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Let’s Examine How Much of a Joke the Pro Bowl is One More Time

Pro Bowl practice

Want a laugh? Take a look at the Pro Bowl rosters.

One of the reasons the game is a joke is because half the guys who get selected to play in it (supposedly each conference’s best at their position) end up dropping out. For starters, guys on the Super Bowl teams don’t play and then guys who are injured start to drop out.

And you get this… a game pitting the second, third and fourth-best players at their positions against each other, minus any players from the two best teams. Woooooooo!

Guys crossed out won’t be playing for one reason or another. Their replacements are at the end of their respective lines.

Quarterback — Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Robert Griffin III, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson
Running Back — Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Frank Gore, Doug Martin
Fullback — Jerome Felton
Receiver — Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Victor Cruz, Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson
Tight End — Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Kyle Rudolph
Tackle — Joe Staley, Russell Okung, Trent Williams, Jermon Bushrod, Matt Kalil
Guard — Mike Iupati, Jahri Evans, Chris Snee, Josh Sitton
Center — Max Unger, Jeff Saturday

Defensive End — Jason Pierre-Paul, Julius Peppers, Jared Allen
Defensive Tackle — Justin Smith, Henry Melton, Gerald McCoy, Ndamukong Suh
Outside Linebacker — Aldon Smith, DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews, Chad Greenway, Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer
Inside Linebacker — Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Daryl Washington, London Fletcher
Cornerback — Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Patrick Peterson
Free Safety — Dashon Goldson, Earl Thomas, Thomas DeCoud
Strong Safety — Donte Whitner, William Moore

Punter — Thomas Morstead
Kicker — Blair Walsh
Kick Returner — Leon Washington
Special Teamer — Lorenzo Alexander
Long Snapper — Don Muhlbach

Quarterback — Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Matt Schaub, Andrew Luck
Running Back — Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, C.J. Spiller
Fullback — Vonta Leach, Marcel Reece
Receiver — A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas
Tight End — Rob Gronkowski, Heath Miller, Jermaine Gresham, Owen Daniels
Tackle — Joe Thomas, Duane Brown, Ryan Clady, Andrew Whitworth
Guard — Logan Mankins, Marshal Yanda, Wade Smith, Richie Incognito, Zane Beadles
Center — Maurkice Pouncey, Chris Myers

Defensive End — J.J. Watt, Cameron Wake, Elvis Dumervil
Defensive Tackle — Geno Atkins, Vince Wilfork, Haloti Ngata, Randy Starks, Kyle Williams
Outside Linebacker — Von Miller, Tamba Hali, Robert Mathis, Justin Houston
Inside Linebacker — Jerod Mayo, Derrick Johnson
Cornerback — Champ Bailey, Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Cromartie
Free Safety — Ed Reed, Jairus Byrd
Strong Safety — Eric Berry, LaRon Landry

Punter — Dustin Colquitt
Kicker — Phil Dawson
Kick Returner — Jacoby Jones, Josh Cribbs
Special Teamer — Matthew Slater
Long Snapper — John Denney

Now that you’ve perused that joke of a roster, we’ll let you in on an even bigger joke.

Here are the teams who currently have the most Pro Bowlers.


  1. Minnesota (7)
  2. Seattle (6)
  3. Chicago/New Orleans (4)
  4. Atlanta/Arizona/New York/Washington/Tampa Bay (3)
  5. Green Bay/Detroit/Dallas (2) 


  1. Houston (9)
  2. Kansas City (6)
  3. Denver (5)
  4. Miami/Cincinnati (4)
  5. Buffalo/Cleveland/Indianapolis (3)
  6. New England/New York (2)
  7. Pittsburgh/Oakland (1)

As you can see, six teams that missed the NFC playoffs currently have more Pro Bowlers than the Green Bay Packers. In the AFC, Kansas City somehow has the second-most Pro Bowlers — more than Denver, the team that won their division.

Oh, and if you were unaware, the Chiefs will be picking first in the NFL Draft because of their two-win season. Clearly, loaded with talent.

You know this will be an exciting game. Just ask Josh Sitton, one of the Packers two Pro Bowl reps.


Ah, so the guys there are going out and getting pissed up every night. Super!

The Pro Bowl is this weekend. Be sure to tune in if you’re looking for some quality fourth-rate football!

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.


1 Comment

  1. Elliot January 27, 2013

    All the players in the Pro Bowl are pros. Watching it is voluntary.