Showing the veteran class that has been a highlight throughout his career, Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday said teammate Josh Sitton deserved the Pro Bowl honor that went to him.

Saturday was named as one of the NFC Pro Bowlers on Wednesday night, five days after he was benched. Saturday suggested right guard Josh Sitton was more deserving of an all-star honor.

Obviously, it’s always an honor,” Saturday said in comments released by the team, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Milewaukee. “Anytime you get to go to the Pro Bowl, it is an honor and you appreciate everyone – the players, coaches and fans – that voted for you. As an offensive lineman, it is nice to get the award.
 

“I am disappointed for Josh Sitton. I think he should be there. It is disappointing for me, for him. I would love to be able to pass it to him. He is a tough player and has played very well all season. I respect the heck out of the way he has played and it has been fun to play next to him.”

It’s too bad Saturday was selected when he hasn’t played to his standard this season. But it’s nice to see him handle the situation with professionalism.

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