On Monday, a great injustice in the NFL was reversed, as the San Francisco 49ers are sending their ninth player to the 2012 Pro Bowl, and there's not a more deserving candidate out there. Long snapper Brian Jennings was named the NFC's "need" player by the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff. Truly, he is the best player to don the red and gold over the last 12 seasons.
In all seriousness, Jennings has been recognized among the elite long snappers in the NFL, and this marks only his second trip to the Pro Bowl, and his first since 2004. He's certainly long overdue for a return, so it's good to see him make it, though he most definitely is wishing he were playing in a ... slightly more important game instead.
Jennings has been snapping to some great players of late, and he'll join punter Andy Lee and kicker David Akers in Honolulu to complete the 49ers core special teams unit that was certainly the best in the NFL in 2011. Akers set a league record for field-goal attempts, field goals made and points by a kicker. He also broke the 49ers franchise record for points by any player in a single season.