Because of the number of Pro Bowlers who won’t play in the game because of the Super Bowl, injury or disinterest, a lot of alternates annually make the all-star game.
But one of those alternates has no plans to accept any invitation that might come.
According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said he was a second alternate, but wouldn’t play if two backed out.
“First team or not at all,” he said.
It’ll be interesting to see if Casey’s virtue holds. Among the six defensive tackles chosen, at least one (Gerald McCoy) is injured, and another is in the playoffs (Ndamukong Suh) and could work his way out of the game.
The fact the game is in Glendale, Ariz., rather than Hawaii makes it a less attractive option, but I hope my kids behave a little more graciously in the morning when they open the Nintendo 64 I got them for Christmas.