2. Philadelphia Eagles fans know better than anyone that the Pro Bowl is about name recognition.
If you spend any time around any member of the Eagles fanbase or read anything that we say here at ITI, one thing is obvious, even if you miss a lot of what we all say about so many other subjects. There’s nothing but love in the Eagles media and in the “Birds” fan base for Fletcher Cox.
Still, even with that being said, and if we’re being honest, there’s no way that he should have been voted to the Pro Bowl in 2019. 40 tackles and 3.5 sacks do not an All-Pro make. Meanwhile, Brandon Graham posted 8.5 sacks on the season and 50 total tackles, but just like every other season of his career, when it came time for the voters to hit the polls, “55” was ignored.
Why? It’s simple actually. The NFL Pro Bowl is just like the Grammys or any of those corny awards shows we watch. They’re closer to being popularity contests than being about talent, and the same people win year after year. Sure, there are snubs, but more often than not, those come from the fact that people are either looking for the guys that play on their team or they’re looking for the popular stars.
After 16 seasons, nine Pro Bowl nods, two First-team All-Pro nods, and four Second-team All-Pro nods, 2020 might be the curtain call for a Pro Football Hall of Fame career. Peters is a star and has been for a while, so when it’s time to fill out those Pro Bowl ballots, expect a name like Peters to stand out on a ballot at a position where guys often aren’t given the limelight. He’s never been short on talent, and the switch to guard makes it easier for him to stand out in a game where the tackles tend to get the attention and the big paydays.
Write this down. We’re calling it now. The Eagles will send their center, right guard, and right tackle to the Pro Bowl (again), and that tenth Pro Bowl nod for Jason Peters is going to be a nice feather in the cap for what’s been an amazing career.