With news that Robert Griffin III had successful surgery this morning to repair his partially torn ACL and LCL muscles, it’s obvious that he won’t be playing in this year’s Pro Bowl. Instead, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be taking RGIII’s roster spot as an NFC’s first alternate quarterback.
While he wasn’t initially chosen to the Pro Bowl team, Brees will nonetheless be attending his seventh career Pro Bowl, having made it now three years running. The last year Brees didn’t play in the Pro Bowl was back in 2010 when Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and then Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb filled the three available spots. Brees did make the team that year, but McNabb was used as a replacement since Brees was a Super Bowl participant.
On the season, Brees threw for 5,177 yards, 43 touchdowns but managed a league high 19 interceptions. Despite this, he was left off the initial Pro Bowl roster in favor of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Washington’s standout rookie Robert Griffin III.
Brees will now be the third member of the 2012 New Orleans Saints to represent their team in Hawaii this year. Brees joins guard Jahri Evans and punter Thomas Morestead as Saints heading to the All-Star game.