America’s team is truly just that. The results are in from NFL fan’s Pro Bowl selections. Fans make up 33 percent of the voting, and the Dallas Cowboys dominated the choices. I’m sort of shocked at some of the results. What this shows is that the Dallas Cowboys are the most-respected and most-loved team in the NFL.
I will evaluate each category:
1. Brett Favre, Packers: 1,140,863
2. Tony Romo, Cowboys: 830,789
No real shock here, although Tony Romo really ought to be the starter for the NFC. He beat the Packers and he’s playing better than Brett Favre. I think the players, who make up another 33 percent, will move Romo ahead of Favre.
1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings: 753,294
2. Marion Barber, Cowboys: 503,786
This came as a shock to me. Adrian Peterson is one of the top backs in the game right now, and it is scary that he’s only a rookie. But Marion Barber at second was a surprise. He isn’t even a starter. I thought Brian Westbrook might sneak in there, as he is having another great season rushing for more than 1,000 yards again.
1. Tony Richardson, Vikings: 204,168
2. Oliver Hoyte, Cowboys: 164,031
Just a dumb category for the Pro Bowl. Who cares about full backs since Moose?
1. Terrell Owens, Cowboys: 700,779
No surprise here. He is the best wide receiver in the NFL.
1. Jason Witten, Cowboys: 596,867
No surprise here, although Deadskins tight end Chris Cooley is right up there, too.
1. Flozell Adams, Cowboys: 370,073
2. Marc Colombo, Cowboys: 273,335
Wow. Dallas swept the two top vote getters here. It’s amazing, too. Nearly the entire line was voted at the top.
1. Leonard Davis, Cowboys: 330,942
He deserves it. Bringing Davis on the team was a smart move and he’s really shored up the offensive line.
1. Andre Gurode, Cowboys: 321,511
Well, he did have some snapping mishaps. But Gurode has been solid in the middle and is a force.
INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINE
1. Tommie Harris, Bears: 207,686
2. Jay Ratliff, Cowboys: 196,380
Jay Ratliff!!! You mean the under-sized guy everyone thought was going to really screw up the defense in the middle after Jason Ferguson was injured? Not so. Ratliff has been the biggest surprise on defense. He’s quick and stronger than any of us thought. He’s playing at a Pro Bowl caliber.
1. Osi Umenyiora, Giants: 350,148
4. Chris Canty, Cowboys: 205,307
5. Marcus Spears, Cowboys: 199,756
It gets a little shaky here. Marcus Spears, in my opinion, has not played up to his first-round draft pick status. With that said, Spears and Canty are doubtful for the Pro Bowl at 4th and 5th place right now. Osi is better than both of them and he’s having a great year.
1. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys: 385,031
3. Greg Ellis, Cowboys: 238,153
DeMarcus Ware is a beast. Greg Ellis is two sacks ahead of him for the Cowboys leads. Both deserve a Pro Bowl bid.
1. Brian Urlacher, Bears: 325, 073
3. Bradie James, Cowboys: 184245
4. Akin Ayodele, Cowboys: 159,404
I’m not sure James or Ayodele have a chance after the other 66 percent of the voting strength is in. With that said, neither probably deserve a Pro Bowl bid. But James has had a good year.
1. Charles Woodson, Packers: 348,063
3. Terence Newman, Cowboys: 269,189
It appears Newman might miss out on another Pro Bowl, unless coaches and players give him a boost. The NFC is stacked with good corners and he has a steep hill to climb.
1. Roy Williams, Cowboys: 271,505
Well….does he deserve it? So many people say Roy is the most overrated safety in the game. I have a hard time saying that. He’s feared, and that’s a big part of being a safety in my opinion.
1. Sean Taylor, Redskins: 258,544
3. Ken Hamlin, Cowboys: 157,689
Ken Hamlin has probably been the second-biggest surprise on the defense. Sean Taylor’s name on the list is a testament to his skills. That entire ordeal is saddening. Ken Hamlin has a good shot at making the Pro Bowl. He’s played well in coverage and he’s second on the team in interceptions.
1. Devin Hester, Bears: 607,075
4. Tyson Thompson, Cowboys: 52,576
Tyson Thompson hasn’t played in weeks and he doesn’t deserve to be even 4th.
1. Nick Folk, Cowboys: 263,635
A rookie!!!!!!!!! Nick has been a savior for the Cowboys who haven’t had a great kicker since Rafiel!
1. Mat McBriar, Cowboys: 224,345
Mat is also a savior. He can be counted on to always make solid punts. He’s even gotten us a key onside kick.
1. Brendon Ayanbadejo, Bears: 226,962
2. Keith Davis, Cowboys: 196,185