Thursday, January 3, 2013
Around the NFC West: Pro Bowl pedigrees
By Mike Sando
We discussed at one point Wednesday the number of Pro Bowl players on each NFC West team's roster. San Francisco has 17, most in the NFL. Arizona has four, tied for fewest.
Most teams have a couple of deserving but as-yet-unrecognized players, and that is the case in the NFC West. Arizona's Calais Campbell and Daryl Washington come to mind. Seattle's Richard Sherman comes to mind. There are others.
Some players with Pro Bowl pedigrees aren't playing at anywhere close to that level. That is the case with some NFC West players.
We can sort through that another time. For now, I'll list the players on each NFC West team with at least one Pro Bowl on their résumés.
- San Francisco 49ers (17): David Akers, NaVorro Bowman, Leonard Davis, Vernon Davis, Dashon Goldson, Jonathan Goodwin, Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Brian Jennings, Andy Lee, Randy Moss, Carlos Rogers, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Joe Staley, Donte Whitner, Patrick Willis.
- Seattle Seahawks (12): Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor, Heath Farwell, Marshawn Lynch, Zach Miller, Russell Okung, Sidney Rice, Michael Robinson, Earl Thomas, Marcus Trufant, Max Unger, Leon Washington.
- St. Louis Rams (5): Cortland Finnegan, Steven Jackson, Quintin Mikell, Steve Smith, Scott Wells.
- Arizona Cardinals (4): Darnell Dockett, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Adrian Wilson.
Separating these players by how well each is actually playing at present could be a project for another day.