Safety Antrel Rolle was a tremendous bright spot during an otherwise abysmal 2013 season for the New York Giants. He went above and beyond, leaving it all out on the field each week, proving that he earned the right to be named a team captain. It's for that reason his 2014 Pro Bowl snub was such a difficult pill to swallow.
“Tell me which safety has better numbers and made more game changing plays than me this year? I’ll wait!” Rolle tweeted after his Pro snub. “This Pro Bowl shit is a joke. … That’s why I play for myself, teammates, organization, family and fans. Nothing else matters. All this has done is added more fuel to my fire!”
But, as the saying goes, what's meant to be will be. And while he wasn't originally named to the Pro Bowl, instead being listed as a second alternate, he's going to be headed to Hawaii anyway.
With the Seattle Seahawks now on their way to Super Bowl XLVIII where they'll take on the Denver Broncos, safety Earl Thomas is no longer eligible to play in the league's all-star game. As such, Rolle now gets the call and will be Big Blue's lone representative this weekend at the Pro Bowl, where he'll be making his third appearance.
“It’s never been about going to Hawaii,” Rolle told Giants.com on Monday. “I’ve been to Hawaii before. I’ve enjoyed the festivities, I’ve enjoyed the honor of being a Pro Bowl safety, a Pro Bowl player. That was never what it was about. It was always about getting what I very well deserved and what I accomplished throughout the year and going out there and representing my team, the New York Giants.”
“It means everything to go out there and represent your team. We didn’t have the best season. So to go out there and represent my team and to be solidified as a Pro Bowl safety speaks volumes for myself as well as the organization.”
In addition to the Pro Bowl, Rolle was named a Second Team All-Pro by the AP and voted onto ESPN All-NFC East Team alongside teammates Will Hill, Justin Tuck and Cullen Jenkins. He will also receive the Thurman Munson Award at a New York City Gala in February.
Rolle's Pro Bowl appearance will also be good for his bank account, as the veteran safety had a $100,000 Pro Bowl clause written into his contract.
This year will mark the first time the Giants have a sole representative at the Pro Bowl since 2007, when defensive end Osi Umenyiora flew solo.
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