The Pro Bowl has certainly lost a lot of its excitement over the years. With the NFL now completely getting rid of a padded game for the players to compete in, fans are starting to lose a lot of interest.
However, it's still a great honor for every player selected. That's whether it's your first time being named a Pro Bowler or your 10th. It can even leave a chip on certain players' shoulders if they felt like they were snubbed from participating.
With one third of the votes being cast by fans, sometimes we see players who are more popular than deserving getting voted in. Every year, all fanbases can say they believe of few of their own players truly deserved to participate despite not making it, and that's no different with the Green Bay Packers.
3 Packers who deserve to be in the Pro Bowl
1. Keisean Nixon
Last year, Nixon was named first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career as a return specialist despite not even making the Pro Bowl. He was clearly snubbed last year, and the same happened again.
Nixon sits at 761 kick return yards, which leads all of the NFL. The next closest to him is Xavier Gipson at 472. It's also not as though it's only because he brings the ball out the most because of players with at least 15 returns, he has the highest average yards (26.2).
Rashid Shaheed is the NFC representative at the spot this year despite having 376 less kickoff return yards. Even if you added Shaheed's kickoff yards (384) and punt return yards (321), he'd have less than Nixon. Nixon also has 14 more 20-plus yards returns than Shaheed.
It's hard to really pinpoint why Nixon was left out, considering nobody else in the league had come close to replicating his amount of production.
2. Rashan Gary
Micah Parsons and Danielle Hunter are both great choices for the Pro Bowl but Rashan Gary makes an easy argument as being more deserving than the third selection, Haason Reddick. They share very similar stats in a lot of categories.
Reddick has two more sacks and one more QB hit but Gary has two more forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. Gary achieved this on over 250 fewer snaps than Reddick due to being on a snap count early in the season in his return from an ACL injury.
Gary's only real downfall this year was his inability to be productive every gameday. He was eventually named an alternate, but he had a strong case to be a starter.
3. Jordan Love
This season, Love has proven to be the answer at quarterback for the Packers, and arguably could be top 10 at the position right now despite not even being voted as an alternate.
Love currently leads Stafford in touchdowns, completion percentage, QB rating, and every rushing statistic. They also have the same amount of interceptions at 11. Some would argue that some of these stats are skewed since Stafford has played one less game this year, but he has played only 23 fewer snaps played than Love.
Even compared to all other NFL QBs, Love is third in passing touchdowns (30), 10th in QBR (61.5), and 10th in passing yards (3,843). To most Packers fans, this is the most egregious snub. If Love has a more consistent season next year, it's going to be hard for anyone to leave him off their list.