Alex Smith in, Tom Brady out for Pro Bowl

AP

This week has seen plenty of changes to the Pro Bowl roster because the Super Bowl takes precedence for players from the Broncos and Seahawks.

Players from the teams that lost in the conference championship games are also bowing out, however. That group includes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who won’t be making the trip to Hawaii for the game. Brady joins Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson as quarterbacks replaced since the team was originally announced.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will take his place. Smith completed 308-of-508 passes for 3,313 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns all mark career bests for Smith, who will be going to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. Andrew Luck and Nick Foles have also been named as replacements to the roster, which will be broken up into teams during a draft conducted by Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.

The Chiefs now have 10 Pro Bowlers, which is the most of any team in the league.

59 responses to “Alex Smith in, Tom Brady out for Pro Bowl

  1. No quarterback in the NFL is better at avoiding mistakes than Alex Smith. It’s pretty much a news item when he commits a turnover. Kudos, Mr. Smith!

  2. Aww, poor little Tommy. Won’t condescend to go to the pro bowl. Who wouldn’t want to go to Hawaii?

  3. This is one if the reasons I don’t like Tom Brady, because he gets invited to the pro Bowl but always opts out, it just makes him look like he thinks he’s too good to attend,even though I dislike him I’ll admit he is great, but always skipping the pro Bowl just makes you look a douche!

  4. Classless Brady at his best, arrogance flows from his veins and not playing in the NFL Pro Bowl shows it all.

  5. Don’t hear much squawking from 9ers fans about how Kaepernick is better than Smith after those two int’s against Seattle.
    I guess they have figured out they kept the wrong guy.

  6. He’s taking his ball and going home?

    The guy that said his team loses “with graciousness”?

    That guy?

  7. Ravens what – where’s the 120 million dollar man??? Alex Smith >>> Joe Flacco. Brady always skips out, it’s not a big deal, just like that game isn’t a big deal. Back to the ravens guy, enjoy that Super Bowl from last year, that’s the only one you guys will be seeing for a longgggggg time. Maybe after Flacco leaves, you guys will have cap space to compete.

  8. coonsqualler says:
    Jan 21, 2014 9:50 AM
    Are my Brownies 2nd with 6?????

    Only 4 wins and 6 pro bowlers. No wonder we fired our coach. I support that decision…

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

    …………………..
    1) No RB, no QB in Cleveland. That’s Chud’s fault?

    2) Number of probowlers=meanignless. The Chiefs were only a playoff team because of their soft record. 1-5 against other playoff teams, their 1 win coming when Mike Vick was the starter of Philly- clearly since Foles is a pro-bowler that makes a huge difference. Chiefs will not be a playoff team next year. Im sure they wont be saying “well we had 10 probowlers” when theyre on their couch after December 2014 ends.

  9. jjackwagon says:
    Jan 21, 2014 10:18 AM
    Don’t hear much squawking from 9ers fans about how Kaepernick is better than Smith after those two int’s against Seattle.
    I guess they have figured out they kept the wrong guy.

    ……………….
    Lol give it up dude. Alex Smith had medicore numbers this year too. He had a good game against the Cotls- not known for their defense. Kaep meanwhile pulled out road wins in feisty Lambeau, albeit against a bad defense still a tough environment, and in Carolina- a tough environment with a great defense.

    I think 9ers fans really wish they went with Rodgers #1 overall way back when, if you really want to play the shoulda would coulda game.

  10. I still think this game should be played at mid-season. Everyone plays for 8 or 9 weeks, then play the Pro Bowl the second Sunday in November, then have the whole league not play the third Sunday/Sunday before Thanksgiving (college football can move their rivalry games back to that weekend to fill the void). Then the NFL starts back Thanksgiving Day. Oh, and GMs need to put incentive clauses in players contracts that pay if they PLAY in the Pro Bowl, not just get named to the team.

