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Leading defensive end in sacks isn’t on Pro Bowl ballot


The NFL’s Pro Bowl ballot lists 54 defensive ends, of whom fans can vote for six. But it doesn’t list the player who leads all defensive ends in sacks.

That player, Detroit’s Kerry Hyder, has burst onto the scene this season and recorded five sacks, an NFL high for defensive ends so far this year. But he said he’s OK with not being listed on the Pro Bowl ballot because he doesn’t think fans would vote for him.

“I’m sure people don’t know who I am, anyway,” Hyder said, via the Detroit Free Press.

The defensive ends on the ballot include plenty who are obviously much less deserving than Hyder. That list starts with his injured teammate, Ezekiel Ansah, who has played in just two games and recorded just one tackle this season. Others on the ballot include Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, a backup who also has just one tackle in two games. And there’s Packers rookie Dean Lowry, a backup who has played just 32 snaps so far this season.

To include those players on the ballot but not include Hyder is a foolish oversight by the NFL. Hyder is right that fans probably wouldn’t vote for him anyway, but smart fans who know how good Hyder is should at least have the opportunity.

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66 Responses to “Leading defensive end in sacks isn’t on Pro Bowl ballot”
  1. superpatriotsfan says: Oct 14, 2016 9:36 AM

    Only Pats homers flood the voting and will vote for Tammy Brady for DE.

  2. darcrequiem says: Oct 14, 2016 9:36 AM

    Put the man on the ballot.

  3. toybkshr says: Oct 14, 2016 9:36 AM

    Happens every year – unfortunately

  4. spreadems says: Oct 14, 2016 9:39 AM

    The Pro Bowl is a joke anyways.

  5. sbhntr says: Oct 14, 2016 9:40 AM

    The Pro Bowl has become a popularity contest, not recognition for achievement

  6. Stiller43 says: Oct 14, 2016 9:41 AM

    Who cares? All the decent players drop out of the game and it ends up with half the league technically as “pro-bowlers” because they get down to the 14th alternate at just about every position.

    Just name the team and display them at the superbowl (at most).

  7. thegregwitul says: Oct 14, 2016 9:41 AM

    The Pro Bowl has always been a popularity contest first and foremost. This should surprise no one.

    I just wish the NFL named an All-Pro team just like the AP does and be done with it. We don’t actually need to see these guys play a meaningless game and risk injury. If you need to fill TV time, just have a skills contest or something.

  8. quickbooks12 says: Oct 14, 2016 9:42 AM

    Keep it up and people will know your name young man.

  9. pats777 says: Oct 14, 2016 9:45 AM

    The Pro Bowl ballot should not arrive until Thanksgiving.

  10. skittlesareyum says: Oct 14, 2016 9:46 AM

    No one is ever on the Pro Bowl ballot the first year they deserve it, and they’re always on the ballot one year too long.

  11. cosmicredneck81 says: Oct 14, 2016 9:47 AM

    So you mean to tell me the NFL shows favoritism to big name players…..this just cant be

  12. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 14, 2016 9:47 AM

    The Pro Bowl selection is nothing more than a beauty/popularity contest.

    The Pro Bowl game is unwatchable.

    If I was one of the best football players in the NFL I would not want to risk my livelihood over an exhibition game.

    Remove the game from the Pro Bowl and turn it into something enjoyable for fans.

  13. cheapseater says: Oct 14, 2016 9:50 AM

    Who’s got more forced fumbles than 3rd round rookie Yannick Ngakoue?

  14. dsigrey says: Oct 14, 2016 9:50 AM

    The pro bowl is a joke. See Brandon Maryweather…

  15. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 14, 2016 9:51 AM

    Guy is bashing a DE for not registering more than a single solo tackle? Tackles is the most overrated stat for any player besides MLB/ILB. I remeber when Donte Whitner was here in Buffalo and everybody sang his praises for being a great tackler… The only reason was because every single play, run or pass, made it his way, that’s how bad our defense was, nothing in the front 7.

  16. kcl10 says: Oct 14, 2016 9:51 AM

    Just one more reason the Pro Bowl is total garbage. You’d have to pay me to watch that glorified game of two-hand touch.

