On Tuesday night, the NFL announced which players made the Pro Bowl. Here are four interesting points to ponder about this season's game and the roster:
1. What in the world does the league do about Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr.? Serious hostility seems to exist between the two, but both are on the Pro Bowl rosters. It has not yet been determined whether Norman and Beckham will be teammates or will opponents. It's hard to decide which of these uncomfortable options is worse. Imagine Norman and Beckham as teammates, practicing together after what happened in New York last weekend. Then imagine them on opposite teams, lining up across from each other. It just has huge potential for, at a minimum, awkwardness or, at worst, ugliness. There really are only two possible solutions: One comes up with a mysterious injury before the game and pulls out of the trip to Hawaii, or the Carolina Panthers make it to the Super Bowl, and as a result, Norman would miss the Pro Bowl.
2. Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas became just the ninth player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons in the league. Every other player to do so is in the Hall of Fame. "It's a weird feeling reading the other names that are up there making the Pro Bowl the first nine seasons," Thomas said. "Because you're talking about all-time, all-time NFL greats. It's really special. It's also very humbling." As for joining the other eight in Canton, Ohio, Thomas said: "I certainly don't want to set a record for being the only one that's not." The other eight: DT Merlin Olsen (Rams), S Mel Renfro (Cowboys), RB Barry Sanders (Lions), LB Lawrence Taylor (Giants), RB Jim Brown (Browns), RB Franco Harris (Steelers) and LB Derrick Thomas (Chiefs).
3. Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson figures to wear the gold jacket in Canton one day. Woodson has been outstanding at the age of 39, with 52 tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. The Raiders safety fittingly will end his stellar career playing his final game in the Pro Bowl. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 11 Hall of Famers made the Pro Bowl the last game of their career: G Will Shields, OL Bruce Matthews, QB John Elway, DE Howie Long, LB Mike Singletary, TE Kellen Winslow, DE Lee Roy Selmon, G John Hannah, LB Ted Hendricks, QB Roger Staubach and OL Tom Mack.
4. There isn't a more heartwarming story than the selection of Chiefs safety Eric Berry. He made the Pro Bowl three times between 2010 and 2013 before being diagnosed with lymphoma in November 2014. He was cleared to return in July and took part in training camp immediately after. He dealt with chemotherapy and radiation but never stopped working out. That he is returning to the Pro Bowl is a testament to his spirit and work ethic.