    This way, you get an all-star game in mid-season like all the other sports, everyone has the same bye week with college football to watch during that bye, and the season is the same length.

  11. jjackwagon says: Jan 21, 2014 10:18 AM

    Don’t hear much squawking from 9ers fans about how Kaepernick is better than Smith after those two int’s against Seattle.
    I guess they have figured out they kept the wrong guy.
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    Probably because we’ve finally put the Alex Smith era in the rearview mirror! He is the past, and we are glad of it. Kaepernick was the only player on the offense to show up to this weekend’s game! Did he make some mistakes? Yes, but without his play we wouldn’t have even been in the game!

  12. @ iloveagoodnap….

    They had at least 4-5 games they were winning going into the 4th quarter. The team gave up. Quit..Look up the stats in the 4th quarter this year. That is COACHING…Someone has to be held accountable. Also mishandled the QB from the beginning of the year, and didn’t hold players accountable.

    We could have easily been a 9-7 playoff team like the Chargers were this year. If Tomlin or Cower or Harbaugh would have had this team, they would have been playoff bound!!!

  13. Numerous players bow out of the pro bowl and you can hear a pin drop. Brady does it and he’s a crybaby ?

    Please. The double standard most of you judge NFL players rears its ugly head again.

  14. iloveagoodnap says: Jan 21, 2014 10:40 AM
    ………….
    Lol give it up dude. Alex Smith had medicore numbers this year too. He had a good game against the Cotls- not known for their defense. Kaep meanwhile pulled out road wins in feisty Lambeau, albeit against a bad defense still a tough environment, and in Carolina- a tough environment with a great defense.

    I think 9ers fans really wish they went with Rodgers #1 overall way back when, if you really want to play the shoulda would coulda game.
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    I’ve thought about that many times but I came to the conclusion that it would be just downright mean to put Rogers in the horrible environment that Smith went through. Smith was essentially a punching bag for years.

  15. Can’t say I blame Brady for not wanting to make the trip to Hawaii.
    Since Spygate, Patriot players get booed there regularly.

    Think about that, I mean c’mon man, nobody gets booed in Hawaii.
    Heck, the Japs don’t even get booed there anymore…

  16. Another QB out, still no Tony Romo, who was better virtually across the board than Smith. Oh wait, I forgot…wins. Because clearly it’s all Romo’s fault. It always is.

    Romo may not be an elite QB, but he’s headed towards being the most unfairly maligned and underrated player in NFL history given the way he’s treated.

  17. smith is a better “qb” than kap by far. smarter, better accuracy, kap makes plays with his legs, which wins them regular season games, but as seen sunday, when its time for a big throw, kap cannot deliver in clutch moments.

    i believe the niners would have won the sb last year if smith was the qb. should have won a couple years ago when smith outplayed brees and led the game winning drive and manning in the playoffs only for the special teams to fumble two punts and gave the giants the game.

  18. Tom doesn’t have the TIME to play in the Pro Bowl….he is too busy looing for a HI FIVE and Gisele is too busy MULTI TASKING!!!!

  19. johnnyjagfan says:Jan 21, 2014 9:52 AM

    Lame move by Brady. If he wasn’t going to Hawaii he should have made the decision before now. Sour grapes.

    —————-

    You would never accept or decline before your own season was over. No one would do that. Players from the teams that were in the championship games rarely go. Why would you want to suit up one week after taking a pounding for absolutely no reason? Ultimately, they claim injury and that’s it, they are out of it.

    It used to be a free ticket to Hawaii for these guys, but most of them don’t need that any more financially.

    It would be good for Brady to make an appearance some time, but I don’t see it happening.

  20. coonsqualler says:
    Jan 21, 2014 11:01 AM
    @ iloveagoodnap….

    They had at least 4-5 games they were winning going into the 4th quarter. The team gave up. Quit..Look up the stats in the 4th quarter this year. That is COACHING…Someone has to be held accountable. Also mishandled the QB from the beginning of the year, and didn’t hold players accountable.