  17. usedjock says: Oct 14, 2016 9:52 AM

    This is reason #1256 why the pro bowl doesn’t matter or no one cares about it.

    As a previous poster said just name an All Pro team and just be done with it.

  18. sandman34rt says: Oct 14, 2016 9:52 AM

    Now we care about the pro bowl? Who cares if Scooby doo is on the ballot

  19. factschecker says: Oct 14, 2016 9:54 AM

    Time for Roger to spend millions of dollars on a investigation.

  20. greglloydrules says: Oct 14, 2016 9:57 AM

    The fans and your teammates recongnize what you’ve done. That’s all that matters. Besides the ProBowl is a joke. It’s an unwatchable beauty contest

  21. ipdaily69 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:02 AM

    The irrelevance of the Pro Bowl.
    The collapsing ratings.
    The unwatchable product.
    100+ commercials per game.
    The farcical draft carnival.
    The “Hate America” weekly demonstrations.

    All brought to you by the Full 32’s choice to be their face of the NFL….Roger Goodell

  22. missile742 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:02 AM

    Who cares, rather watch the 4th preseason game with a bunch of no-name scrubs trying to win a roster spot than this farce.

  23. pastabelly says: Oct 14, 2016 10:02 AM

    Who actually cares enough to complete a Pro Bowl ballot? It’s certainly not as important as completing your Fan Duel or Draft Kings lineup?

  24. vavikingfan says: Oct 14, 2016 10:07 AM

    I like the idea of drafting teams but totally agree it’s idiotic for a player to risk his career in a meaningless exhibition.

    What I think would be entertaining would be to play it as a flag football game and let the players pick their positions.

  25. corduroy88 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:08 AM


  26. silvernblacksabbath says: Oct 14, 2016 10:12 AM

    Who? lol Congrats brother on your omission..

  27. rjbell4 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:12 AM

    We’ve had *5 weeks* of football so far. Some teams have only played 25% of their schedule. Why do we even have a Pro Bowl ballot right now?

  28. coutre says: Oct 14, 2016 10:12 AM

    This is another example of how the majority of League employees have no idea which way a helmet goes on…
    Affirmative action and nepotism are the reasons the NFL is heading downhill.

  29. chicagosportsfan11 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:15 AM


  30. exinsidetrader says: Oct 14, 2016 10:19 AM


    5 whole sacks. Wow!
    You get excited too easily.

  31. RegisHawk says: Oct 14, 2016 10:19 AM

    The Pro Bowl is famous for the “1 year later” deal…you get noticed 1 year after you become good; you get left off 1 year after you’re no good any more.

  32. katientony says: Oct 14, 2016 10:20 AM

    This feels like it was a poorly concealed cheap shot against is own team. It feels like the quote should really say, “I’m sure people don’t know who I am anyway…because I play for the Lions.” I mean, I bet he added that last part in his head anyway…

  33. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 14, 2016 10:21 AM

    Stiller43 has it right on. Love when someone is introduced as ‘4 time All Pro’ for instance. Hate when someone is introduced as ‘5 time Pro Bowler’. That makes it sound like you were one of the 2 or 3 best players in the NFL at your position that year but that is rarely the case.

  34. bheikkila86 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:24 AM

    They shouldn’t have a game and go back to the days when they had a skills competition. I want to see how far these QBs can throw a ball and see them hit moving targets. Have the winner at each position get $1,000,000 with a matching $1,000,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

  35. Hawknballs says: Oct 14, 2016 10:28 AM

    Some teams have only played 4 games. How is there even a pro bowl ballot yet?

    Wanna know how big a joke the pro bowl is – we are 1/4 through the season and there is already a ballot.

  36. charliecharger says: Oct 14, 2016 10:30 AM

    I stopped paying attention to this kind of stuff a long time ago. All Star voting. Pro Bowl voting. Especially Hall of Fame voting. Most of the voters have no idea. All people look at is stats, and they don’t always look at the right stats. If I lined up next to someone like Reggie White, I’d get a lot of sacks. If I had a HOF QB, I’d have a lot of TD receptions. If I had a beast offensive line and HOF QB, I’d have great rushing stats. So If a D-Lineman was on the field for 1,000 plays during a season and had 15 sacks, he’d be a pro bowler. What did he do those other 985 plays, and who was lined up next to him? Who were his CBs? You have to watch the tape to see who the dominant players are, and they’re easy to see. Stats are too often misleading.

