Making the Pro Bowl is becoming somewhat of a dubious distinction.
On one hand, you still need talent and achieving a Pro Bowl nod is still respected around NFL locker rooms.
On the other hand, so many players who are battling existing injuries, concerned about new injuries, busy with the playoffs, and just don't want to go, are bailing out of the Pro Bowl in record numbers.
This means that some of the players who wind up playing in the game aren't quite the star-studded entrants the game is supposed to showcase.
Still, making the Pro Bowl is a sign that you have arrived as an elite NFL player. Clearly, last year, Ray Rice arrived when he rushed for 1,339 yards on 254 carries (5.3 yards per carry) and scored seven touchdowns in just his second year in the league. As a result, he earned his first of what should be many trips to the Pro Bowl.
This article will give a brief description of 20 possible candidates to make their first trip to professional football's all-star game for the 2010-2011 season.
Obviously, all of these players won't make it, and remember, it's hard to crack into the Pro Bowl lineup at certain positions. For example, good luck breaking into the AFC lineup at cornerback with Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Champ Bailey almost mortal locks to make the roster annually.
But, in any case, here we go...