Beason talks Pro Bowl snub

Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason has taken to his personal web site to say he’s unhappy with being left off the Pro Bowl roster — and to say he’ll use the snub as motivation for a big 2010.

“Initially, I had a lot on my mind, a lot to say,” Beason writes at JonBeason.com. “I had a lot of anger as well as disappointment.”

Beason makes a specific point of saying he doesn’t want anyone to perceive his words as a knock on either New Orleans’ Jon Vilma, who was chosen as the NFC’s backup inside linebacker, or on Washington’s London Fletcher, who was chosen as the NFC’s alternate. Beason doesn’t mention San Francisco’s Patrick Willis, who was chosen as the NFC’s starter in the middle.

But Beason makes it clear that, in his words, “I felt like I was shafted from the Pro Bowl,” and that when he found out he didn’t make the roster, it was “a very demoralizing feeling.”

Beason says he’ll play in 2010 in a way that will remove any doubt about his Pro Bowl worthiness. 

“Maybe I should work out even harder and aim for being the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and the Super Bowl MVP next year,” he writes. “This won’t be the last time you hear about Jon Beason being snubbed for the Pro Bowl. Because based on my play next year, they’ll still be talking about it.”

For as often as the Pro Bowl is dismissed as a meaningless exhibition, it’s nice to see how important it is to Beason — and how thoughtful he is about how to react to being snubbed.

32 responses to “Beason talks Pro Bowl snub

  1. They need to remove the fan voting from pro bowls. Its very obvious the players take nominations seriously and fans prove every year they don’t care by not showing up and not watching the game. Lets take this outdated tradition and mold it around what would make the players the happiest.

  2. One reason he didn’t make it, is because the Panthers Defense got off to a horrible start. They came around in the second half of the year. The Pro Bowl voting doesn’t take all the games into consideration. I think the voting shouldn’t start till after the season is over and can reflect a players entire season.

  3. yeah he better not mention Patrick Willis.. because he knows Willis is the BEST MLB/ILB in the league.

  4. I feel worse for Fletcher but the NFC has got some damn good linebackers man. He’s young, at least he’ll get one… Fletcher might not ever now!

  5. I know people may think that Beason sounds arrogant here but this man is just extremely passionate. He comes on a local radio show every week and you can just tell the fire he has for the game. I can confidently say he doesn’t mean disrespect to the other players but he is a BEAST! Personally, I think they should just set the NFC ILB’s as Beason and Willis for the next 10 years.

  6. brian forster says:
    January 8, 2010 10:13 AM
    They need to remove the fan voting from pro bowls.
    ___________________________________
    Agreed. I get why they do it because they want fans to be more interested in the game, marketing, etc. It’s probably not going to change. But I think only actual football people should do it since so many players have dollar incentives tied to their making the pro bowl. Yes I know it’s 1/3 of the vote but it’s 1/3 too much IMO. Especially when it affects players’ salaries.
    The competition @ MLB is probably also tougher than at any other position on D. He’s a very good player who got better and better as the year went on and yes the whole D started out rocky and got better also. WLB Thomas Davis I thought was actually having a better year until he was lost for the year.

  7. I don’t know why he feels snubbed. He only had 168 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 sacks. He needs to try harder.

  8. “Maybe I should work out even harder and aim for being the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and the Super Bowl MVP next year,”
    Shouldn’t that be your goal every year??? They don’t pay you to be average.

  9. po knows football says:
    January 8, 2010 10:19 AM
    yeah he better not mention Patrick Willis.. because he knows Willis is the BEST MLB/ILB in the league.
    You left out the “2nd” in BEST. Willis is a one man show on the 49ers defense where Beason has many other talented players on his defense, yet puts up similar numbers. Beason is not a very outspoken person so for him to come out and say he got snubbed must have some merit. Guarantee if Beason went to 49ers in draft and Willis went to Panthers, Beason would be in selected for Pro Bowl every year.

