3 Inexcusable 2019 Pro Bowl Snubs That Have Us Shaking Our Heads

Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck got straight robbed. 

The 2019 Pro Bowl selections were announced and let’s be clear off the rip that Russell Wilson got snubbed. In a Pro Bowl where the Chargers have a league-leading seven selections, the Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers both have six and the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints each have an NFC-leading five Pro Bowlers, it’s a travesty that voters couldn’t find a spot for Wilson.

It’s an injustice that Aaron Rodgers will be starting at the 2019 Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. ET, instead of Dangeruss, who was selected as an alternate. Ha! 

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback is the first of our Three Major 2019 Pro Bowl snubs.

 

  1. Aaron Rodgers over Russell Wilson (Quarterback)

Rogers has had a decent year, but well below his future hall of fame standards. Wilson has been a one-man band for Seattle (8-6) and he has the Seahawks sitting in the five seed with the playoffs looming. He’s tied for third in the NFL in TD passes (31) which is 8 more than Rodgers has, without a Pro Bowl receiver like Davante Adams.

Wilson’s passer rating of 111.6 is Top 3 in the NFL and 14.4 points higher than Rodgers’. Rodgers has about 950 more passing yards, but the Packers are 5-8 and Wilson’s undoubtedly been more efficient and heroic in fourth-quarter comebacks. Wilson also has a better completion percentage at 66.3 to Rodgers’ 61.8.

 

Russ has also has thrown four more touchdowns and seven fewer interceptions (six to 13) than Rodgers’ fellow Pro Bowl starter Jared Goff, and his passer rating is 14 points higher.

The Aaron Rodgers hype was real on this one. The disrespect of one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks continues.

 

  1. Tom Brady over Andrew Luck (Quarterback)

Andrew Luck has regained his health and his mojo and gotten the most out of a talent-less Colts squad. Tom Brady on the other hand, has regressed in front of our eyes and it was no more apparent than the ducks he threw at the end of the Steelers game last Sunday.

Luck is the second-rated passer in the NFL behind Patrick Mahomes II and second, in TD passes. He’s clearly outplayed Brady this season. 

 

  1.  Kyle Juszczyk over Christian McCaffrey/Alvin Kamara.  

This was the worst snub of the bunch and one of those instances where the term “fullback” is being applied too literally.  The San Francisco 49ers fullback made his third Pro Bowl with a paltry 21 yards rushing, 309 yards receiving and 1 TD.

I don’t care what kind of Mike Alstott blocks he throws, he can’t take up space on the roster at a bonafide All-Pro’s expense.

The fullback position doesn’t even really exist in today’s game. If the NBA can ignore the traditional center to ensure that the best players are chosen, then the NFL can do the same with the seldom-used fullback.

Kamara has been a dual-threat nightmare and a driving force in one of the NFL’s all-time statistical offenses.  He’s racked up 860 rushing yards, 627 receiving yards, and 16 TDs.

McCaffrey is the swiss army knife for the Panthers. He and Cam Newton are the entire Panthers’ offense and the former Stanford great carries a responsibility that is second to none.  

On Sunday McCaffrey ran the ball 15 times for 53 yards, he caught eight passes for 67 yards, and he threw a 50-yard touchdown pass on a trick play, becoming the first player since Walter Payton with the 1985 Bears to have 50 or more yards rushing, receiving and passing all in the same game.  According to Pro Football Reference, the feat has only been accomplished four times since 1950.

Overall, he has 979 rushing yards, to go along with 94 receptions, 768 receiving yards and 13 TDs.

All of the snubs are victims of circumstance that has nothing to do with the game. Brady and Rodgers will be getting career achievement nods until they retire at the expense of a less popular, more worthy QB. Also, the NFL Pro Bowl committee has to reassess the necessity of the fullback position to save themselves from further voter embarrassment.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.