No doubt the most pointless and boring of any All-Star competition yet none the less an honor, today the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters were announced. Representing the Raiders in Hawaii will be Richard Seymour, Shane Lechler and (finally!) Sebastian Janikowski.
Seymour isn’t having his best season as he’s been slowed by injury but the veteran D-lineman is on that perennial status when it comes to Pro Bowl honors. Forget stats though. Anybody that blocks two kicks in a must-win game is on legendary status. Seymour’s performance in Kansas City alone merits another Pro Bowl selection. For Seymour this will be his seventh time being selected to represent the AFC.
Speaking of seven Pro Bowls, Shane Lechler’s nod is his seventh as well. Super Shane has been out of his mind this year. Lechler is really giving Ray Guy a run for his money as the best punter in franchise history. Oh…that would also put Lechler in the conversation for greatest punter ever. Shane’s resume features a franchise best 80-yard punt this season and a 76-yarder that made return specialist extraordinaire Devin Hester retreat and run for cover.
Now the real news is that the Raiders will finally be represented by their full compliment of All-Pro kickers at the Pro Bowl.
After 12 years of being snubbed Sebastian Janikowski finally headed to Hawaii. Long overdue yet none the less right on time as Jano has put together a 100% hater-proof season. Check the stats and you’ll see Seabass has made 27 of 31 attempts this year. Check the highlight reel and you’ll see an NFL record tying 63-yarder in Denver, a six-for-six performance against Chicago and more 50-yard makes than Tebow fans have excuses.
In short there was just no denying Janikowski this year.
Even more amazing is thinking what could have been had Jano’s hamstring not cost him a game plus a few extra minutes on the sideline when he otherwise would have been booming monster attempts.
Now being selected to the Pro Bowl is one thing. Actually playing in it is another. Seymour sat out last year’s game due to injury so who knows which of these Raiders we’ll actually see. My money is on Janikowski being the first one off the plane and the last to leave the field even if he loses a leg on the last game of the season.