Whit Snubbed From Pro Bowl

Despite winning the fan vote by over 75,000, Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth did not get a nod for the Pro Bowl.  The votes from other players and coaches eliminated Whit’s bid, and put more household names like Joe Thomas, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Jake Long into the yearly all-star game.

“Very disappointed,” Marvin Lewis was quoted as saying. Especially when you consider that he didn’t even get a spot as an alternate.

In fact, no Bengal made the team for the third straight year.  Terrell Owens was selected as a second alternate at WR, but of course with his knee injury there’s no chance of him representing the stripes.

The snub only serves to strengthen the perception that the Pro Bowl is more a popularity contest than a high school prom queen vote.  It’s an often-repeated axiom that players usually make the squad a year after they deserve it, and they get the nod for a year after they are no longer worthy.

Hopefully this means Whitworth, who’s been an anchor on the offensive line and a vocal leader, will get his due next year.

According to team stats, Whitworth gave up only two sacks all year despite facing some of the league’s best pass rushers.

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