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December 26, 2012

No Panthers on Pro Bowl roster

For the first time since 2007, the Panthers did not have a player selected for the Pro Bowl. Alternates have not been officially announced.

Carolina defensive ends Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson have combined for 21.5 sacks, but former Panther Julius Peppers, Jason Paul-Pierre and Jared Allen were the NFC choices at defensive end.

Panthers rookie Luke Kuechly, who leads the league in tackles, was passed over in favor of the San Francisco tandem of NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis among inside linebackers.

Carolina fullback Mike Tolbert finished second in the fan balloting to Green Bay's John Kuhn. But Minnesota's Jerome Felton, the former Panther who is Adrian Peterson's lead blocker, earned the nod.

The Panthers sent three players to Hawaii last season – center Ryan Kalil, wideout Steve Smith and quarterback Cam Newton, an alternate who took Eli Manning's spot when the Giants advanced to the Super Bowl.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM | Permalink


That's "Pierre-Paul", dimwit.

Posted by: Authority | Dec 26, 2012 8:02:15 PM

Fact: Players on losing teams get NO respect, rewards even if they deserve it, as these Panthers do.

Posted by: Charles | Dec 26, 2012 8:47:20 PM

Your losing teams line might work if the Cardinals didn't place 1, Jets 2, Cleveland 2 and KC (who should get the first pick in the draft) put 5 on the Pro-Bowl team.

Posted by: Gary | Dec 26, 2012 9:43:42 PM

The Pro Bowl is a Popularity contest whoever is popular makes the cut

Posted by: CB | Dec 26, 2012 9:49:08 PM

Luke got robbed - He deserved to be there, and so did Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Never saw much by the Panthers to promote people voting for the Pro Bowl, but they got my votes. Wish the Panthers organization had spoken up on this.

Posted by: KB | Dec 26, 2012 9:52:53 PM

Carson Palmer voted for Greg Hardy!

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 26, 2012 10:18:06 PM

Joe Cool, that is funny! Also, I suspect Keuchly may be chosen by the time the game rolls around. The first round is just a fan vote, i.e. popular names, but as players come closer and find an excuse NOT to go to the Pro Bowl, replacements are always added. Looking at the numbers, Hardy is the only other player that might eventually make it. He had 0.5 less sack than Peppers but 22 more tackles.

Posted by: Moe Tool | Dec 26, 2012 10:48:55 PM

There's only one receiver in the game better than smith and even that is arguably based on age and bloated stats. Keuchly will get plenty of awards with time but hard to believe he didn't get it this year. Nobody else really deserved mention. Johnson maybe but everybody looks at stats and his stats are good but not great. His performance was outstanding. Too many ends with gawdy sack numbers.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 26, 2012 10:55:58 PM

Tool = though your name is an apt one, you seem to know very little about football. You say that the only receiver better than Smith is so, only because of age and blaoted stats???!? Watchu talkin' about, Willis?? Smith is waaay down the list these days. Curious though - who were you referring to? Julio, Megatron, Cruz, Nicks, Dez Bryant, Garcon, Roddy White, Fitzgerald, Crabtree, Marshall, Jennings, Austin, Vincent Jackson, Colston, or someone else?

Posted by: Davey Sprocket | Dec 27, 2012 12:02:38 AM

@joe cool - wrong. There is no "first round" of voting. The entire process consists of three phases of votes. 1. Fan voting 2. Player votes 3. Coaches votes.
So, it is not a simple popularity contest, as you are stating. Opponents and coaches know who gives them a hard time on the field and in the film room when game-planning. Apparently, no panthers made the grade. But, a few guys might beg off, and of course the NFC champion will not have any of its players in Hawaii, either, so if any panthers are Alternates, they may get in the back door like Cam did last year.

Posted by: Davey Sprocket | Dec 27, 2012 12:09:15 AM

#59 not getting in is complete BS and goes to show why the Pro-Bowl is complete garbage! He'll most likely end up leading the league in tackles as a rookie. Oh well, would rather not see anybody go anyways and make sure they stay healthy after the season is over. Knowing our luck, he'd go and suffer something devastating! Pro-Bowl won't be around for much longer anyways.

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Dec 27, 2012 7:03:16 AM

Maybe this year they will play a flag football game in Hawaii instead of that thing they call the Pro Bowl. I'd probably watch that.

Posted by: Crispy Bacon | Dec 27, 2012 8:19:38 AM

The Pro Bowl has been anticlimatic and irrelevant for many years.

Posted by: Jellybean | Dec 27, 2012 8:47:15 AM

pro bowl has nothing to do with statistics, just who is the most famoust, what a shame. if i was mr. Richarson, i would take the whole team for a vacation to Hawai.

Posted by: jesse | Dec 27, 2012 8:47:25 AM

I remember the days when the Superbowl champion would play against the college all-stars. Yes, true, not lying. It really used to happen.

Posted by: Crispy Bacon | Dec 27, 2012 9:22:33 AM

when Kuechly does break the record this year it will show how stupid the voteing is!!!!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Dec 27, 2012 9:50:51 AM

Cam Newton, Steve Smith, Hardy and Johnson, Luke and even Davis shouldve got a nod to go!!!!!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Dec 27, 2012 10:19:02 AM

I love all these people complaining about Panthers not making it. Please tell me who you would pull off to put Steve Smith on? Give me a break. Dez Bryant deserves on over #89 and I hate the Cowboys.

Also, Kuechly while great for a rookie is not yet a Pro Bowler. Anyone who knows anything about tackle numbers realizes they are inflated. FYI for those who don't...the NFL gets tackle #'s from the teams who track it. Kuechly falls on a pile at the end of a run, theres a tackle. Until he can learn to turn and track the ball in the air he's not a pro bowler. As pro football focus said, he's great with the ball in front of him and lost completely if it gets behind him. That's fine for a d-lineman, not a LB.

Joe Person, it's kind of sad that you can't even get the names of pro bowl players right in a blog about pro bowlers. "Paul-Pierre". Inexcusable for a football writer.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Dec 27, 2012 10:19:25 AM

That's OK I guess...everyone wants to get voted to the Pro Bowl but no one wants to actually play the game.

Last year's game was a joke and some of Cam's "team mates" actually set him up to get hurt by deliberately whiffing on their blocks. Glad everyone will be staying home this year.

Posted by: Ted | Dec 27, 2012 10:41:18 AM

Wow, they can't even get any players into the Pro Bowl. Very telling. And for the fool that posted that there is only one NFC receiver better then 89... you wish! Nobody wants that arrogant shrimp in the Pro Bowl.. well, aside from his devout Pussycat fans with their teal colored glasses. Congrat's to Peppers! Another good guy that got out of this godforsaken franchise.

Posted by: Pussycats stink | Dec 27, 2012 1:31:20 PM

yeah no sh!t fast freddie all lb's numbers are inflated they are the first point of contact after the line of scrimmage. name one rookie in the pro bowl who does not need improvement....idiot

Posted by: 10-4!! | Dec 27, 2012 6:05:22 PM

Did Kalil go predicting, again! Naw...we don't need any injuries.

Posted by: Whoa Mama | Dec 28, 2012 8:58:27 AM

There's a difference between needing improvement and being deserving of the pro bowl, and just needing improvement.


Posted by: Fast Freddie | Dec 28, 2012 10:11:18 AM

Whatever man your opinion. He's going to be an alternate, fair enough. Inflated or not, he leads the league in tackles and is probably going to break the Rookie record. After what I just typed I don't know why I am even bothering...

Posted by: 10-4!! | Dec 28, 2012 12:02:03 PM

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