I was talking with Panther RB DeAngelo Williams Sunday in preparation for this column on the Panthers' Pro Bowl chances.
Williams said he "doesn't care" whether he makes the Pro Bowl or not. And while I'm sure that's not entirely true, I have admired the way all season Williams has never spoken of his own goals and only of the team's. In a 1,200-yard, 16-TD breakout year, it would have been easy for DeAngelo to become egocentric or to remind people that he sat on the bench WAY too often behind DeShaun Foster in his first two seasons here. He hasn't.
It's interesting that in our online poll, asking fans which Panther deserves the Pro Bowl the most, Williams is the current leader (as of 10:30 a.m. while I'm writing this) even over Steve Smith. I'm also surprised at how low Julius Peppers' numbers are in that poll. Check it out here.
I'll post again later today after the Pro Bowl results are announced (they officially come out at 4 p.m., although it's possible some names will leak earlier).