A trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl should be rewarding.
For Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil, it could not have gone much worse.
Dumervil had initially been named an alternate for the Pro Bowl, which meant he would only go if another player at his position either pulled out because of injury or had to miss the game because his team made the Super Bowl.
It wasn't until after the conference championship games had been played last Sunday that the veteran found out he had been selected to his fifth Pro Bowl.
That's when things started to get crazy for the Ravens star, per Ryan Mink of the team's official website.
Even though he had already gone into "offseason mode," Dumervil was more than happy to alter his plans to take part in the Pro Bowl. But getting to Hawaii did not prove to be easy.
Dumervil first had to take a train from New York to Baltimore to get some things for his trip to Hawaii. But Winter Storm Jonas buried the Northeast in snow last weekend, which meant flying was not easy. The 32-year-old was, however, able to fly from Baltimore to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Los Angeles and then Los Angeles to Hawaii.
The good news was Dumervil escaped a historic snowstorm for a beach. The bad news was his bag didn't make it to Hawaii with him.
Here's how Dumervil explained his luggage issue, per Mink:
The bags were supposed to arrive in Hawaii by noon the next day. They didn't, and when Dumervil called, he got a, "Sir, we have a problem."
"Your bag has been checked to Japan," the Delta employee said.
"I've never been to Japan, but the [darn] bag has," Dumervil said, now with a laugh as he told the story. "I've been two days without my bags."
Dumervil had clothes and vitamins in his bag. Mink reported that during the first Pro Bowl practice, Dumervil had to frequently wipe his nose, an issue the linebacker said came about because he didn't have his vitamins.
Here's a quick recap: Dumervil had to take three planes to go from Baltimore to Hawaii, had his luggage separated from him along the way and wound up getting sick. All of those issues occurred on a trip that was supposed to be a reward for a strong season.
Good thing his bag showed up by Thursday afternoon. By now, he's had a few days to enjoy the experience.
Let's just hope his trip home goes much more smoothly.
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