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How Did New Pro Bowl Rules Help Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck?

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For the second straight season, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck wasn’t voted into the Pro Bowl. And for the second straight season, Luck was added to the Pro Bowl the week prior to the NFL‘s version of an All-Star game.

Last year, Luck was added in place of Tom Brady, who sat out the game. Brady’s New England Patriots lost in the AFC Championship Game last year to the eventual Super Bowl champs the Baltimore Ravens, and Luck was his replacement.

With this year’s Pro Bowl being different than the past in that all the players are put into one big pool for former greats Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice to select the teams, Luck was added to the Pro Bowl game again, replacing Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. In the past, Luck wouldn’t have made it unless he replaced Peyton Manning as he would have been strictly on the AFC team, but he’s able to play with the new rules.

The second-year phenom has now made two Pro Bowl appearances in two seasons as he threw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2013. He also dropped his interceptions all the way down to nine, so he’s showing he can make better decisions and lead this team to greatness.

Luck led Indianapolis to their first AFC South division crown since 2010 and to the Divisional Round of the playoffs as they lost to the Patriots on January 11. He will return with a healthy group of offensive players in 2014, and he should have another stellar season. He may even be voted into the Pro Bowl for the first time ever.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru