Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Shares Support to Robert Tonyan After Pro-Bowl Snub

Published 12/26/2020, 1:44 PM EST
Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (85) scores a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton (49) during their football game Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK


Robert Tonyan is having an excellent season for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers’ tight end is playing at a high level and has posted great numbers as the Packers have had an 11-3 record and are first in the NFC North.

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Over the course of the season, Tonyan has a total of 10 touchdowns and averages 11.2 yards per received pass. However, Tonyan was not selected to the Pro-Bowl, despite having some of the best numbers for a tight end in the NFC.

Former NFL player Pat McAfee spoke to Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers on his podcast. On the subject of Tonyan being snubbed from the Pro-Bowl, Rodgers was very sympathetic towards him.

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Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (85) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “Yeah, it would be. I mean, I haven’t talked to him about it yet. I was surprised by him not making it. Because young guys don’t make it in the year that they should make it a lot of the time.

“Because they might not have the same name recognition that is needed to get in. And you see that every single year. There are guys who make it based on meritocracy, and guys who make it based on their name recognition.” 

Rodgers against Robert Tonyan Pro-Bowl snub

Furthermore, Rodgers was shocked that a player of Tonyan’s quality and numbers did not get selected into the team this year. He even believes that Tonyan should have been a starter.

“And I don’t understand why Bob didn’t get in. In my opinion, a no-brainer, especially he plays in the NFC and there’s a lot of good tight-ends.

“Kittle, who has been out most of the season, and then Bob’s numbers – having 10 touchdowns, playing so consistently for us every week. And he might have even been a starter.”

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Rodgers shared his sympathy for Tonyan and hopes that he won’t miss out on this opportunity in the future. “Yeah, I’m bummed out for it because the individual awards do feel good. And the All-Pro is a little sweeter…

“But the pro-bowl, just for young guys being able to go out there for the first time is pretty sweet. There is no game this year, but Robert definitely deserves it.”

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However, it remains to be seen how Tonyan will perform for the Green Bay Packers in the Playoffs. The Packers are considered one of the favorites to make the Super Bowl this season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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