As millions between Washington, D.C. and New York City are bracing for the first blizzard of the year, New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning is officially heading to Hawaii next weekend. From the Giants:
The NFL today announced that Eli Manning will play in the Pro Bowl. He replaces Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger due to injury.
Manning will join teammate Odell Beckham Jr. as the Giants' representatives in the NFL's annual all-star game. It is Manning's fourth Pro Bowl selection, and the third time he will play in the game. He was also chosen in 2008, 2011 and 2012. He did not participate in the 2011 game because the Giants played in Super Bowl XLVI (with Manning winning his second Super Bowl MVP Award).
Eli has taken plenty of criticism for his play -- and decisions -- in 2015. Pro Football Focus was particularly hard on Eli. However, he also had one of the best statistical years of his career, setting high water marks for attempts, completions, touchdowns, and touchdown to interception ratio. In fact, he tied for second in the league in terms of touchdown passes with 35, only one behind Tom Brady's 36.
The new Probowl format lends another layer of intrigue as teams will be drafted, rather than being divided along conference lines. Eli's favorite target, Odell Beckham Jr., has already been named one of the captains of "Team Rice" along with Aaron Donald.
It's probably a fair assumption that Eli will be at the top of Beckham's "Draft Board", so hopefully we will get to see a bit more of the magical combination of 10 and 13 to tide us over through the winter.
Giants' kicker Josh Brown may also be announced as a Pro Bowler before all is said and done.