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Richard Sherman lobbies for Bobby Wagner and Brandon Mebane in Pro Bowl

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman started a lobbying campaign Wednesday for Pro Bowl votes.

Not for himself. Richard Sherman said two of his defensive teammates -- middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane -- don't get the recognition they deserve.

"Bobby is having an incredible year," Sherman said. "So voters, everybody out there, Bobby Wagner is a Pro-Bowl player. He should be in the Defensive Player of the Year race as well."

Sherman also made a case for Mebane.

"C'mon, this is probably a three-years running Pro-Bowl snub," Sherman said of Mebane. "He is like the engine that helps our defense go. Brandon does not move. He's an immovable object out there and he does a fantastic job with his hands.

"He's an incredibly technical player in his movements and everything he does. He's rarely out of position and he's rarely out of the play. You rarely see a defensive tackle running making tackles on the sideline, or [making] tackles on screen plays. He does all that. But once again, he's overlooked because I guess he's not a big sack-total guy. He's just a guy that does his job incredibly well week in and week out."

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll seconded the motion.

"Brandon may be playing the best he's played," Carroll said Wednesday. "He may be at the top of his game right now."

Mebane chuckled when he heard Sherman said he was a Pro Bowler.

"Well, that's his opinion, but if you look at Wikipedia it's not on there," Mebane said smiling. "I don't care. I just want to stay healthy and put my kids through private schools. At the end of the day, we win. That's all that matters to me. I don't do nothing but come to work. I don't care about the publicity."

Wagner said he doesn't care, either.

"As long as these guys in this locker room respect me, that's all I need," Wagner said.

Wagner, who leads the team in tackles with 43 and had a sack Monday night, was more interested in praising Mebane.

"He's the reason why I make plays," Wagner said. "I'm surprised no one noticed how well he's playing. It's crazy he doesn't get the recognition."

Mebane only has six tackles, but that's misleading. He often occupies two blockers, clogs the middle and enables the linebackers to make tackles.

That was Wagner's point, but most of the praise for the Seahawks defense has gone to the Legion of Boom secondary. Sherman was asked if he feels guilty about how that causes other players of the defense to get overlooked.

"No, not at all," he said. "We're not the ones overlooking them. I feel like they deserve a lot more credit than they've been given. I felt like Bobby had a Pro Bowl season last year with the turnovers he created, the sacks, and the tackles. There were other guys in the Pro Bowl with similar or less stats than he had. For him not to get the nod was kind of weird."