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Reports: Russell Okung makes Pro Bowl, Richard Sherman doesn’t

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The unveiling of this year’s initial Pro Bowl rosters is coming a bit later on Wednesday evening, but news of some selections and omissions is starting to leak out.

J.R. Rickard, the agent for Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, tweeted out congratulations to Okung for being voted one of the NFC’s starting tackles. It’s the first time that Okung, a 2010 first-round pick, has been named to the team and, probably not coincidentally, the first time Okung has gone the entire season without an injury serious enough to keep him out for multiple games.

While there will almost certainly be other Seahawks on the roster, cornerback Richard Sherman will reportedly not be one of them. Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Sherman has not been voted onto the team despite turning in an excellent year for the team. Sherman won’t be eligible for the team if his suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy is upheld, but he was eligible to be voted on the team pending the resolution of that case.

Sherman’s play merited a nod, but it would seem voters thought his positive test was reason to find someone else to vote for this year.

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47 Responses to “Reports: Russell Okung makes Pro Bowl, Richard Sherman doesn’t”
  1. trollaikman8 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:10 PM

    Of course he doesn’t….why reward a PED user?

  2. pilarvirus says: Dec 26, 2012 6:14 PM

    Yeah… Trent Williams is better then his guy and his having the better season. Would would even put Tyson Clabo ahead of Okung.

  3. dans761 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:15 PM

    It’s a crime

  4. monsterscream says: Dec 26, 2012 6:15 PM

    U suspended bro?

  5. dennisatunity says: Dec 26, 2012 6:16 PM

    Congratulations to Russell Okung. He has had an amazing year. But in a season in which Calvin Johnson set a new NFL record for receiving yardage, Richard Sherman held him to 3 catches for 46 yards. Yes, he has a mouth but he backs it up–better than any cornerback in the NFL (and every receiver knows it). He probably will be ineligible, but he has been the best this year. Period.

  6. seahawksgirl says: Dec 26, 2012 6:17 PM

    There is no way that Richard Sherman shouldn’t be voted to the Pro Bowl…that’s just straight hate…

  7. rysol says: Dec 26, 2012 6:18 PM

    Better luck next time, Sherman. Poor guy took every illegal substance out there and still came up short. pity.

  8. randallflagg52 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:19 PM

    Last year Lardarius Webb notched 7 INTS and was the only starting corner to not allow a TD including the postseason and was robbed of a pro bowl as well as an all-pro selection.

    It’s just disrespect because Webb and Sherman were mid round draft picks. I’ll bet you lesser but higher drafted players like Patrick Peterson make it however.

  9. wethog66 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:20 PM

    Congrats to Okung, but if Trent Williams is not the starting LT for the NFC in the pro-bowl then the pro-bowl is a joke.

  10. lynchmobb12 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:21 PM

    It doesn’t take a pro bowl nod to show sherm is one of( if not the) best cb n the league..

    Shots out okung, he’s been a huge force all year and has played lights out quietly all year… Definitely living up to his first round pick status.

    Go hawks

  11. fitnesstrainer6788 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:22 PM

    For all you Josh McDaniels supporters…Okung was picked with the pick the Broncos gave up for 2nd round pick Alphonso Smith the year before..

    Hmm..All Pro vs a Never Has Been CB…

    Great job Josh…. So glad you’re OUTA DENVER!!!

  12. sadskinsfan89 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:25 PM

    trent Williams. all i gotta say

  13. dmadras says: Dec 26, 2012 6:27 PM

    He’s mad, Bro!

  14. gizzmonic says: Dec 26, 2012 6:29 PM

    Why should he be? Just another P.E.D. abuser with a big mouth.
    U mad bro?

  15. oreo51 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:29 PM

    If the league now agrees that his sample was mishandled and he is innocent of PED use, Sherman ought to sue them for the lost income from not making his Pro Bowl bonus. I don’t see how anyone can argue he was treated fairly. Clearly, he is the most valuable player on the Seahawks and belongs in the Pro Bowl.

  16. dennisatunity says: Dec 26, 2012 6:32 PM

    Actually, the very fact that this headline was written this way: “Russell Okung makes Pro Bowl, Richard Sherman doesn’t” indicates that Profootballtalk.com can’t believe the oversight either. They know who deserves to be in the Pro Bowl and who doesn’t. Oh well. It’s kind of fun to make a Super Bowl run with so many outstanding players going unrecognized. That creates a real dilemma. You see if the players aren’t good enough to make it to the Pro Bowl but we have an outstanding season, then it has to be great coaching. You can’t have it both ways. It has to be one way or the other. And we know how many of you are absolutely committed to not honoring Pete Carroll. Come on! Choose!! Players or coaching??

