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Aaron Rodgers Isn’t Happy About the Pro Bowl, Sends Strong Message in Support of His Forgotten Teammate

Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP-type season for the Green Bay Packers. Because of this, he, obviously, got voted into the Pro Bowl. He still isn’t happy about the results, though. Rodgers is specifically not too pleased with how the tight end position on the NFC roster turned out, as he believes his tight end, Robert Tonyan, should have been a Pro Bowler.

The NFL released its Pro Bowl roster for the 2020 season

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The NFL released its Pro Bowl roster on Dec. 21, and Aaron Rodgers ultimately earned his ninth Pro Bowl selection. He also had several teammates earn Pro Bowl selections, including Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, Elgton Jenkins, Za’Darius Smith, David Bakhtiari, and Jaire Alexander, according to Packers.com.

However, Packers tight end Robert Tonyan didn’t make the cut.

Instead, T.J. Hockenson of the Detroit Lions and Evan Engram of the New York Giants will represent tight ends for the NFC, according to Bleacher Report.

Hockenson has caught 60 passes for 675 yards and six touchdowns through 14 games this season. Engram has caught 54 passes for 572 yards and one touchdown. 

So, how do Tonyan’s numbers compare?

Robert Tonyan has had a breakout year for the Green Bay Packers

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Tonyan wasn’t a big-time prospect coming into the NFL, but he proved that he had the potential to become a dangerous weapon in the passing game. According to Packers.com, he played wide receiver in his last three seasons at Indiana State and was the school’s all-time leader in career touchdown catches, single-season touchdown catches, and most consecutive games in which he recorded a catch.

He, however, went undrafted and signed with the Lions in May 2017. In September of that same year, though, the Lions cut him, and he ultimately joined the Packers’ practice squad in December 2017.

Tonyan first got some playing time in 2018, as he played in 16 games. He, however, only had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Then, in 2019, he just had 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.

This season, though, he has recorded 49 catches for 551 yards and an incredible 10 touchdowns. Yes, Tonyan has fewer catches and receiving yards than Hockenson and Engram, but he has a bunch more touchdowns, which is potentially a reason why he should have made the Pro Bowl.

Aaron Rodgers thinks he should have made the cut, too.

Aaron Rodgers isn’t happy about the Pro Bowl results

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Rodgers recently appeared on The Pat McAfee Show, and he reacted to Tonyan not getting into the Pro Bowl.

“There’s guys who make it based on meritocracy and guys that make it based on their name recognition,” Rodgers said on the Dec. 22 episode. “I don’t understand why Bob didn’t get in. It was, in my opinion, a no-brainer. Especially, look at the NFC, and there is a lot of good tight ends, but with [George] Kittle being out most of the season, and then Bob’s numbers this year, having 10 touchdowns and playing so consistently for us every week, I thought he might even be the starter.”

He continued: “I’m bummed out for him because the individual awards, they do feel good. … Robert definitely deserved it.”

Aaron Rodgers makes some good points, especially when looking at Tonyan’s touchdown numbers. The Packers did, though, have seven players make it, so they certainly didn’t get the short end of the stick.

Maybe, this will be extra motivation for Tonyan going into the postseason. Hockenson and Engram (most likely) won’t be playing in the playoffs, so Tonyan can ultimately prove that he is the real top tight end in the NFC this year by performing big in meaningful moments.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference