The one member of the Green Bay Packers we felt was the team’s biggest Pro Bowl snub — no offense to Jordy Nelson — David Bakhtiari is indeed going to the Pro Bowl after all.
Bakhtiari was named the injury replacement for Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters, who is supposedly pulling out because of injury. Interesting that the Eagles’ season ended three weeks ago and Peters is just now discovering he’s injured…
But thus is the nature of the Pro Bowl. Half the guys who are elected end up not going.
You’ve heard us rant on the sham nature of this all-star game before though, so no need to get into that again.
Bakhtiari has been what now seems rare for the Green Bay Packers, this year. That is, someone who gets handed a huge contract and actually ups his level of play.
Bakhtiari anchored what was one of the best offensive lines in football. He made people forget that Lane Taylor and not Josh Sitton was playing next to him.
Bakhtiari was named second-team All Pro earlier this month, which again speaks to the sham nature of the Pro Bowl — that he’s an All Pro but not good enough to make the league’s all-star game on the first ballot. At any rate, that wrong has been corrected.
Unfortunately, Bakhtiari will be the only Packers offensive lineman in the game. Right guard T.J. Lang, who was elected to the game for the first time, will have to bow out because of the injury he suffered on Sunday.