Does a Pro Bowl Berth Mean Anything?
The NFL announced that Young will replace the "injured" Philip Rivers on the AFC roster. It's safe to say that Rivers would be playing this weekend if the Chargers had beaten the Jets. Matt Schaub has also replaced the "injured" Tom Brady on the roster. Brady was banged up, but like Rivers, he'd be playing if it was a game that mattered.
Young made the roster because Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer, the second and third alternates, turned down the spot because of their own injuries. If Peyton Manning makes it to the Super Bowl, he'll be out too, which means that the AFC will be playing the eighth-best quarterback in a 16-team conference--being average earns a Pro Bowl spot.
And hey if Kyle Orton, Chad Henne, David Garrard turn down the honor, maybe we can see the JaMarcus Russell in the Pro Bowl--a fan can dream. There's not really that much the NFL can do--any quarterback who's played a full season can somewhat justifiably beg out of the Pro Bowl because of injuries. And quite clearly, NFL quarterbacks don't really care about playing in the Pro Bowl, so we'll keep seeing players add Pro Bowl to their resume, whether they were the best quarterback in the league or a little bit better than average.