By Adam Hart
Know who was named to the AFC Pro Bowl Team? Brandon Meriweather, that's who.
With this news comes the collective "huh?" from all Patriots fans not related to the freelancing safety. How could a player who struggles to secure consistent playing time make the Pro Bowl? Don't ask Darius Butler or Julian Edelman. Ask Wicked Good Sports.
Here are the reasons, from least- to most-likely:
1) He deserves it.
2) Fellow The U alums banded together to vote one another in. Except the only thing they band together to do is lose and, in recent years, get stompy in brawls. Meriweather's No. 19 in your program:
3) Nobody watches the Pro Bowl due to its tameness. Time to turn the game's secondary into the Wild West of headhunting. Yeehaw.
4) The NFL is hellbent on promoting its game in England, Big Bang Clock style:
5) They ran out of safeties.
6) They forgot Eric Berry plays in the AFC.
7) NFC players saw the friendly-fire hit on Devin McCourty and unanimously selected Meriweather, hoping to increase the chances they earn 45,000 as Pro Bowl winners. Losers get 22,500.
8) He wears No. 31, McCourty wears No. 32. Hanging chad:
9) Remember when he told the media he quit listening to the coaches and decided to try stuff in practice? Other NFLers like the idea of doing what they want.
10) Might get windy in Hawaii, and he did a remarkable job holding the ball on kickoffs in Chicago.
Yes. The kickoff thing has to be it.