Smith is a first-time Pro Bowler in his tenth NFL season, which is rare for a player at his position. Let Smith and his Seahawks teammates tell it, though, this isn’t any surprise. They’ve known all along Smith could perform like a top-10 quarterback if put in a situation to succeed. Smith has known it for years.
He referred to himself as a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback in 2014 and his head coach mainly needed to apologize for the quarterback’s confidence, which was on the time perceived as delusion. But it surely’s that self-belief that allowed Smith to have any such season after seven years on the bench. — Dugar
Bradberry, Hargrave, worthy of selection
Eagles cornerback James Bradberry and his teammate, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, have strong cases for inclusion. Each are having fun with strong seasons for the NFL’s best team from a record standpoint. I’ll be eager about seeing how they perform against Dallas in Week 16. Bradberry lost out to the Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs in Pro Bowl balloting. They’ll each be at the identical stadium in a game Fox will broadcast nationally. — Sando
QB options within the NFC
The quarterback options within the NFC drop off so quickly this 12 months without Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady producing at their usual levels. I’d have gone with Jared Goff over Kirk Cousins for the third spot behind Hurts and Smith, who’re each deserving. But have a look at the remaining of the conference. Matthew Stafford, Kyler Murray and Dak Prescott might normally profit from Brady and Rodgers falling out of the conversation. Not this 12 months. It’s just been a rough one within the NFC. — Sando
Honor the most effective players
Does conference affiliation really mean enough for the league to distribute honors in this fashion? There isn’t even a Pro Bowl game at this point. If Tua Tagovailoa, Trevor Lawrence or Justin Herbert were within the NFC, each could be named a Pro Bowler, right? Why not honor the most effective players within the league? — Sando
- Rams DT Aaron Donald becomes the primary defensive lineman ever to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons.
- Travis and Jason Kelce each made the Pro Bowl in the identical season for the brothers’ fifth time as a pair.
- 49ers OT Trent Williams leads all players chosen for the initial roster along with his tenth Pro Bowl selection.
- 4 of the six quarterbacks chosen are age 27 or younger.
- Tagovailoa led all players in fan voting (306,861 votes), but was left off the Pro Bowl roster.
- The Jaguars and Bears are the one teams with no Pro Bowl selection.
How are the rosters chosen
Rosters are chosen based on three groups of voting: fans, players and coaches. Each category’s vote represents one third to find out the 88 pro bowlers. The NFL is the one sports league to make use of fans, players and coaches voting to find out who makes the Pro Bowl.
What’s the format of the Pro Bowl
The Pro Bowl isn’t any longer a tackle football game. The 2023 Pro Bowl will feature skills competitions throughout the week. It is going to culminate on Feb. 5 with a flag football game.
How will you watch the sport
The Pro Bowl will happen from 3 p.m. ET to six p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC.
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