December 29, 2009

Five Saints to Pro Bowl

Hopefully, the five Saints chosen today to the 2009-10 Pro Bowl won't play in the game.

Players on the Super Bowl contending teams are named but do not play in the Pro Bowl this year, which is played in Miami the week prior to the Super Bowl. This is a change from the usual oceanic voyage to Hawaii.

QB Drew Brees, a slam dunk choice and second in overall public voting, will start for the NFC if he is not playing in the Super Bowl. He is chosen over Brett Favre, the NFC's QB reserve.

G Jahri Evans and S Darren Sharper would also start for the NFC.

MLB Jonathan Vilma was named to the Pro Bowl as well, and the big surprise was right tackle Jon Stinchcomb, named to his first Pro Bowl. That means the right side of the Saints' offensive line, Evans and Stinchcomb, has been honored.

The Saints with five Pro Bowl players have more than all other NFC South teams combined. Only Carolina sent any players (two) this year.

Alternates have not yet been announced.

DE Will Smith was not chosen, instead Jared Allen, Julius Peppers and Trent Cole were named. Smith has more sacks than Peppers and Cole.

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