Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ah and you thought football was over since the Big Game was last weekend! But sadly happily, football never ends lives for another Sunday!

probowlWelcome to the Pro Bowl, aka the All-Star Game for the NFL. Why they can’t call it that is beyond me. I think the NFL thinks they are cooler than the MLB, the NBA and the NHL because they all use “All-Star Game”

So what is the Pro Bowl/All-Star Game?

Okay, so remember the Super Bowl last weekend? That was the championship game that pitted the best team from the AFC against the best team of the NFC. The Pro Bowl is the showcase of the best players of the AFC and the NFC.

Hmmm, that probably didn’t help much. Take two. In the NFL there are two separate conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). There are 16 teams in each conference. They don’t really intermix during the regular season. And they each have their own separate playoff rounds. And then, once they make it through the playoffs they meet their Conference Counterpart in the Super Bowl. Does that make sense?

The Pro Bowl is a showcase of the best players of both conferences. It is played in Hawaii the week after the Super Bowl!  There are 26 starting positions for each conference and also backups and reserves in case of injury. The players are selected by the coaches, the players themselves and the fans.  Kinda like Dancing with the Stars (only there the dancers don’t get a vote!) The game represents the best of the best, the elite. And nominations to this elite game are coveted.

Except….

Just like Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, the team selection can turn into more of a populartity contest than an actual representation of the best players in the country.

I read that one year, the Dallas Cowboys sent 13 of the players to the Pro Bowl! I know that if I had a Pro Bowl ballot a month ago and the vote for QB was Peyton Manning vs. Ben Roethlisberger, I would have hands down gone with Manning because I had no idea who Roethlisberger was. Of course now I would go with Manning because I’m still a bit ticked at Big Ben for winning the Super Bowl but that’s a whole other story that I refuse to write about on principle.

So anyway, The Pro Bowl is sort of the best of the best of the NFL players. But sometimes you get a Taylor Hicks instead of a Chris Daughtry as the winner of the American Idol NFL Pro Bowl Team Selection.

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I will do my analysis of the the two teams immediately following this article, but I wanted to first give you a quick breakdown of the two teams. (I admit, I just really wanted to have fun playing with the team colors).

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The AFC:

The Teams to choose from:

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The Coach: John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

Offense

  • QB: Peyton Manning, Indianpolis Colts
  • Running Back: Tomas Jones, NY Jets
  • Full Back: LeRon McLain, Baltimore Ravens
  • Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
  • Wide Reciever: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos
  • Tight End: Troy Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Offensive Tackle: Jason Peters, Cleveland Browns
  • Offensive Tacle: Joe Thomas, Buffalo Bills
  • Offesive Guard: Alan Franeca, NY Jets
  • Offensive Guard: Kris Dielman, San Diego Chargers
  • Center: Kevin Mawa: Tennessee Titans

Defense

  • Defensive End: Mario Williams, Houston Texans
  • Defensive End: Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts
  • Defensive Tackle: Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee Titans
  • Defensive Tackle: Kris Jenkins, NY Jets
  • Outside Linebacker: James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Outside Linebacker: Joey Porter, Miami Dolphins
  • Inside Linebacker: Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens
  • Corner Back*: Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders *Not Center Backer as some may have thought CB stood for……
  • Corner Back: Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans.
  • Free Safety: Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens
  • Strong Safety: Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers

Special Teams:

  • Punter: Shane Lechter, Oakland Raiders
  • Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski, NE Patriots
  • Kick Return: Leon Washington, NY Jets
  • Special Teamer*: Brendon Ayanbedjo Baltimore Ravens, *that’s a big vague don’t you think?

Other People/Backups/Etc:

For the full list of reserve players, check the list at NFL.com

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The NFC:

The Teams to Choose from:

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The Coach: Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

Offense

  • QB: Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals
  • Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
  • Full Back: Mike Sellers, Washington Redskins
  • Wide Receiver: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
  • Wide Reciever: Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals
  • Tight End: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
  • Offensive Tackle: Jordan Gross, Carolina Panthers
  • Offensive Tacle: Walter Jones, Seattle Seahawks
  • Offesive Guard: Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota Vikings
  • Offensive Guard: Chris Snee, NY Giants
  • Center: Andre Gurode: Dallas Cowboys

Defense

  • Defensive End: Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
  • Defensive End: Justin Tuck, NY Giants
  • Defensive Tackle: Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings
  • Defensive Tackle: Jay Ratliff, Dallas Cowboys
  • Outside Linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
  • Outside Linebacker: Lance Briggs, Chicago Bears
  • Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis, San Fransisco 49ers
  • Corner Back: Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers
  • Corner Back: Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings
  • Free Safety: Nick Collins, Green Bay Packers
  • Strong Safety: Adrian Wilson, Arizona Cardinals

Special Teams:

  • Punter: Jeff Feagles, NY Giants
  • Kicker: John Carney, NY Giants
  • Kick Return: Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay Buccanneers
  • Special Teamer*: Sean Morey Arizona Cardinals

Others/Reserves/Backups/Etc

The one thing I will note here is that Eli Manning is back up QB–I’ll talk more about this in my analysis. For the full list of reserve players, check the list at NFL.Com

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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