If you want to make an argument that the Associated Press NFL All Pro team is a straight stats award, then fine. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Lions wideout Calvin Johnson absolutely deserved to get selected over Colts legend Reggie Wayne.
However, no offense to Bears fans, but you cannot tell me Brandon friggin' Marshall had a better season than Wayne. Maybe it's the homer in me, but I just don't see it.
I didn't see Marshall take over in BIG games and will his team to wins, the way Wayne did. Typically, Marshall has played small in those contests. It's a reason why he has never caught a post-season pass despite being in the league six years.
We saw big play performances from Reggie Wayne all throughout 2012, playing on a vastly inferior team, talent-wise, than Marshall in Chicago. What was Marshall's "big day" in 2012? His 12 reception, 144 yard performance against the stellar Jaguars defense? Or, was it his 9 grabs and 3 TDs against the powder blue steel wall that was the Titans' 26th ranked pass defense?
Oh, and just to throw this out there:
Reggie Wayne at home v. the Packers in a big game: 13 catches, 212 yards, 1 TD
Brandon Marshall at home v. the Packers in a big game: 6 catches, 56 yards, 1 TD
Megatron obviously deserved All Pro honors. He broke a record held by Jerry Rice. But, Marshall? No. If all this award does is honor a player with the best stats, then Marshall and his 118 grabs and 11 TDs are All Pro worthy.
However, you can't tell me Marshall is better, or had a better overall year, than Wayne. Given all the circumstances, Wayne should have gotten this award. That's just me.
Oh, and if the Bears offered a straight-up trade of Marshall for Wayne, I wouldn't take it. Most of the league wouldn't take that deal either. That should tell you something about Marshall's "All Pro" season.
You can read the rest of the All Pro list here.