A lot of interesting things...
Not surprised to see Floyd "Money" Mayweather at the top or Ronaldo and Messi as 2 & 3...
but had no idea that Stafford is the 6th highest paid athlete in the world of sports. Stafford is probably not even a top 6 QB in the NFC North (kidding...sorta).
Other interesting names to most professional and collegiate fans in the state of Michigan include Tom Brady @ 7 and Calvin Johnson @ 16
He had the best season of his career, led the NFL in interceptions a good portion of the season and week after week made plays for the Detroit Lions.
Yet DeAndre Levy saw Friday night come and go without what would have been a Pro Bowl selection, something that seemed likely throughout the season.
Only two Lions are definite Pro Bowlers this season, as receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh were picked. What is more surprising is the players who were named alternates -- and those who weren't.
That's where the real surprise of Levy comes into play. He wasn't even named as an alternate despite having career bests in interceptions (six) and tackles this season. He was also a main component of why the Lions were among the top run defenses in the league and was a constant screen snuffer-outer.
Equally surprising to Levy not being included were two other snubs as alternates -- rookie guard Larry Warford and center Dominic Raiola. Raiola had the best season of his career and Warford was considered by Pro Football Focus as one of the top five guards in the league -- period -- and one of the top rookies in his entire class.
There is the case of quarterback Matthew Stafford, another alternate. Stafford had an elite first half of the season and a terrible second half of the year, yet could end up in Hawaii.
Through the first half of the season, he completed 62.4 percent of his passes, 16 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Then came the second half, when he completed only 52.5 percent of his passes, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. And in that, the Lions skidded from 6-3 to out of the playoffs at 7-8 entering the final week of the season.
But he has a chance to go to Hawaii.
Didn't see this on the board, and apologies if it is.
Two Lions, Calvin Johnson and Suh, are starters in the Pro Bowl. It's nice to see these guys didn't get snubbed for being Lions, but it's pretty hard to make a case that these two shouldn't be starting in the Pro Bowl. Congratulations are definitely in order, I think.
I know someone here was discussing this earlier in the week, but Drew Sharp was on Rome is Burning today and said the Lions should absolutely trade Calvin Johnson. That he's worth more as draft picks than as our WR.
He also said we could potentially uncover 2nd and 3rd round WR's like a lot of other teams, even though someone mentioned there are so many busts out there as well. He didn't have a very good response to how that would leave Matthew Stafford a sitting duck.
Discuss Sharp's idiocy...