The Giants released some quotes from their Pro Bowlers, including Shaun O’Hara who was selected for the honor despite missing nine games this season.
“I missed some games this year, so this is strange for me in that aspect,” O’Hara said. “I didn’t really expect it this year because of the time that was missed. So it’s a very unexpected honor.”
We made a stink here, not so much about O’Hara getting in – players often make the Pro Bowl not on that particular season but on past bodies of work, as Chris Snee pointed out when he recalled being an alternate behind Larry Allen in 2007 when Allen played in five games – but about the snub of guy who played center while O’Hara was out. That’s Rich Seubert, who wasn’t even an alternate. O’Hara apparently felt that way, too.
“Rich Seubert is the guy who to me has been our MVP this year,” O’Hara said. “The things he’s been able to do, coming back from shoulder surgery last year and seamlessly moving to center when I missed time. I think he did a great job. He really deserves a lot more credit than he gets.”
Both Snee and O’Hara, who were named to the team, noted that offensive linemen in particular owe a lot to their group when they receive individual honors.
“As an offensive lineman, I take more pride in recognition for our offensive line group and more importantly for our team,” O’Hara said. “This is an award for the five offensive linemen. It’s for the guys that I play with and not just me.”