There are five Detroit Lions who have a great shot at getting to their first Pro Bowl after the 2012 season.
Five Lions in the Pro Bowl? Sounds crazy, right? The last time the Lions sent five men to the Pro Bowl was 1994 when Chris Spielman, Mel Gray, Lomas Brown, Kevin Glover, Herman Moore and Barry Sanders were voted to the team in the same year.
Last year the Lions, as a team, jumped back onto the NFL radar, and with another winning season, it's possible that the perk of heading to Hawaii will be offered to Lions without the Megatron moniker.
Am I serving the cornbread? Have I tapped the Honolulu Blue Keg? Yeah, I have a firm grip on a Red Solo Cup of optimism right now and I’m buttering the bread as we speak. The 4th of July always puts me in a great mood.
To earn a trip to the island of Oahu, you don’t have to be the best at your position. The Pro Bowl is now played the week prior to the Super Bowl, so players from the NFC Champion are automatically eliminated.
Additionally, recent years have shown a dramatic increase in players passing on the offer because of injuries or pending contracts, so the opportunities to get the call have increased dramatically.
Whether you’re the first choice or the third, if you get a blue jersey with your name on it, you are an NFC Pro Bowler and there are five Lions who could get lei'd after the 2012 campaign.
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