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NFL Pro Bowl 2011: Tony Gonzalez, Nnamdi Asomugha, DeSean Jackson Three Golden Bears Selected; Aaron Rodgers Snubbed?

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Three California Golden Bears were selected for the Pro Bowl. But perhaps the most prominent Golden Bear in the NFL got overlooked.

Tony Gonzalez was selected to the Pro Bowl for the twelfth time, besting Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers and Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys for the starting spot. It's hard to figure out the deciding factor--Davis certainly was one of the toughest covers in the NFC.

Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl berth despite not picking off a single pass--that's how good he is. DeSean Jackson being selected for his second straight Pro Bowl isn't much of a surprise either; he's been the primary target of Michael Vick for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his walkoff punt return last week against the Giants pretty much solidified his spot as starting wide receiver.

One big question remains: Where's Aaron Rodgers? Behind Vick is probably a given, but Drew Brees and Matt Ryan beating him out? Ryan has had some impressive comebacks this seasons, but Rodgers has been better statistically in almost every category. Same goes for Brees. It's a quizzical omission.

Of course, if one of those three quarterbacks end up in the Super Bowl, Rodgers will probably get alternated in. On the other hand, I'm sure Rodgers would prefer to play in Dallas rather than Honolulu.