  17. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 26, 2012 6:34 PM

    7 INTs, 23 passes defended, 3 FFs, 1 sack. Keep up with the childish replies :)

  18. thekingdave says: Dec 26, 2012 6:34 PM

    @fitnesstrainer

    They took Earl Thomas at 14 with Denver’s 2010 1st rounder, but I guess if you make things up and beat your chest hard enough while doing so, maybe they’ll come true.

  19. mrlaloosh says: Dec 26, 2012 6:36 PM

    Don’t be mad bro.

  20. kylexitron says: Dec 26, 2012 6:38 PM

    Wont matter. The Seahawks will be getting ready for the Superbowl that weekend.

  21. whiteyj69 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:39 PM

    fitnesstrainer, you’re thinking Earl Thomas, not Okung or Sherman. Thomas was taken in the draft by Seattle with the pick they received from the Broncos

  22. rajbais says: Dec 26, 2012 6:41 PM

    Difference: Pro bowl is garbage!!!!

    All Pro matters!!!

    Okung is no All Pro even though I like him as a player.

  23. gizzmonic says: Dec 26, 2012 6:46 PM

    Then again it all could be a big fluke by going 3 and 13 next year

  24. boyshole25 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:49 PM

    Okung and Williams were well deserving of their top ten first rd draft positions

  25. bordner says: Dec 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    wethog66 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 6:20 PM

    Congrats to Okung, but if Trent Williams is not the starting LT for the NFC in the pro-bowl then the pro-bowl is a joke.
    ——————————-
    Oh, THEN the Pro Bowl is a joke?

  26. tdrundmc says: Dec 26, 2012 6:54 PM

    Congratulations to Russell Okung. He has had an amazing year. But in a season in which Calvin Johnson set a new NFL record for receiving yardage, Richard Sherman held him to 3 catches for 46 yards. Yes, he has a mouth but he backs it up–better than any cornerback in the NFL (and every receiver knows it). He probably will be ineligible, but he has been the best this year. Period.

    Too bad he needed help covering Calvin. All I remember from that game is Titus Young smoking him.

  27. Stiller43 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:59 PM

    The pro bowl vote means absolutely nothing anyway. Any time you let fans be at least partially responsible for who gets a reward, its just a popularity contest.

    They should have a vote of every 53 man roster, plus the coaches from each team. That would be a valuable reward…not some fans voting 30 times for the players on his favorite team.

  28. bonniebengal says: Dec 26, 2012 7:00 PM

    Geno Atkins apparently made it. He’s being congratulated by his coaches on Twitter.

  29. dstep24 says: Dec 26, 2012 7:00 PM

    Who cares? Ask them if they’d like to play against him in the playoffs. That’s ultimately what matters. Then ask them, if they like him on their team. If the Pro bowl was based on either of those questions, this would’ve been a far different result. Don’t sweat it Seahawks fans. You know what the guy does on the field, and so do they.

    If a cornerback is getting under the rest of the league’s skin to this degree, he’s doing his job.

  30. jtylert says: Dec 26, 2012 7:00 PM

    So much for innocent until proven guilty…

  31. Gravy says: Dec 26, 2012 7:30 PM

    Richard Sherman holds
    more than Hulk Hogan.

  32. dstep24 says: Dec 26, 2012 7:42 PM

    Too bad he needed help covering Calvin. All I remember from that game is Titus Young smoking him.

    Titus young smoked Kam Chancellor. Watch it back genius.

  33. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 26, 2012 8:12 PM

    Wilson has taken one hard hit all season long, and that came from the right side vs AZ. RGIII has been beaten, concussed and knocked out of games.

    And that is why Okung starts over Williams at LT.

  34. screechdaddy says: Dec 26, 2012 8:22 PM

    Sherminator totally robbed by haters. Whatever. This guy will have his revenge in the form of multiple Super Bowl rings. Enjoy many years to come of watching him dominate your receivers and eat your QB’s passes, haters.

    Major props to Russ Okung who showed just why he deserves this by completely shutting down “star” DE Aldon Smith last Sunday.

  35. billsfan1 says: Dec 26, 2012 8:27 PM

    So Kam Chancellor sucks…

  36. northbynw27 says: Dec 26, 2012 8:39 PM

    Just because most of you couldn’t find Seattle on a map doesn’t mean Okung isn’t deserving. Think it’s purely coincidence that when Okung is healthy Lynch has a career year?

