Despite all the offseason discussion and criticism surrounding the NFL's all-star game, there will be one played next year. The NFL has announced that the Pro Bowl will be played in Hawaii on Jan. 27, 2013, which is the week before the Super Bowl.
What's baffling though is that no steps whatsoever seem to be planned to make the game more competitive. It's one of the NFL's worst kept secrets that the Pro Bowl is a joke, basically a relaxed flag football game played at half-speed by whichever of the NFL's elite and sort of elite players feel inclined to travel to Hawaii.
But then again, last year's Pro Bowl did average a respectable 12.5 million viewers, so maybe that explains the NFL's reluctance to change.
While it is a certainty that many players named to the Pro Bowl won't be there, it's still a tremendous honor, especially for those new players who get to make the trip for the first time in their career.
Over the past few years the Baltimore Ravens have been among the league leaders in Pro Bowl players. With that trend likely continuing in 2012, here are five players that could make their first Pro Bowl this year.