C.J. Spiller says Pro Bowl snub 'not going to take away' from breakthrough season

The Clemson Sports Blog

Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller (28) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs' during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller (28) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs' during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Back in 2009, when C.J. Spiller didn't win the Heisman Trophy, someone created a Facebook page - 'C.J. Spiller Got Snubbed, And We Don't Like It' - to express their ire.

The page, dormant since then, picked a new 'follower' yesterday.

C.J., it seems, has been snubbed again.

Spiller leads the NFL in yards per carry, and has a chance on Sunday to set a new single-season record in that category. He ranks third among NFL running backs in yards from scrimmage.

But when selections for the NFL Pro Bowl were announced Wednesday, Spiller's name wasn't called.

Somehow, that seems about right given the landscape of Spiller's third NFL season - a year in which his production was unmatched, but his touches were limited while he split backfield time with teammate Fred Jackson.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman listed Spiller as one of a handful of notable Pro Bowl 'snubs' on Wednesday:

"Not only does the guy rank third in the AFC in yards from scrimmage, but he averages an astounding 6.48 yards per carry, and if that sounds like a lot it is. It's the highest rushing average through the first 15 games of an NFL season since 1960," Freeman wrote. "I know, I know, you can make a case for Kansas City's Jamaal Charles, too, because ... well, because he leads the AFC in yards from scrimmage and produced more 100-yard games (7). Besides, he made it.

"But Charles is hit and miss. When he hits, he hits big. He has three touchdown runs of 80 or more yards this season and two games where he eclipsed 225. But when he misses? Well, he misses big, too. I count three games with 10 or fewer yards rushing and another two with no more than 40. Spiller split carries with Fred Jackson for part of the season, and that kept his numbers down, but when the Bills put the ball in his hands he was explosive -- averaging 7 yards per touch (rushing and receiving). Spiller could only do what he could do when the Bills called his number ... which wasn't often enough. But when he was called he delivered."

The Buffalo News notes that Spiller was beaten out by Houston's Arian Foster, Baltimore's Ray Rice and Charles.

Spiller told the newspaper that while he's disappointed, “It’s not going to take away from what me and the offensive line and the guys that were blocking were able to do this year."

Spiller ranks third in the AFC in combined rushing and receiving yards (1,572), behind Charles and Rice. But Spiller is fifth in the conference in rushing yards, behind Charles, Foster, New England’s Stevan Ridley and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson.

Spiller told the Bills' official website that an attitude adjustment has helped him achieve what he has this season. "I just try to just play football and just have fun while I’m doing it, that’s really been the biggest difference this year why I have been able to do what I’ve been doing," Spiller said.

He'll play the Bills' meaningless final game on Sunday with a professional mind-set.

"This is what I got drafted to do, go out and try to win ball games," he said. "I know we aren’t playing for anything, but there is still another team on our schedule and I expect for me and my teammates to go out there and give a great effort and try to come away with a win."

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