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Kareem Jackson on the Pro Bowl process: “It's a joke”

With two matches remaining in the regular season 2018, Houston Texan's cornerback Kareem Jackson has already reached a career high of 82 tackles in his ninth NFL campaign. Jackson has made two interceptions, broke 14 passes, forced two fumble, recovered one and registered his second bag in his career while switching to safety when needed for NFL's 5-point defense. Based on that, the former Alabama standout thought he had a good chance of his first Pro Bowl selection. But when the election for NFL's all-star game was announced on Tuesday night, he did not. "The process, pro Bowl vote, but they come up with who they decide, it's a joke, a complete joke," Jackson said on Wednesday. "It has been this way for several years. It's a joke." AFC's Pro Bowl corners included New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore, Miami Dolphins & # 39; Xavien Howard, Jacksonville Jaguars Jalen Ramsey and Cleveland Browns "Denzel Ward. "Unfortunately I was disappointed" Jackson said . "I felt like a good year to come in. But at the end of the day there are many other guys who had big years too, it should have been in. Every year, it comes down to those who make these decisions or anything, and it's a joke. It's a joke. " 44-player rosters for AFC and NFC teams were determined by the voices of fans, coaches and players, with each group's score counting one-third in the selection process. Alabama Pro Bowlers: 4 more choices go with tide list…

With two matches remaining in the regular season 2018, Houston Texan’s cornerback Kareem Jackson has already reached a career high of 82 tackles in his ninth NFL campaign. Jackson has made two interceptions, broke 14 passes, forced two fumble, recovered one and registered his second bag in his career while switching to safety when needed for NFL’s 5-point defense.

Based on that, the former Alabama standout thought he had a good chance of his first Pro Bowl selection. But when the election for NFL’s all-star game was announced on Tuesday night, he did not.

“The process, pro Bowl vote, but they come up with who they decide, it’s a joke, a complete joke,” Jackson said on Wednesday. “It has been this way for several years. It’s a joke.”

AFC’s Pro Bowl corners included New England Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore, Miami Dolphins & # 39; Xavien Howard, Jacksonville Jaguars Jalen Ramsey and Cleveland Browns “Denzel Ward.

“Unfortunately I was disappointed” Jackson said . “I felt like a good year to come in. But at the end of the day there are many other guys who had big years too, it should have been in. Every year, it comes down to those who make these decisions or anything, and it’s a joke. It’s a joke. “

44-player rosters for AFC and NFC teams were determined by the voices of fans, coaches and players, with each group’s score counting one-third in the selection process.

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Pro Football Focus published squares that show how the Pro Bowl team would look like using player ratings for this season. Jackson rated himself as one of the AFC’s top four cornerbacks in 2018, along with Gilmore, Los Angeles Chargers & Desmond King and Denver Broncos & # 39; Chris Harris.

“It’s not painful because at the end of the day it’s just a personal goal that you reach or whatever,” Jackson said . “At the end of the day it’s a team game, so for me things happen and I’ll move on. It’s about the eagles from here. But at the end of the day I just wanted to vote my opinion about it, how I felt yesterday and I I felt like it’s a joke, the process. You guys have to go out there, spend big years, big numbers, and it’s just overlooked. You have some guys, and I’m not really sure how they sometimes come and they come in and it sucks. It’s the way it happens. Then they do it, this Pro Bowl thing. So at the end of the day it’s a joke. And it will be so is sure that it will still be so long for several years to come. “

Four Texans – Outside Line Jakeveon Clowney, Broad Receiver De André Hopkins, Inside Line Backer Benardrick McKinney and Defensive End JJ Watt – Pro Bowl Invitations Received. Jackson has alternative status for the game.

“Of course, my teammates who did, I’m definitely happy for these guys,” Jackson said . “They had a hell of years this year – and the guys who had big seasons that came in. But if you got that call and you were surprised to get what is called yourself, come on, it’s a joke.”

Seven players from Alabama colleges and colleges were selected for this season’s Pro Bowl – New York Giant Security Landon Collins (Alabama), Kansas City Chiefs Outside Linebacker Dee Ford (St. Clair County, Auburn) and Broad Receiver Tyreek Hill (West Alabama), Chicago Bears’ Security Eddie Jackson (Alabama), Atlanta Falcons Broad Receiver Julio Jones (Foley, Alabama), Baltimore Ravens Inside Linebacker CJ Mosley (Theodore, Alabama) and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (Athens).

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According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson and three other players with Alabama football crops would have been chosen – Tennessee Titans Run Derrick Henry (Alabama), Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight than OJ Howard (Autauga Academy, Alabama) and Oakland Raiders Center, Rodney Hudson (BC Rain).

Pro Bowl is played at 2:00 on January 27 at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Jackson’s focus is now on Sunday game against the eagles at noon CST Sunday at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

At 10-4, Texans had to finish a playoff dock and secure the AFC South title with a victory on Sunday. If New England Patriots lose to Buffalo Bills, Houston would also earn a first round in the postseason.



Houston Texan cornerback Kareem Jackson breaks up a passport intended for Cleveland Brown’s wide recipient Antonio Callaway during a NFL game on December 2, 2018 at the NRG Stadium in Houston. (AP Photo / Sam Craft) Sam Craft

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1 .

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