  37. sixjak says: Dec 26, 2012 8:41 PM

    Ha ha loser.

  38. jwreck says: Dec 26, 2012 8:57 PM

    pencilmonkeymagic says:
    Dec 26, 2012 8:12 PM
    Wilson has taken one hard hit all season long, and that came from the right side vs AZ. RGIII has been beaten, concussed and knocked out of games.

    And that is why Okung starts over Williams at LT.
    ________
    Okung is starting over Williams because of name recognition and Seattle voters trying to get Wilson to the Pro Bowl. Trent Williams has not allowed one big hit on Griffin all season. That is a fact. Jared Allen, JPP, and DeMarcus Ware, and Trent Cole combined for two sacks on the year against the Redskins, although Williams pulled on both of those plays, leaving a running back to block the pro-bowl pass-rushers. Goofy play-calling? Maybe. Williams fault? No. On top of that, both of Griffins injuries came on runs (to the right) nine yards past the line of scrimmage.

    Regardless, I had a point to make, but I felt like I had to stand up for the league’s most underrated tackle first.

    Anyway, Sherman’s snub, and it definitely was a snub, is not an issue of Okung vs. Sherman so much as Okung vs. perhaps the weakest group of tackles the league has ever seen.

    Seriously, make a list of the really good tackles in the league right now: Thomas, Staley, Okung, Williams, Clady (possibly overrated?), Long (ditto). Duane Brown is pretty good, but is a step below this tier of players.

    It’s almost shocking how few good/great tackles there are in the NFL right now. Of these players, Thomas may have a shot at Canton, maybe Staley (big maybe) if he wins a few rings; Williams and Okung are still young enough to put an all-pro career together, but it’s hard to see many current NFL tackles going down in history as truly “Great” players.

    I’m starting to ramble now, but point is, Okung’s inclusion and Sherman’s snub are more a result of different levels of talent depth in the NFL right now than anything else.

    Okung is battling literally nobody for a spot, while Sherman, who should still have made the pro-bowl, is still battling a much deeper talent pool at cornerback.

  39. football4youth says: Dec 26, 2012 9:13 PM

    Happy birthday Sherman, the NFL will give you your present on Thursday

  40. axespray says: Dec 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    I suppose if Okung is playing better lately – All I remember from him is when my Packers played Seattle.
    Okung was getting embarrassed – meanwhile Richard Sherman and That secondary were doing a pretty good job against one of the best receiving corps in the league.

    Unless them dudes really were jacked up on peds… idk. Pro bowl is weird.

  41. olyhawk says: Dec 26, 2012 10:05 PM

    Sherman will be an all pro first team so the pro bowl snub won’t be a thing. Sherman is the best corner in the league, and will only get better even without the adderall. Okung nice job buddy tough shoes to fill in the all time best walter jones.

  42. xplicitpits says: Dec 26, 2012 10:06 PM

    OKUNG out did every single tackle in the game today! He’s shut down some of the best of the best this year, only because Watt wasn’t on the schedule! Dockett (Twice), Chandler, Ware, Allen, Aldon Smith (Twice), C. Mathews, Long, Avril, Vandenbosch, Peppers, Cameron Wake

  43. xplicitpits says: Dec 26, 2012 10:09 PM

    That’s absolutely a stupid assessment of Okung. You don’t know what you are looking at. He is a future hall of famer at the position. Both him & Giacomini are very good for Seattle & a big reason they have the run game they do.

  44. olyhawk says: Dec 26, 2012 10:12 PM

    Kam Chancellor Sucks? I bet if you ask Vernon Davis he’ll tell you different.

  45. beastmode5150 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:09 AM

    All of you calling Sherman a cheater. Lets say he was on adderall, he’s not now and has been playing at an even higher level than when he was “on it”. Quit hating, and. Wait for guys on your team to get caught, they all do it, just like all teams have cash Payments for hits.

  46. baymac408 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:55 AM

    He shoulda maned up.. He’s a sucka and that’s what he gets and he will be suspended shoulda took the suspension an it woulda been bout over by now clown!! NINERS GOT 9 pro bowlers holla!! Lucky at home game last week eat a fat one

  47. jprcox says: Dec 27, 2012 11:15 AM

    If Sherman is cleared, he will be at the Pro Bowl by the coaches selection. Fan’s didn’t know if they should vote for him based on the PED issue – not his play. I can’t say I would have voted for him if he didn’t play for my Seahawks.

    People better start to realize Sherman is the best CB in the league – the best. Ask Calvin Johnson if you have any question.

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