That said, it still does not take away from the fact that former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton is going to Hawaii to play quarterback for the AFC after Mr. Gisele Bunchden lucked his way past Balitmore for a trip to yet another Super Bowl. Tom Brady's absence from the game allowed for Dalton to get the invite.
Dalton was a first alternate to go to the Pro Bowl, and will play in one of the few football games that Americans don't watch.
Also of note, Dalton won the NFLPA's Emerging Player Award recently, too. I have no idea what that award is, but good for Dalton.
Dalton going to the Pro Bowl ends what was a fantastic 12-month stretch:
* Dalton wins the Rose Bowl for TCU
* He is drafted in the second round by the Bengals, who need a QB because Carson Palmer has told team owner Mike Brown he would rather never play again than play for his team.
* Dalton becomes the opening day starter for the Bengals, and beats the Browns in Cleveland in his first career start.
* Dalton leads the Bengals to a 7-4 start.
* The Bengals finished the regular season with a 9-7 record, and a wildcard appearance.
Dalton finished the season passing for 58.1 percent of his passes for 3,398 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
With a full offseason and an entire year of starting on his resume, Dalton should do nothing but improve in his second year. Now, if he can just get rid of Mike Brown as the team's owner ...
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