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Drew Brees Added To 2015 Pro Bowl Roster

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Brees will replace Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the Pro Bowl, which will be in Arizona this year.

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From the Saints official site:

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been named to the 2015 Pro Bowl squad, it was announced by the Saints and the National Football League Friday, Jan. 9. It is Brees' ninth Pro Bowl selection overall and his eighth as a member of the Saints. Brees surpasses former Saints Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle William Roaf (seven) with the most selections in franchise history. It is Brees' seventh consecutive selection, dating to the 2008 season, tying him with Roaf for the most consecutive Pro Bowl selections in team records.

Brees, 6 feet, 209 pounds, completed his 14th NFL season and ninth with the Saints. He started all 16 games in 2014 for the fifth consecutive season and completed 456-of-659 passes (69.2 percent) for 4,952 yards with 33 touchdown passes and a 97.0 passer rating, finishing the season ranked first in the league in completions and attempts, tied for first in passing yardage, ranked second in completion percentage, tied for fifth in touchdown passes and ranked sixth in passer rating. In tying for the league lead in passing yardage for the fifth time in his career, Brees is now tied with Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino for the most passing yardage titles in league history.

Not sure if he has already confirmed with them that he chooses to attend, but I assume he will. With the Pro Bowl not taking place in beautiful Hawaii this year, there's not nearly as much incentive for a player to go. The last time the NFL chose to have the Pro Bowl at the Super Bowl site, so many players backed out that they were basically naming anyone they could get to go participate in the meaningless exhibition game. But, players who participate will get paid a tidy sum, so I guess there's that incentive.

This Saints fan would rather Brees and Jimmy Graham both sit out so they won't risk an injury. I don't mind not seeing a Saints player at the Pro Bowl. The only other Saint named to the Pro Bowl was guard Jahri Evans, who has already declined due to minor surgery just undertaken to repair an undisclosed injury.