  10. “He’s young, at least he’ll get one… Fletcher might not ever now!”
    He made it last year. The guy is a beast, but the NFC is loaded at ILB. Still, Beason > Vilma

  11. Why all the hate on Beason? You would be upset too if you were one of the best at you position and didn’t get rewarded for it. Just check the stats.
    Beason has 32 more tackles than Vilma. He also has more forced fumbles, fumble recoveries and sacks. They both have 3 interceptions on the year. The only category where Vilma is ahead of Beason in passes defended and he leads that by 1 pass.
    He has the same amount of total tackles as Fletcher but has more solo tackles, sacks, interceptions and passes defended than him. In fact the only category where Fletcher leads Beason is assisted tackles.
    Not to mention that the Panthers defense ranked higher than any of those other teams and Beason is the unquestioned leader of the D.
    So before you talk crap about a guy do some research and put yourself in his position.

  12. I think brian forster has it right. There’s always a few guys on (Bryant McKinnie) and off (London ” Susan Lucci” Fletcher) that are real head scratchers. Leave it to the pro’s; fans vote partly on name recognition, and if your team was bad last year, nobody gets to see your outstanding play this year.

  13. whats up with you snubbing me Smith? I have some great points these past few days. At least Florio posted everyone’s thoughts. Half of them even consisted of people calling him an idiot.
    London Fletcher son!
    HAIL SUCKA!

  14. It’s funny how big of a deal everybody makes of players making and not making the Pro Bowl, a game nobody watches or cares about.

  15. @DonTerrelli says:
    January 8, 2010 10:20 AM
    “Isn’t it pretty arrogant of a player to expect to be voted to the ProBowl?”
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    Yeah, if the player sucks it may be arrogant, but if he’s one of the better guys at his position (and Beason is) it’s not arrogant of him at all…especially the way he says he’ll use it for motivation.

  16. Panthers1…
    Wow, you’re more of a blind homer than I am.
    Panthers defense ranked higher than that of the 49ers in passing yards and total yards allowed. The 49ers defense meanwhile ranked higher than that of the Panthers in points and rushing yards allowed.
    So either the rest of the 49ers defense isn’t as much of a one man show as you would want us to think, which would make Willis’ stats worth every bit as much as Beasons…or Willis is a one man show and still leads his defense to be about as good as the more talented Panthers unit, which would imply that Willis is hell of a lot better Beason.
    So which is it?

  17. It is a snub, but not a crazy omg stop the presses snub. He has a good case but it isn’t by a landslide. Willis is a full level about the other options.
    If EJ Henderson could stay healthy for a full season he might challenge Beason for biggest snub rights. Henderson did make it as an alternate one season but only because of an injury meaning EJ was the first guy not picked.

  18. OscarMooseFarmer says:
    January 8, 2010 12:14 PM
    Panthers1…
    Wow, you’re more of a blind homer than I am.
    At least you admit to being a homer, as I am not. 49ers stats, or lack there of, are padded (should be more) by playing in the shittiest division in football.
    “or Willis is a one man show and still leads his defense to be about as good as the more talented Panthers unit”….
    You’re right-ABOUT as good. But keep at it; it will come around. lol

  19. Panthers1 says:
    January 8, 2010 10:59 AM
    “You left out the “2nd” in BEST. Willis is a one man show on the 49ers defense where Beason has many other talented players on his defense, yet puts up similar numbers. Beason is not a very outspoken person so for him to come out and say he got snubbed must have some merit. Guarantee if Beason went to 49ers in draft and Willis went to Panthers, Beason would be in selected for Pro Bowl every year.”
    Not sure I understand your logic here. Beason is a damn good MLB I’ll give him that, but Patrick Willis is a f’ing BEAST. Never forget that!! And thanks for the 1st round pick this year lol

  20. “Maybe I should work out even harder and aim for being the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and the Super Bowl MVP next year,”
    Ummm so was he not working out hard this year? What were his goals heading into 2009? To be the best ILB not to make the Pro Bowl and to be watching the playoffs from his coach?

  21. I’d be satisfied as a Dolphin fan if we had
    ONE player on our team with the heart and drive
    of Beason but we have a team of Ms. Ted Ginn’s

  22. Panthers1:
    You left out the “2nd” in BEST.
    Willis is a one man show on the 49ers defense where Beason has many other talented players on his defense, yet puts up similar numbers.
    ^^ perfect example of why fans should get no vote in the probowl

  23. SFTitan says:
    January 8, 2010 12:53 PM
    Fuji Apples are clearly better than Granny Smith
    ——————–
    Macintosh > Fuji apples SON!!!

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