Jaguars quarterback David Garrard received a phone call inviting him to play in the Pro Bowl.
Yes, David Garrard. With an 83.7 passer rating, 15 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Garrard will be at the game, and he’ll be playing in it.
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports that the league will announce on Monday that Garrard will join the roster, taking the place of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
So it’ll be an AFC South affair, with Matt Schaub of the Texans starting, and Vince Young of the Titans and Garrard backing him up.
Garrard was at least the seventh choice for a roster spot, after Manning, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, Schaub, and Young.
Garrard’s addition to the game is proof positive that moving it to the weekend before the Super Bowl in an effort to make it more relevant has only made it less relevant.
We’ve got an idea for improving the Pro Bowl (other than, you know, not playing it at all), and we’ll be unveiling it soon in a SportingNews.com column.