  37. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:31 AM

    The pro bowl is a joke. All that matters who is named to the all pro team

  38. mogogo1 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:36 AM

    It’ll all work out in the end. After those 54 guys decline Hyder will get his shot at declining and the guy around #70 will realize his dream of playing in the Pro Bowl.

  39. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 14, 2016 10:40 AM

    Fans shouldn’t vote for things like this.

    If you want fan involvement, make the game actually GOOD.

  40. randy8123 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:45 AM

    Love his response – don’t know much about him beyond his play this year but seems like he has a good mentality.

  41. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 14, 2016 10:51 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Oct 14, 2016 9:36 AM
    Only Pats homers flood the voting and will vote for Tammy Brady for DE.

    Well at least NE has fans, who can read and write.

  42. blessedunliketherest says: Oct 14, 2016 10:52 AM

    Only Pats homers flood the voting and will vote for Tammy Brady for DE.

    Interesting comment coming from a person who purposely created a fake patriots username and was the first to comment on a story totally unrelated to the Pats. Yet, we are the homers? Obsessed much?

  43. bjwbrown2011 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:01 AM

    The Pro Bowl got a lot worse when they moved it to after the superbowl.

    Back in the day the players used it as an excuse to spend a week in Hawaii and get enough of a check to cover their expenses. It was also a way to say goodbye to football.

    No its held at a point where no player from either superbowl team can go, players from the losing conference title games are usually either too depressed or too banged up to go. And you also have a bunch of players that are still healing from injury and won’t go (but may if the game was held two weeks later as it used to be). Add to that the fact that the game isn’t even in Hawaii and you get the C squad of players each year.

    Back in the day the pro bowl used to have the best players in the league playing at half speed. Now its a collation of the willing.

  44. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    I suppose they can’t include everyone on the ballot, but Danielle Hunter has four sacks, a forced fumble, a safety, and a touchdown. He was second in sacks by a rookie last year.

    I guess most of these deserving guys will eventually get in anyway, since most of the players voted in won’t show up.

  45. dreadnok89 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:05 AM

    Then boss should be on the ballot too?

  46. eroschmidt says: Oct 14, 2016 11:06 AM

    Most people drop out and those that don’t run the risk of getting hurt. Tyler Eifert hasn’t played this season and NE running back Robert Edwards career ended in 1999 at the Pro Bowl.

    The should just make a voting system of fans, players, media and coaches to decide the Pro Bowl team and get rid of the game.

  47. ahostiletakeover says: Oct 14, 2016 11:29 AM

    Just another example as to why I don’t understand many players take the Pro Bowl as such an accomplishment. Being named All-Pro is not only a better individual accolade but is more likely to help in future contract talks.

  48. sb44champs says: Oct 14, 2016 11:39 AM

    The Pro Bowl is just a glorified popularity contest

  49. patsrthegreatest says: Oct 14, 2016 12:06 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Oct 14, 2016 9:36 AM
    Only Pats homers flood the voting and will vote for Tammy Brady for DE


    When it comes to pro football, the only thing the rest of the country is good is make a complete & utter horse’s ass out itself. This bozo is exhibit A

  50. unkleruckus says: Oct 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    Just another example as to why I don’t understand many players take the Pro Bowl as such an accomplishment. Being named All-Pro is not only a better individual accolade but is more likely to help in future contract talks.
    A lot of players have making the pro bowl as a contract bonus. It could mean anywhere from $50-300k to make the team. So I understand why players care. I can’t understand why fans take the time to vote.

  51. theroc5156 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:10 PM

    If I were an owner, I would make all the players on my team who made the Pro-Bowl skip it. I will pay whatever fines they may be given for skipping the Pro-Bowl as well as give them a bonus for being named.

    Tyler Eifert has yet to play this year because of an injury in the Pro-Bowl. I know there are other players who have been hurt in the past as well. Ask any Patriot fan about Robert Edwards.

