, Minnesota
Chris Snee, New York Giants
Leonard Davis, Dallas
CenterAndre Gurode, DallasShaun O'Hara, New York Giants
Defensive endJulius Peppers, Carolina
Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Jared Allen, Minnesota
Defensive tackleKevin Williams, Minnesota
Jay Ratliff, Dallas
Pat Williams, Minnesota
Outside linebackerDeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Lance Briggs, Chicago
Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay
Inside linebackerPatrick Willis, San FranciscoJon Beason, Carolina
CornerbackCharles Woodson, Green Bay
Antoine Winfield, Minnesota
Asante Samuel, Philadelphia
Free safetyNick Collins, Green BayBrian Dawkins, Philadelphia
Strong safetyAdrian Wilson, Arizona 
Special teams
PunterJeff Feagles, New York Giants 
PlacekickerJohn Carney, New York Giants 
Kick returnerClifton Smith, Tampa Bay 
Special teamerSean Morey, Arizona 
QuarterbackPeyton Manning, IndianapolisBrett Favre, New York Jets
Jay Cutler, Denver
Running backThomas Jones, New York JetsChris Johnson, Tennessee
Ronnie Brown, Miami
FullbackLe'Ron McClain, Baltimore 
Wide receiverAndre Johnson, Houston
Brandon Marshall, Denver
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Wes Welker, New England
Tight endTony Gonzalez, Kansas CityAntonio Gates, San Diego
TackleJoe Thomas, Cleveland
Jason Peters, Buffalo
Michael Roos, Tennessee
GuardAlan Faneca, New York Jets
Kris Dielman, San Diego
Brian Waters, Kansas City
CenterKevin Mawae, TennesseeNick Mangold, New York Jets
Defensive endMario Williams, Houston
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
Defensive tackleAlbert Haynesworth, Tennessee
Kris Jenkins, New York Jets
Shaun Rogers, Cleveland
Outside linebackerJames Harrison, Pittsburgh
Joey Porter, Miami
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
Inside linebackerRay Lewis, BaltimoreJames Farrior, Pittsburgh
CornerbackNnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee
Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
Free safetyEd Reed, Baltimore 
Strong safetyTroy Polamalu, PittsburghChris Hope, Tennessee
Special teams
PunterShane Lechler, Oakland 
PlacekickerStephen Gostkowski, New England 
Kick returnerLeon Washington, New York Jets 
Special teamerBrendon Ayanbadejo, Baltimore 

Seems pretty good; I mean the whole NFC squad aren't Redskins, or Cowboys by default.

But I do wish to place my grievances.

First, the defensive end picks for the NFC. Julius Peppers is a good choice. But Jared Allen a backup? And behind Justin Tuck?

Wrong. Simply wrong. You simply don't put the rodeo man behind Strahan's replacement. Not when Tuck only has 11 sacks and a INT for a TD, and Jared has 14.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.

Jared Allen should have been a starter, along with John Abraham, and Julius as a reserve. Anyone agree?

Also, the AFC is going to be screwed up.

How does Brett Favre get in over Philip Rivers? Simple. Legacy.

The same also applies to Walter Jones from Seattle.

Rivers has the highest passer rating in the NFL, and at the same time the most TD passes in the NFL. If you send Brett to the Bowl, you could make cases for crappy players like Gus Frerotte, or Jason Campbell.

Lastly, the one due to the popularity of the Wildcat.

Ronnie Brown got in ahead of rookie RB Steve Slaton.

Yes, I do give credit for Ronnie running the Wildcat so well, but the position says running back, if I'm not mistaken.

Am I? Apparently so.

Steve Slaton was supposed to be a situational back, like the crappy Reggie Bush, but has emerged as one of a great class of running backs. He already has over 1,000 yards, even though he had a slow start. On the other hand, Ronnie Brown is a great player, but doesn't deserve the nod.

Maybe he should have gotten voted as a QB. Oh yeah, I forgot he isn't on that ballot.

But anyways, I have a lot more on my heart to share with you all, but unfortunately don't have the time to vent any longer.

If you think here are any players I missed, just shoot me a comment, and I'll respond.

And as always, it's the NFL, and it's an amazing race. (Especially for Oakland fans. Sorry for the Al Davis problem.)


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