The Pro Bowl Committee is finally showing the Arizona Cardinals a little love this year by selecting 10 of the Redbirds to play as either starters or reserves in this year's game.
This is double the Cards presence on last year's team, when five Arizona players -- namely Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner -- got the nod for what is essentially the NFL's all-star game.
Nearly winning the Super Bowl last year may have had a little something to do with the committee's choices this year.
Fitzgerald will be heading to Miami this January for this year's game, and joining him in starting roles will be defensived end Darnell Dockett, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and strong safety Adrian Wilson.
Going to the game as alternates are Kurt Warner, Levi Brown, Antrel Rolle, punter Ben Graham, "special teamer" and concussion expert (he's had quite a few) Sean Morey, and kicker Neil Rackers.
The game will be at Dolphins Stadium in Miami on January 31, a week before the Super Bowl.
The decision to hold the Pro Bowl -- which is usually played after the season is over -- before the Super Bowl was made after last year's event. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hopes that by holding the game -- which, historically, nobody has really given a shit about -- during Super Bowl week, will make it seem more relevant and exciting.
While it is quite an honor to get a Pro Bowl nod, we can only assume that should the Cards return to the Super Bowl, players won't be participating in the meaningless game. Fortunately, they'll only have to deal with that problem if they get back to the Super Bowl.
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