    We could have easily been a 9-7 playoff team like the Chargers were this year. If Tomlin or Cower or Harbaugh would have had this team, they would have been playoff bound!!!
    ………………………
    The Browns have been terrible for a decade, and have been “shoulda woulda coulda” kings for a decade. And no coincidence, they havent had a QB or an RB for…you guessed it, a decade.

    The problem in Cleveland is front office management and lack of talent, NOT coaching. Only jokes of franchises fire coaches after one season. The only other 2 I can think of whove done than recently are the Jags and Raiders….jokes of franchises.

  21. I think they should still announce the probowl the same way they always have, but turn it into a skills competition only and forgo the game.

    I think players would show up if they didn’t have to play in a game.

    I would watch that for sure.

  22. Third rounders Russell Wilson and Nick Foles make the Pro Bowl ahead of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin from the 2012 draft. Good thing teams have dozens of highly paid scouts to help make draft decisions.

  23. Pats haters when Tom Brady gets selected to the Pro Bowl:

    I am outraged! Spygate! He didn’t deserve it! Disgusting! Why didn’t my favorite team’s QB get picked? System quarterback! Why didn’t one of the 274 more deserving QBs get picked?

    Pats haters when Tom Brady withdraws from the Pro Bowl:

    I am outraged! Sour Grapes! He has to go to the Pro Bowl! Pathetic!

    As always, Patriot hater logic and hypcrisy never ceases to be a bountiful source of comedy gold…..

  24. There was a .00000001% chance Brady was going to play in the Pro Bowl. He has played in more games over the course of the past three seasons ( 7) than most teams in the NFL.

    I think Giselle and the family had other plans and were on their private jet shortly after the season ended.

    To all the haters, think about where TB is now and where/what you are doing?

    Yeah, he is a big baby for not going to the Pro Bowl.

  25. Gotta hand it to major league baseball. They have the only all star game in any pro sports league that is compelling, competitive and worth watching.

    Wish the NFL could think of a creative way to make the Pro Bowl a success like MLB has for their game.

  26. Why do people keep voting Brady into the pro bowl? HE NEVER PLAYS. It’s such a slap in the face of fans, coaches, and players to keep being voted in and declining every year.

    I guess ol’ Tommy is too good to be around the mere peasants of the league and the fans who actually had the crazy wish to see him play in the game. He is after all the king (according to his delusional fans, delusional Pats fans and the media) of the league because he helped win 3 superbowls 9-12 years ago.

    I really don’t understand why so many fawn over that guy. He acts like a child so often on the field/sideline constantly yelling at teammates and officials and then off the field he acts as though he is too good to be around others. He’s also one of the biggest sore losers in the NFL.

  27. I like the people defending Brady’s yearly pro bowl decline and saying “think where he is and what you are doing”

    So Brady is too good to play in the game? Too busy or important and us mere peasants can’t comprehend that? Interesting since Manning ALWAYS plays in the game and last I checked Manning is the face of the NFL and the most popular and respected player plus he has a family, a foundation (where’s Tommy’s charity?) and is in demand far more than Brady is. So if the top dog can find the time to play and give back to the fans, good ol’ Tommy can’t? Sure. Tom is just like Favre who always pulled out before the game as well and we all saw how big a dbag Favre is near the end of his career. I have a strong feeling Brady is probably a dbag as well.

    Manning is great when it comes to the pro bowl. Even after being in a billion of those games he still says it is a honor to be selected/voted in and he wants to show how much it means to him and give back to the fans. If anyone out there could be justified in not bothering to play it would be him given how many he’s been in yet nope, every year when possible he is out there. If Brady actually gave a crap about anyone but himself then he’d see it the same way.

