While earning selection in the AFL’s All-Australian team is often considered something of an afterthought, players in America’s pro sports leagues consider their equivalents anything but, as the wife of NFL safety Jordan Poyer recently proved.
As the NFL edges towards the pointy of end of their coronavirus-impacted 2020/2021 season, the announcement of the two Pro-Bowl teams left the wife of the Buffalo Bills safety seeing red on Twitter.
Rachel Bush, Poyer’s wife, posted a series of tweets condemning the decision to overlook Bills safety for the 2021 Pro-Bowl - despite the 29-year-old boasting an impressive 85 solo tackles so far this season, good for fourth overall in the league.
In a series of tweets and retweets, Bush said the statistical case for her husband to be picked was being overlooked.
“Complete bs honestly,” Bush tweeted.
“As frustrating as it is yet AGAIN for Jordan and his hard work to get overlooked ... we have so much to be grateful for.
“WE know how driven and hard working he is. Most importantly how humble. Don’t need votes and the approval of others to certify that. Alive and well. Blessed.
“I could say a lot. Stats don’t lie. I swear it’s just a joke at this point. Lol over it.”
Poyer also ranked in the top 10 in the NFL for overall tackles, with 117.
The Pro-Bowl snub should do little to dampen the enthusiasm of Buffalo fans however, with the Bills winning the AFC East division for the first time in 25 years.
Cincinnati stun Pittsburgh in NFL shock
The Cincinnati Bengals dulled the Pittsburgh Steelers attack to score a 27-17 NFL win over their AFC North rivals.
The Bengals had only won twice ahead of Monday's game, while Pittsburgh took 11 straight victories but had fallen to two straight defeats.
And it became three as the Steelers offence failed to get anything going in the first half while their opponents put 17 on the board with Giovani Bernard scoring on a rush and pass play.
While Cincinnati snapped a five-game losing streak, Pittsburgh missed a chance to clinch the AFC North title.
Ben Roethlisberger led a four-play 67-yard drive, capped with a 23-yard reception to Diontae Johnson to make it 17-7, and a Chris Boswell field goal put the side within a score.
Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley had a 23-yard rushing TD early in the fourth and an Austin Seibert field goal with 16 seconds left sealed the win.
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