The Dallas Cowboys had no Pro Bowlers for the first time since the terrible 1-15 season in 1989. Yep. Fans judged no Dallas Cowboy worthy of the 2020 Pro Bowl after the club suffered terribly in a poor season. This is the first time since then that the Cowboys have had no players selected.
However, there are still spots available in the NFL's all-star game so some of the Cowboys' players could be chosen by their peers. The NFL requires at least eight players from each team to make the trip to Hawaii for the annual Pro Bowl. A player has to be active to play in the game. If he isn't picked, he can be replaced by an alternate selected by the coaches.
Dallas has never had more than one player pick up MVP honors during a single season. Dez Bryant was given this award in 2015 after posting spectacular numbers (including setting a new career high with 112 catches) despite playing nearly one-third of his games without Jerry Jones as owner. He lost out on the honor to New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown in 2016.
The Cowboys have endured a difficult season. So it's not unexpected that they don't have a Pro Bowler. When the NFL published the AFC and NFC rosters on Monday, they joined the Jets, Bengals, Jaguars, and Panthers as the only clubs without an all-star this season. The Cowboys are one of four teams (along with the Browns, Titans, and Lions) to make the playoffs in each of the past five seasons yet still have someone missing from their roster.
Dallas has the fewest players named to any playoff team with eight. They're led by running back Ezekiel Elliott who was suspended for six games last year after violating league rules. He's still trying to prove himself after being accused of domestic violence earlier this year but he did enough this season to make the All-Pro list.
The other three starters are safety Byron Jones, cornerback Xavier Crawford, and center Travis Frederick. Jones was voted into his first Pro Bowl while Crawford and Frederick were selected for the first time in their careers.
Frederick is the only player on the Cowboys' roster who has been to at least 10 Pro Bowls during his career with the team. He started 89 consecutive games before missing the final two games of this season due to injury. He'll be 33 in February which makes him one of the oldest players on an NFL roster.
The NFL released the results of the 2021 Pro Bowl Fan Voting on Monday morning, and the Cowboys were eliminated. In reality, no Cowboys were named to the Pro Bowl. However, three players were voted in as replacements for injured teammates.
Dallas was represented by offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Will Allen and cornerback Anthony Brown. The three players received more than 100 votes from fans across the country.
Smith, who had surgery last month to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, was expected to be ready for the start of training camp next year. He was selected as one of the finalists for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award after helping anchor one of the best offensive lines in football this past season.
Allen started every game at left guard for the Cowboys this past season and was part of one of the best groups of pass protectors in the league. He was also nominated for the Walter Payton Award.
Brown was chosen by fans to replace Orlando Scandrick, who was unable to play due to a neck injury. Brown finished the 2019 season with 51 tackles, two interceptions, and 14 passes defensed. He became just the fourth player in NFL history to record at least 50 tackles, two interceptions, and 14 passes defensed in a single season.