The NFL has long had a problem with its All-Star competition, as the Pro Bowl has long been a silly game that nobody really watches.
And while they made the change last season to the Pro Bowl Games, a weekend built around non-football games like dodgeball and skills competition that's capped off by a flag football matchup between AFC and NFC, it's still a strange way to recognize the best players in the league from the past season.
Despite that, it's still awesome to see players from your favorite team voted — by a combination of fans, players, and coaches — onto the team, even if that word is quite loose in its meaning these days.
And so, when the final tallies were announced on Wednesday evening, it was no surprise that the San Francisco 49ers dominated the competition, as they have done throughout much of the 2023 regular season.
All told, the 49ers saw an NFL-high nine of its players named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster. The Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys came in second with seven players each, followed by the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles with six each, and the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and Detroit Lions each seeing five players voted in.
49ers 2024 Pro Bowl roster
The Niners' contingency is as follows:
LT Trent Williams (11th)
FB Kyle Juszczyk (8th)
TE George Kittle (5th)
EDGE Nick Bosa (4th)
RB Christian McCaffrey (3rd, and how only three?)
LB Fred Warner (3rd)
DT Javon Hargrave (2nd)
QB Brock Purdy (1st)
CB Charvarious Ward (1st)
The Niners also had 12 players voted as alternates, including wideouts Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, defensive tackle Arik Armstead, offensive guard Aaron Banks, linebacker Dre Greenlaw, cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, and EDGE Chase Young.
Of course, the 49ers are hoping that none of their players will be available as the Pro Bowl Games will take place the first weekend of February, one week before the Super Bowl on Feb. 11.
The players on the teams representing the AFC and NFC in the Super Bowl do not attend the Pro Bowl in preparation, and the Niners hope that's exactly where they'll be.
So, no matter how silly the games have gotten over the years, it's still an honor to be named to the Pro Bowl team (not to mention the financial perks that come with it).
And it's yet another way the 49ers can add to their dominating 2023 season.