I like to follow Pitt players in their pro careers, so when the NFL Pro Bowl rosters were released today, I was glad to see Darrelle Revis' name on the AFC list.
Revis made the cut even though he had arguably his worst season of his young career. There's still one more game to be played, but to this point in the season, he's failed to record a single interception and has only 32 tackles and 10 pass deflections - both career lows. You can look at it and argue that teams are afraid to throw his way, but not even a single interception? Even when teams used to avoid Deion Sanders, he still managed to pick off a few. So this pick could be one more on reputation than anything else.
And just when he was becoming a household name last year, there was the somewhat ugly contract squabble early this season, which may have hurt his reputation. Still, hard to throw dirt on his career when it's not even four years old yet.
Larry Fitzgerald, who had been developing into one of the league's best receivers, also had a down year by his standards. Through 15 games, he 'only' has 79 catches and about 1,000 yards receiving with five touchdowns. Those numbers would be considered pretty good by most standards, but when you put up three 1,400 yard seasons, it's probably a bit of a disappointment. But if you watched even one Cardinals game this year, you know Fitz wasn't to blame. The team had three quarterbacks and the best of the bunch was Derek Anderson. He only completed about 50% of his passes and threw seven TDs to ten INTs, so that gives you an idea of what Fitzgerald was working with.
He's only 27 and if he ever gets another QB near the caliber of Kurt Warner, those numbers will go back up.