Six members of the 2010 New England Patriots have been selected to go to the Pro Bowl for the AFC. The six from New England is the highest from any one team in the AFC. Hopefully, nobody from the Patriots plays in the Pro Bowl because that would mean that they are playing the following week in the Super Bowl. QB Tom Brady, G Logan Mankins, and NT Vince Wilfork were chosen as starters for the AFC squad. ILB Jerod Mayo, S Brandon Meriweather, and rookie CB Devin McCourty were selected as reserves. This is the first selection for Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty (obviously), and a huge honor for McCourty. His selection to the Pro Bowl is a big nod as to how well he’s come on as the season has progressed. This will be Meriweather’s second straight Pro Bowl selection and Mankins’ and Wilfork’s third Pro Bowl. Tom Brady was selected for the Pro Bowl for what is now his 6th time.
I can’t really say that there are any Patriots that got snubbed for the Pro Bowl, though the selection of Brandon Meriweather is rather curious. There are certainly better safeties throughout the NFL, and there are, in my opinion, better safeties on the Patriots. Both Patrick Chung and James Sanders have had better seasons than Meriweather and you could argue that they got snubbed in favor of Meriweather. Perhaps Meriweather’s selection was based on his hat? (Of course it wasn’t, but it does give me a good reason to re-post the picture of Meriweather and his hat.)
You could make a strong case for rookie TE Rob Gronkowski to be included in the Pro Bowl, but you can’t really argue against Antonio Gates and Marcedes Lewis not being there. Both have better numbers than Gronkosaurus, though he and Lewis are close. Both tackles, Matt Light and Sebastian Vollmer, have had tremendous seasons, but again, you can’t really argue against who was selected (Jake Long, Joe Thomas, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson).
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