GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jeff Saturday has had a very good NFL career. This season, however, the 14-year veteran center struggled to the point that he was replaced in the Packers' starting lineup two games before the playoffs.
But that didn't stop fans, players and coaches from voting Saturday into the Pro Bowl.
While the NFL's annual Pro Bowl game frequently rewards the more recognizable names around the league, the selection of Saturday for the sixth time in his career was certainly puzzling.
"I will say this for Jeff Saturday You don't ever apologize for anything in this league," coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "Everything is earned. He was voted in by the fans, his peers and coaches, so that's the process."
Sure, the fans did vote for Saturday more than any other NFC center, but those votes only account for one-third of the final ruling. It's the votes from the coaches and players -- totaling the other two-thirds -- that gave Saturday the nod for this year's Pro Bowl roster.