By Christopher Frangolini
In the midst of his best campaign of his career, running back LeGarrette Blount is helping lead the Patriots to a new brand of New England football.
In 14 games thus far, he’s rushed for 1,060 yards on 265 carries (4.0 average) and a franchise-record 15 touchdowns, surpassing Hall of Famer Curtis Martin who rushed for 14 touchdowns twice (1995, 96) with the Patriots.
He’s given the team their first 1,000 rusher since Stevan Ridley in 2012 (1,263 yards, 12 touchdowns) and he’s seventh in the league in rushing (first in touchdowns).
Packaged with a 39 year-old Tom Brady, Blount has helped fuel the Patriots to a 12-2 record, another AFC East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
So when the 2017 Pro Bowl rosters were announced on Tuesday, it was to much surprise that Blount had been left off.
Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell (1,146 yards, 6 touchdowns), Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray (1,224 yards, 9 touchdowns) and Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (1,129 yards, 12 touchdowns) were selected on behalf of the AFC.
That’s a talented group of running backs and they’re all worthy of the Pro Bowl selections. But they couldn’t add one more running back? A running back who has four 100-yard games and has found the end zone in all but three games?
— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) December 21, 2016
During Brady’s four-game suspension to start the season, Blount racked up 352 yards and four touchdowns, helping the team start 3-1.
In the end, it’s just an unnecessary accolade and Blount or coach Bill Belichick or any other Patriot will tell you that it does not matter and that they have their sights set on bigger goals.
Does anybody even watch the Pro Bowl anyway?