Although the Pro Bowl itself often draws plenty of criticism, there's no question that being named a participant remains a great honor.
With the voting process no longer based solely on which biased fanbase can press F5 on their computers faster—selections are weighed evenly between fan, coach and player voting—we are beginning to see more deserving players recognized. The system still isn't perfect, and there will always be a handful of snubs, but the talent among this year's roster speaks for itself.
Here's a look:
|2015 Pro Bowl Player Pool|
|QB||Tom Brady, NE||Andrew Luck, Ind||Peyton Manning, Den|
|Tony Romo, Dal||Ben Roethlisberger, Pit||Aaron Rodgers, GB|
|RB||Le'Veon Bell, Pit||Jamaal Charles, KC||Arian Foster, Hou|
|Marshawn Lynch, Sea||LeSean McCoy, Phi||DeMarco Murray, Dal|
|FB||John Kuhn, GB||Marcel Reece, Oak|
|WR||Antonio Brown, Pit||Dez Bryant, Dal||A.J. Green, Cin|
|T.Y. Hilton, Ind||Calvin Johnson, Det||Julio Jones, Atl|
|Jordy Nelson, GB||Demaryius Thomas, Den|
|TE||Jimmy Graham, NO||Rob Gronkowski, NE||Julius Thomas, Den|
|Greg Olsen, Car|
|OT||Ryan Clady, Den||Tyron Smith, Dal||Trent Williams, Was|
|Joe Thomas, Cle||Joe Staley, SF||Jason Peters, Phi|
|C||Travis Frederick, Dal||Jason Kelce, Phi||Nick Mangold, NYJ|
|Maurkice Pouncey, Pit|
|OG||Jahri Evans, NO||Mike Iupati, SF||Kyle Long, Chi|
|Zack Martin, Dal||Marshal Yanda, Bal||Josh Sitton, GB|
|DE||Calais Campbell, Ari||Mario Williams, Buf||J.J. Watt, Hou|
|DeMarcus Ware, Den||Cameron Wake, Mia||Robert Quinn, STL|
|DT||Marcell Dareus, Buf||Aaron Donald, STL||Gerald McCoy, TB|
|Kyle Williams, Buf||Ndamukong Suh, Det||Dontari Poe, KC|
|OLB||Connor Barwin, Phi||Elvis Dumervil, Bal||Tamba Hali, KC|
|Justin Houston, KC||Clay Matthews, GB||Von Miller, Den|
|ILB||Luke Kuechly, Car||C.J. Mosley, Bal||Bobby Wagner, Sea|
|Lawrence Timmons, Pit|
|CB||Vontae Davis, Ind||Brent Grimes, Mia||Joe Haden, Cle|
|Chris Harris, Den||Aqib Talib, Den||Richard Sherman, Sea|
|Darrelle Revis, NE||Patrick Peterson, Ari|
|S||Kam Chancellor, Sea||Tashaun Gipson, Cle||Eric Weddle, SD|
|T.J. Ward, Den||Earl Thomas, Sea||Glover Quin, Det|
|K||Stephen Gostkoswki, NE||Adam Vinatieri, Ind|
|P||Kevin Huber, Cin||Pat McAfee, Ind|
|PR||Devin Hester, Atl||Darren Sproles, Phi|
|ST||Justin Bethel, Ari||Matthew Slater, NE|
|2015 Pro Bowl Alternates|
|Arizona||WR Larry Fitzgerald||CB Antonio Cromartie|
|Baltimore||RB Justin Forsett||OLB Terrell Suggs||P Sam Koch|
|PR Jacoby Jones||FB Kyle Juszczyk|
|Denver||WR Emmanuel Sanders||RB C.J. Anderson|
|Detroit||WR Golden Tate||LB DeAndre Levy||QB Matthew Stafford|
|S James Ihedigbo|
|Green Bay||OT David Bakhtiari||OG T.J. Lang||RB Eddie Lacy|
|WR Randall Cobb||LB Julius Peppers||CB Sam Shields|
|CB Tramon Williams|
|Houston||T Duane Brown||WR DeAndre Hopkins||C Chris Myers|
|Indianapolis||S Mike Adams||ILB D'Qwell Jackson|
|Jacksonville||DT Sen'Derrick Marks|
|New York Giants||WR Odell Beckham Jr.||DE Jason Pierre-Paul|
|New York Jets||OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson||RB Chris Ivory||DE Sheldon Richardson|
|DT Muhammad Wilkerson|
|Oakland||S Charles Woodson||OLB Khalil Mack|
|Philadelphia||K Cody Parkey||OG Evan Mathis||S Chris Maragos|
|WR Jeremy Maclin||DT Fletcher Cox|
|San Diego||TE Antonio Gates||ST Darrell Stucky||QB Philip Rivers|
|San Francisco||S Antoine Bethea||OG Alex Boone||ILB Chris Borland|
|RB Frank Gore||DT Justin Smith|
|Seattle||DE Michael Bennett||K Steven Hauschka||OT Russell Okung|
|C Max Unger||QB Russell Wilson|
|Tampa Bay||LB Lavonte David|
|Washington||OLB Ryan Kerrigan||RB Alfred Morris|
For decades, the quality of the Pro Bowl game has been undeniably lacking. With player interest dropping each year, games became embarrassingly non-competitive. I mean, look at this garbage:
The addition of a "fantasy draft" last year, however, seemed to spark a change. With no more NFC and AFC teams, with a couple of boisterous Hall of Famers serving as captains and with teammates suddenly pitted against teammates, the competitiveness rose significantly.
After three straight years of games featuring 90 or more combined points, Team Jerry Rice edged Team Deion Sanders last year in a drama-filled 22-21 contest.
This year, the captains will be Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, and both seem intent on continuing the high level of involvement and competitiveness.
Added Carter: "Last year, players really seemed to be excited about the new rules and the Pro Bowl Draft format. I'm excited to be a part of it this year."
The next step in this process—you know, after the endless debates over snubs, undeserving players and why the NFL hates everyone—will be the draft on January 20 and 21.
The pool of available players will look much different by then, as the exclusion of conference championship participants and injured players will open up opportunities for those who narrowly missed out on a selection on Tuesday.
No matter what the final rosters look like, though, the improved format and influx of talent should produce another entertaining showcase.