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Arizona Cardinals have a pair of blue-collar stars, make 'All-Joe' team

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Calais Campbell and Dave Zastudil didn't make the Pro Bowl, but they did a good enough job to be considered two of the best hard working players in the NFL.


The Arizona Cardinals sent a trio of players to the Pro Bowl, but you could make the argument that two others could have been there. Patrick Peterson, Daryl Washington and Larry Fitzgerald all represented the team in Hawaii. However, punter Dave Zastudil and defensive end Calais Campbell had themselves very good year as well.. Even though they did not get to make that trip, they have been recognized by USA Today, making their "All-Joe" team.

This group of "Joes" are players who did not get the notoriety of other players, but set themselves apart from many other players because of their effort and production combined.

On Campbell:

He's not quite J.J. Watt, but Campbell is the rare 3-4 defensive end who can wreck a game. He's averaged seven sacks over the past four seasons, and his 6-8 frame plays havoc with passers and kickers.

On Zastudil, the hardest working punter in all of football in 2012:

Dropped 46 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line, a new NFL record. Despite the horrid field position Arizona often had, Zastudil didn't merely bomb away and instead maintained an excellent net (41.4 yards) while forcing a league-high 36 fair catches. And he did a lot of work, his 112 punts 21 more than anyone else last season.

I think we would have rather seen them in the Pro Bowl, but this recognition beats no recognition.

All that's missing? A few more wins, which hopefully will happen in 2013.

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