OAKLAND CA - DECEMBER 26: Peyton leaves the field against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 26 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning was invited to his tenth straight Pro Bowl this evening, his eleventh in twelve years. The four-time NFL MVP will be joined by teammates Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, and Robert Mathis.
Reggie Wayne is making his sixth straight Pro Bowl appearance. Dwight Freeney is in his seventh Pro Bowl while Robert Mathis' invitation is his fourth.
Oh, and to give you some idea of how useless Pro Bowl fan voting is, Jeff Saturday, who was second in AFC centers in fan voting, was not invited. Nor was the first place vote getter at center, Eric Steinbach.
Now, I think we all agree that Jeff has no business playing in a Pro Bowl this year. Nothing against the big guy. We all love him, but the o-line has been garbage most of the season, and because of that I can see why Jeff shouldn't be there.
But, fan voting is supposed to be part of the process, and when the first and second place fan-approved players don't make the roster, kind of tells you all you need to know about Pro Bowl fan 'voting.'
Another selection that seems kind of stupid is Billy Cundiff as AFC kicker. Don't get me wrong. Cundiff has come a long way from the disaster he was last year, but he's made 24-of-27 field goals this season. Adam Vinatieri, meanwhile, has made 23-of-25 (90%). He's also a perfect 48-for-48 on extra points.
Essentially, Vinatieri is having a better season than Cundiff, but it's Cundiff is going to the Pro Bowl. The fan-voted kicker was Josh Scobee, who is 21-of-26 on field goals this year.
Also in the Pro Bowl is Brandon Meriweather, a safety who can't tackle and can't cover anyone. Logan Mankins, who has only played in eight games this season after a lengthy holdout, is also going.
Yeah, the Pro Bowl is kind of dumb.