  28. So all the people bashing Brady on this thread can we now expect to see these same comments on this thread?

    Seven of 49ers’ eight Pro Bowlers decline to attend

  29. Wow, so it’s okay for seven of the right 49ers to back out of the Pro Bowl, but Brady is a sore loser and a baby for backing out? You people are such jealous hypocrites. He played with ligament damage in his throwing hand for a good chunk of the season, and is coming off an illness that he was dealing with, but no, he should play in a meaningless exhibition game to risk more injury. Everyone just has to have a reason to hate him.

    Patriots made it to the AFC championship in two rebuilding years, this year without their best players on the defense due to injury and the best tight end in the league due to injury. Just watch what happens next season when they’re all back

  30. Brady cares a lot haters, he just doesn’t cafe about other fans. He’s very good to Pats fans and the New England community. He just doesn’t care, nor should he about other fans of other teams. It’s not worth his time.

    Why would he want to go play in the Pro Bowl it is a meaningless game and has been. All but one 49er declined no one days anything, Brady does it and it is a travesty. What a double standard.

  31. The pro bowl cost the Pats what might have been Curtis Martin’s replacement back in the day.

    All for what?

    Fix it NFL.

  32. Hey Coonsqualler, The KC Chiefs will be a playoff team next year, and again the Cleveland Browns will AGAIN be the team sitting at home watching KC play into January! Our 2nd team could beat your Browns! You will again be sitting at home watching your “Brownies” reruns, while the KC Chiefs play on! If we would have had someone other than our third string running back playing, we would have ran out the clock against the Colts. Next December, you need to get a bag of Cheetos and a porn movie, and maybe you will have something to get excited about!

  33. I do not like it when players just opt out of the pro bowl for no reason. To play in the NFL is an honor. To be voted into the pro bowl by your peers and fans is a bigger honor and by not accepting that honor is a slap in the face to the league your peers and your fans!!! I am not a patriot fan nor a brady fan but for those fans who want to see their favorite player representing their favorite team I feel bad for them. Lets face it most fans want to see the best players from their favorite team play in the game!! To me it just shows a lack of respect!! I bet he will not opt out of the HOF when it is his time to get enshrined!!! Why? Because the HOF will be about him. The pro bowl not so much. I think they should put into all contracts that if you make the pro bowl roster and opt out for no good reason you then forfeit your HOF status!!! These selfish players need to talk with Richard Petty yes the NASCAR legend. Why? Richard never left a single fan who wanted an autograph without one!! He sometimes would spend hours doing nothing but signing autographs and talking with the fans. He does this because he said that these fans who spend their hard earned money to support him and the sport he loves deserve it. He said they pay his checks and without them he knows he would have nothing!!!!! That’s respect for your fans for your league for your peers!!! He knows where his bread is buttered and some of these low class selfless players could use a good lesson from THE KING RICHARD PETTY!!!

  34. Brady didn’t win so now he’s disrespecting the fans that sent him to the Pro Bowl? His arrogance grows every year. It’s all about Tom. Always. So sick of the spoiled brat. I wouldn’t give him a high five either.

  35. KC will have a tough time making the post season next year. The schedule looks pretty rough and this team still has some holes to fill. And will be hurting for the funds to fix the issues. They will still be able to compete, but however they struggle and will continue to against top tier teams wich they play alot of next season.
    That being said…. they are substancially better than the browns.

  36. A Raider fan is a good one to talk. Who have you beat this year besides yourselves? Can’t keep a coach, can’t keep a quarterback, but damn sure can keep your mouth!!!! The Raiders were so lousy this year, they even knew it! If they put some of their fans on the team next year, they might actually win a game, or get arrested on drug and rape charges!

  37. I lived in Hawaii a long time, after a while you call O’ahu (yes 2 words) the rock. It’s pretty, warm and more Japan then Hawaii people wise, at least with the money. The guys going better respect the water! You 350 lb. lineman are bugs to be squashed by the waves in Hawaii…if your brave enough..Ha, Ha! Your there for their economy. You want to see athletes watch real surfers at north shore.

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