New York Giants’ S Antrel Rolle will take Earl Thomas’s spot in the Pro Bowl due to the Seahawk’s Super Bowl appearance.
Antrel Rolle had an amazing season for the Giants this year, arguably the best of his career. Rolle led the team in solo tackles (80), total tackles (98), and interceptions (6). Not only did he lead his team, but his total tackles and interceptions tally were career highs.
It was definitely one of my best years. Not so much for the big plays I made, but for being a very, very consistent player at whatever position I’m asked to play.”
This consistency is that Rolle speaks of was very crucial to a Giants’ secondary which was surprisingly one of the best statistical defensive backfield’s in the NFL. Big Blue’s defense, anchored by Antrel Rolle, ranked 10th in total pass defense, tied for 7th in passing touchdowns allowed, and allowed the 6th lowest passer rating to opposing quarterbacks in the NFL.
Although Antrel Rolle was obviously not responsible for every positive play for New York’s defense, in a way he was. With a secondary that was depleted with injuries, Rolle was one of the few players to play all 16 games this year. His consistency and leadership was something players looked up to, and perhaps without his presence the defense would not have performed to the high level it did.
Because of Earl Thomas and the Seahawks’ Super Bowl appearance, the Giants avoid not having any Pro Bowlers for the first time since 1996. However, the Giants still manage to only send one player to the Pro Bowl, something that has not happened since Osi Umenyiora was the lone member of the team sent to Hawaii in 2007. Perhaps this is a testament to how poor this season was for the New York Giants, and how much they need to improve.
Antrel Rolle, now 31 years old, will be making his third Pro Bowl appearance in his career, and his first since 2010.