Just when you thought the post-season honors would have been done by now, along comes another All-Something Team. Many of these awards, like USA Today's All Joe Team which honored Dez Bryant, make an effort to recognize some of players who did not receive the recognition to match their 2012 performance.
In a similar effort, NFL.com just released their "All-Underrated" team for 2012, honoring those players who didn't receive the attention they deserved, and two Cowboys made their list.
The first player is Jason Hatcher, who quietly had the best season of his career, and, unnoticed by most, graded out as the sixth best defensive end (among all 3-4 and 4-3 defensive ends) in the league last year, according to Pro Football Focus.
While the rest of Dallas' defense landed in the infirmary last year, Hatcher put together a quality season from the 3-4 defensive end slot. He's really come into his own in the past two years.
The other player is inside linebacker Sean Lee, whose stellar 2012 performance was cut short by a season-ending injury:
Another fallen Cowboy, another undervalued stud. Lee got hurt early last season, but he's considered by NFL insiders to be one of the two or three best ILBs in football. Fans are catching on ... slowly.
Cowboys fans would probably disagree that either player is "underrated", but in the larger context of the NFL landscape, both probably still are somewhat underrated. So its nice to see both get some well-deserved national recognition.