8 NFL Players Who Made the 2011 Pro Bowl Based on Name Recognition

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8 NFL Players Who Made the 2011 Pro Bowl Based on Name Recognition
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Every year the NFL Pro Bowl is supposed to be a pleasant way to reminisce about the season behind us as we watch the best of the AFC square off against the best of the NFC.

Unfortunately, since Pro Bowl selection is based on a voting process by the fans, the coaches and the actual NFL players, there’s a lot of subjectivity about who gets to go. The players who make it to the Pro Bowl aren’t always representative of the best that their respective conferences have to offer.

The rosters for the upcoming 2012 Pro Bowl game have recently been announced, and as always, it’s a star-studded list. Many of those guys deserve the accolades, but not all of them.

Some of the Pro Bowl selectees are wrapping up seasons that are, quite frankly, not good enough. These guys are pretty good, but they’re certainly not representative of the best the NFL has to offer.

Given the way the voting works, there’s a good chance that these guys have achieved a Pro Bowl invitation based more on their name recognition value than on the actual body of their work in 2011.

Who has ridden their good name to the Pro Bowl this year? Did they take a spot away from someone whose play merited it more? Keep clicking to find out.

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