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Drew Brees named to 10th Pro Bowl as Matt Ryan's replacement

Drew Brees passed for an NFL-best 5,208 yards this season. Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports

METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees was named to his 10th Pro Bowl on Monday as a replacement for Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, the New Orleans Saints announced.

Although Brees would much prefer to trade places with his longtime NFC South rival -- who is headed to the Super Bowl -- Brees is certainly a worthy all-star selection. He led the NFL once again with 5,208 passing yards, ranked second in the league with a 70.0 completion percentage and ranked third with 37 touchdown passes (along with 15 interceptions).

Brees, who turned 38 earlier this month, also went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate after the 2012 and 2014 seasons. Brees has been to nine of his Pro Bowls since joining the Saints in 2006 -- two more than any player in franchise history.

So far, he has been the only Saints player selected to this year's Pro Bowl. They were one of six teams left out of the initial Pro Bowl selections -- a consequence of their third straight 7-9 season.