Although it isn’t remotely close to playing in the Super Bowl, five Saints players were selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl and represented the NFC on Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
While the NFC drubbed the AFC to the tune of 55-41 on Sunday, the Saints that participated didn’t have much of an input on the outcome of the game. Jahri Evans, one of the Saints guards, started the game for the NFC and played a significant part of the game. His counterpart on the Saints’ offensive line, Carl Nicks, was a reserve guard for the NFC and also saw plenty of playing time during the game. There was a significant portion of the game where both Saints’ interior linemen were on the field at the same time for the NFC.
On defense, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and safety Roman Harper represented the Saints. Vilma was a starter, while Harper contributed as a backup. Neither one made any game-altering plays, but Harper’s participation in the game surely erased the memories of some Saints’ fans who can still picture him getting burned by the Seahawks in the playoffs.
Oh yeah, Saints quarterback Drew Brees also played in the game. He was the third quarterback to see the field for the NFC and the game was already a blowout when he entered the game, so he didn’t get the chance to make an impact, much to the chagrin of the black and gold faithful. However, Brees did play well when he was in and avoided making any mistakes.
Even though five of the best players on the team got to participate in the Pro Bowl, their participation should make them even hungrier, as they know what its like to play the Sunday after the Pro Bowl, and want to get the chance to play in the Super Bowl a few more times rather than playing in Hawaii again.