Every year, a batch of token Pro Bowlers get voted back to Hawaii because of the names on the back of their jerseys. Fan voting has ruined the all-star game experience, which is why All-Pro teams are far more important than Pro Bowl rosters. Regardless, GLS has given you the real Pro Bowl rosters for four years running. The 2007 teams are lost, but here are my 2008 teams and my 2009 teams.

Oh, and here are my 2010 teams…

The real Pro Bowl teams (starters in bold)

AFC Offence

QB: Tom Brady, Patriots
QB: Philip Rivers, Chargers
QB: Matt Cassel, Chiefs

This was actually easy. Cassel has made far fewer mistakes than Peyton Manning, regardless of how little support Manning has had.

RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
RB: Arian Foster, Texans
RB: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

The NFL’s top three rushers have to be there. Darren McFadden and Chris Johnson weren’t consistent enough.

FB: Vonta Leach, Texans

Led the way for Foster.

WR: Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
WR: Andre Johnson, Texans

WR: Mike Wallace, Steelers
WR: Brandon Lloyd, Broncos

Hard to believe Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker and Anquan Boldin aren’t here, but Wallace and Lloyd were huge for their respective offences.

TE: Antonio Gates, Chargers
TE: Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars

Had Gates played an entire season he would have broken some records. Lewis has emerged as David Garrard’s favourite target.

OT: Jake Long, Dolphins
OT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets

OT: Branden Albert, Chiefs

Ryan Clady, Joe Thomas and Michael Roos were the young stars who were supposed to be here annually, but all three struggled for good chunks of the season.

OG: Brandon Moore, Jets
OG: Kris Dielman, Chargers

OG: Brian Waters, Chiefs

What the hell is Logan Mankins doing in this game? The guy’s played in eight games!

C: Nick Mangold, Jets
C: Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers

I get the feeling Pouncey will be here for years to come, especially now that he’s made the list for the first time.

AFC Defence

DE: Robert Mathis, Colts
DE: Dwight Freeney, Colts

DE: Jason Babin, Titans

Almost no debate here. Mario Williams is an obvious alternate.

DT: Haloti Ngata, Ravens
DT: Vince Wilfork, Patriots
DT: Kyle Williams, Bills

But if I were a coach I’d do everything in my power to get Richard Seymour and the underrated Antonio Garay to Hawaii.

OLB: Cameron Wake, Dolphins
OLB: Tamba Hali, Chiefs

OLB: James Harrison, Steelers

The biggest snub of 2010: Tamba Hali, who should be getting defensive player of the year votes.

ILB: Jerod Mayo, Patriots
ILB: RayLewis, Ravens

Honourable mentions to two Steelers, Lawrence Timmons and James Farrior.

CB: Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders
CB: Devin McCourty, Patriots

CB: Vontae Davis, Dolphins

Sorry, but Darrelle Revis isn’t even the runner up. If I had one more spot, I’d give it to Brandon Flowers or Leon Hall.

SS: Troy Polamalu, Steelers
FS: Ed Reed, Ravens

FS: Michael Griffin, Titans

No idea why Brandon Meriweather is on the roster in place of Griffin.

AFC Special Teams

P: Shane Lechler, Raiders
K: Rob Bironas, Titans
KR: Marc Mariani
ST: Tracy White Patriots

Bironas and Billy Cundiff was a tough tie to break.
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NFC Offence

QB: Michael Vick, Eagles
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
QB: Matt Ryan, Falcons

No way you can leave Rodgers off the NFC roster. In fact, I might rather Rodgers start than Vick.

RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings
RB: Michael Turner, Falcons
RB: LeSean McCoy, Eagles

Steven Jackson and his 3.7 yards per carry just won’t do.

FB: Ovie Mughelli, Falcons

He can do a little bit of everything, but he’s best at doing what he’s supposed to do — blocking for Michael Turner.

WR: DeSean Jackson, Eagles
WR: Calvin Johnson, Lions

WR: Roddy White, Falcons
WR: Greg Jennings, Packers

No debate here either.

TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys
TE: Vernon Davis, 49ers

Chris Cooley just doesn’t score enough touchdowns to keep up.

OT: Donald Penn, Buccaneers
OT: Trent Williams, Redskins

OT: Rodger Saffold, Rams

I left off all three of the players actually elected to the game at this position. Jason Peters has no right even touching the Pro Bowl. He should be banned from the state of Hawaii.

OG: Chris Snee, Giants
OG: Carl Nicks, Saints

OG: Todd Herremans, Eagles

I think Nicks has had a better season than his more famous cohort, Jahri Evans.

C: Ryan Kalil, Panthers
C: Jeff Faine, Buccaneers

Um, Andre Gurode? Shaun O’Hara? The NFL has to make some serious changes to the way in which players are voted to the Pro Bowl.

NFC Defence

DE: Justin Tuck, Giants
DE: Chris Long, Rams

DE: John Abraham, Falcons

Also blown away that Long didn’t make it. He was a force on the Rams defence.

DT: Ndamukong Suh, Lions
DT: Aubrayo Franklin, 49ers

DT: Fred Robbins, Rams

Plenty of good candidates here, including Franklin’s teammate Justin Smith.

OLB: Clay Matthews, Packers
OLB: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys

OLB: Brian Orakpo, Redskins

You know what I’m realizing? There are a lot of great 3-4 pass rushers in this league.

ILB: Brian Urlacher, Bears
ILB: Patrick Willis, 49ers

Urlacher might have had his best season. Willis was solid, as always.

CB: Asante Samuel, Eagles
CB: Tramon Williams, Packers

CB: Brent Grimes, Falcons

DeAngelo Hall had a lot of picks, but that doesn’t mean he was good in coverage (he wasn’t). Williams was better than Charles Woodson, and maybe every other corner in the conference.

SS: Roman Harper, Saints
FS: Malcolm Jenkins, Saints

FS: Nick Collins, Packers

I suppose the Saints aren’t missing Darren Sharper too much at this point.

NFC Special Teams

P: Mat McBriar, Cowboys
K: David Akers, Eagles
KR: Leon Washington, Seahawks
ST: Eric Weems, Falcons

Washington edges out Devin Hester. He was a little more consistent and gets credit for the way he bounced back from a horrible injury.

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