Brookfield, WI (PRWEB) December 28, 2012
December 28, 2012 - As NFL teams face the final regular season game this weekend, teams contending for the Vince Lombardi trophy have fans lining up for Super Bowl tickets. The National Football League isn't just about team accomplishments, however, and nothing recognizes individual performance more than a slot at the Pro Bowl. Held every year in Honolulu, Hawaii, the AFC versus NFC match-up is the time when each team's elite players take the field to showcase their talent.
As with every Pro Bowl announcement, there are controversies about who made this year's squad. Safety Reshad Jones of the Miami Dolphins didn't get a nod, despite having had a breakout year for the team with 86 tackles, two fumble recoveries, four interceptions, and a sack. Despite his vocal protest, the safety position is one that fills up quickly in the past few years, and with Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chief's Eric Berry, and the Jets' LaRon Landry, the Pro Bowl will have a strong showing at the position.
The Pro Bowl announcement also brought out rivalries between players. Lions' center Dominic Raiola and Bears' defensive tackle Henry Melton engaged in some trash talk about whether the other should appear in Hawaii. The two meet on the gridiron for the final regular season game, but their war of words will likely continue until the Pro Bowl begins.
The Pro Bowl spot can also be a great boon to players having a rough year. Kansas City Chief's running back Jamaal Charles has had one of the toughest years on and off the field. Last year, knee surgery kept him on the sidelines for most of the year, and this year, he battled back from that injury to lead the team. Unfortunately, the suicide of his teammate, Jovan Belcher, hit Charles hard in what he calls the saddest moment of his life. Charles says the Pro Bowl is a symbol for him of making it to the end of a challenging year.
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