    It’s a useless game as everyone else stated that proves absolutely nothing. I’m a Bengal fan and even I thought it was a joke when Dalton made the Pro-Bowl a few years ago. Of course, he was like the 8th choice but c’mon; nobody wanted to watch him play in it even Bengal fans.

  52. FinFan68 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    I get that fans will vote for their players but what the heck is the criteria for the NFL to put someone on the ballot? He deserves to be there right now. He may have some of the same contract incentives as the guys he is ahead of

  53. insightfulcomments says: Oct 14, 2016 12:22 PM

    I don’t know I voted last night for the first time and that was my primary criteria.

  54. justtherealfacts says: Oct 14, 2016 12:29 PM

    Brady played one game and he is on the list, If he was suspended till week 8, he would still be on the list.

    Media bias in sports and politics has reached a all time high and there are no signs of it getting any better.

  55. bspurloc says: Oct 14, 2016 12:35 PM

    he only has 7 tackles in 5 games,
    JJ Watt on IR has 8.

    nobody knows who any DE’s are anyway.

    What about Offensive Linemen?
    I’m sure that is even worse, but how would anyone know?
    Defensive Linemen and Offensive linemen shouldn’t be up to fans cuz no one knows who any of them are.

  56. toocoofoo84 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:36 PM

    People are saying “who cares? Its the pro bowl” well I bet this guy could use the extra 35k-50k. Put him on the ballot

  57. bspurloc says: Oct 14, 2016 12:44 PM


    This guy is a nobody is why…
    here is a quick list of DE’s doing better than this nobody… and I can keep going.

    Leonard Williams 12 tackles 7 assists 5 sacks 2 FF
    Trent Murphy 11 tackles 7 assists 4.5 sacks 2 FF
    Derek Wolfe 17 tackles 5assists 4.5 sacks
    Danielle Hunter 11 7 assists tackles 4 sacks 1 safety 1 FF
    Carlos Dunlap 15 tackles 7 assists 4 sacks 5 PD 1 FF

  58. kemp13 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:04 PM

    The Pro Bowl is a joke, but not as much of a joke as starting voting when you’re barely 25% through the season. No reason not to set nominees at Thanksgiving, after injuries are played out and perfromers stand out.

  59. vikingsvoice says: Oct 14, 2016 1:16 PM

    Danielle Hunter is going to be one of the best DE’s in this league soon. He had 6 sacks last year as a part time player. He’s already at 4 this year with the aforementioned FF and safety, again as a part time player. He’s only 21 years old.

  60. buffalosunshine says: Oct 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    Lorenzo Alexander Is he on the ballot? Leading the league in sacks… wait for it… Lorenzo who?

  61. joepatrickmartin says: Oct 14, 2016 1:37 PM

    Coaches should be the only people voting on the pro-bowl. They know who the best players are because if they are any good, the coordinators and positional coaches will be game planning for them.

  62. joepatrickmartin says: Oct 14, 2016 1:38 PM

    NFL fans are stupid and biased for their team and against their teams’ adversaries.

  63. psychotim says: Oct 14, 2016 2:18 PM

    Re: Robert Edwards

    It was even worse that many remember — he didn’t get hurt during the Pro Bowl, he got hurt during the rookie flag football game on the beach.

  64. insightfulcomments says: Oct 14, 2016 2:20 PM

    Danielle Hunter is a good one to bring up. I voted for both Robison and Griffen who also have 4 sacks each, but the fact that a reserve for the vikings also has 4 is pretty amazing. I don’t know if it is possible to get more players from one team than that team has starting positions at that position though.

  65. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Oct 14, 2016 3:24 PM

    This happens in every sport where the fans have a vote as promo for a sponsor.
    In order to get maximum exposure for the sponsor, the ballots are published way too early. People vote, things change ( or they vote based on past performance) and then when the team is named after the season sportswriters who are then looking at the complete season are critical of fans choices from early in the season. This happens more in baseball but occurs to some degree in all sports. Why not wait until the season is over to vote on All Stars ?

  66. snakecage says: Oct 14, 2016 4:57 PM

    They should just simulate the Pro Bowl on Madden. All the stars would be in the game and it couldn’t possibly be less entertaining.

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