Tom Brady not selected to Pro Bowl for first time since 2008
A trying season for the New England Patriots' offense has left Tom Brady out of the Pro Bowl.
The quarterback was not among the players selected to the event for the first time since 2008, when a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the season opener left him out for the rest of the year.
The AFC's quarterback representatives are the Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson, the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson.
Brady remains tied with Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Bruce Matthews and Merlin Olsen for the most career Pro Bowl selections with 14.
If selected as an alternate for a quarterback who opts out or is ineligible due to playing in the Super Bowl, Brady could be recognized as a Pro Bowl selection if he is selected and plans to participate in the game. He has not played in the event, however, since 2005.
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The decision comes amid a turbulent year for Brady, who has repeatedly expressed his frustrations with a Patriots team that has averaged just 17.6 points in its last five games. Among qualified players, he ranks 20th in the NFL in passer rating (86.5), 28th in yards per attempt (6.5) and 29th in completion percentage (60.1%).
The omission, however, ultimately might matter little to the 42-year-old and three-time MVP, who has not actually participated in the event since 2005.
Former Patriots teammate Brandon Spikes told Sports Illustrated in January that Brady once told him, "You think I play this (expletive) to go to Pro Bowls?"
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