October 21st, 2013
This year, the Pro Bowl is going to be a little different. Just a brief recap of the new format: Two legendary players, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice are going to draft teams out of players that we vote to the Pro Bowl. They are going to draft not even caring about conference or team - it will just be about the players in it. After that, we can finally see a rejuvenated Pro Bowl. I think that it is a lot better to be unconferenced with teammates going against each other. I think that it is also cool that the two leading vote getters will be captains for each of the teams.
My ballot is a little biased because I am a Texans fan, but this my current ballot for some of the important positions:
QB- Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Phillip Rivers, Matt Stafford, and Drew Brees
RB- Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno
WR- Victor Cruz, Eric Decker, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Torrey Smith
TE- Jordan Cameron, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas
DE- Chandler Jones, Jordan Cameron, Shaun Phillips, J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson
Linebacker- Kiko Alonso, James Laurenitis, Sean Lee, Paul Pouslunzy, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Ryan Kerrigan, Whitney Mercillus, Robert Mathis, Terrel Suggs
Cornerback-Brandon Carr, Tim Jennings, Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph, Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Charles Tillman, Alterraun Verner,
Safety- T.J. Ward, Major Wright, Eric Reid, Earl Thomas
Now that you have seen my ballot, I want to do some explaining of my ballot. You are probably wondering why Tom Brady isn't on my ballot. I just don't think that he has been one of the top six quarterbacks this year. I think that he will make it because of popularity. I think that he might be able to make it onto my weekly ballot if he can step it up for the rest of the year.
I think that Andrew Luck isn't on there because he just doesn't have the stats. I want to put him on there, but I need to see some performance the rest of the year.
I think that Frank Gore deserved a spot, but he just didn't have enough room. He can earn his way on if Arian Foster is out for awhile.
Someone who may be a surprise on my ballot is Torrey Smith. He has been average on the Ravens offense, but has tallied 629 yards, and has been a great go-to man on a dysfunctional Ravens receiving corp.
Now that you know my ballot, I want your opinion on what you think of it. I also want to know what I messed up on and what I got right. Also, who do you have on your ballot? Tell me in the comments, and let's keep looking forward to the new look 2014 Pro Bowl.