Arian Foster misses out on two awards

Houston’s Arian Foster got the top awards for a running back, with a spot on the Associated Press All-Pro Team and as a starter on the AFC Pro Bowl team.

I can understand how he lost out in the FedEx ground player of the year to Jamaal Charles.

Put an award in the hands of a fan vote, and it’s a popularity contest. From there, nothing surprises. Charles had a great year with a ridiculous 6.4-yard average. But he had 230 carries compared to Foster’s 327.

And Maurice Jones-Drew, who had an excellent season and keyed the Jaguars’ best stretch of the season, won the NFL Alumni 2010 player of the year award at running back. Oddly, Foster -- the NFL’s leading rusher, leader in yards from scrimmage and top scoring non-kicker – wasn’t even nominated as one of three running backs on the ballot assembled by Bill Parcells.