When the Pro Bowl rosters were announced back in December, there were no members of the Seattle Seahawks on the offensive side of the football. All universe linebacker Bobby Wagner and rookie punting phenom Michael Dickson made it for the Hawks, but the offense was not scheduled to be represented in Orlando. Until Wednesday when that changed.
Pro Bowl alert! Congratulations to @DangeRussWilson, who has been named to this year's game!— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 9, 2019
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Russell Wilson will be joining Dickson and Wagner in sunny Florida for the Pro Bowl festivities, as he was named to the NFC squad as an injury replacement for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers withdrew from the game due to injury, and so Wilson will be stepping in to take his place.
Wilson, will be making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance, though he is credited with having six Pro Bowl selections due to the fact that he was an alternate in 2014. However, in 2014 when the league did away with the AFC-NFC designations and used an unconferenced format, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was unable to play in the game because his presence was necessary for Super Bowl XLIX. That gave Wilson the opportunity to appear in the game, however, he was also required for a game that was scheduled to be played in Glendale, AZ but never actually took place as best as I can tell. Thus, as he was also unavailable, the NFL sent in some schlubs like Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton.
In any case, there still is not a lot of reason for fans to actually watch the Pro Bowl, but if you are so inclined to do so, at least there is one more Seahawk to root for while doing so.