Colts Pro Bowlers representing the horseshoe in Orlando
As the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl gets kicked off in Orlando, Florida on Sunday evening, four Colts players are set to represent the Horseshoe under the spotlight.
While usually considered less meaningful than accolades like All-Pro team selections and Player of the Year awards, the NFL’s best athletes are selected to participate in the league’s annual All-Star game, the Pro Bowl.
Last year, Quenton Nelson and Eric Ebron made the game’s star-studded roster, along with now-retired Indianapolis Colt great Andrew Luck, who was selected as an alternate to Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers as he struggled with an injury.
Darius Leonard was widely considered a snub from that game, as he led the league in tackles as a rookie in 2019 while being voted a 1st-team All-Pro linebacker. Leonard followed that season with a considerably worse, yet still incredible sophomore campaign for Matt Eberflus’ defense. Ultimately he still earned a spot on this year’s roster.
Quenton Nelson, by no surprise, was again selected to this years game. He was again one of the league’s premier offensive lineman by a landslide. His partner in crime, made the game with moderately less talk surrounding his name.
That would be Ryan Kelly, the Colts’ 2016 1st-round draft pick and starting center. He made the game’s roster as an alternate, filling in for Steelers vet Maurkice Pouncey, who is unable to participate due to injury. It’s refreshing to see other Colts linemen getting respect they deserve, as some fail to recognize the importance of guys like Kelly to the Colts’ rushing attack.
When it comes to the passing attack, there wasn’t much of one to speak of when it comes to the Colts’ season. However there were some bright spots, including Jack Doyle‘s 43 receptions for 448 yards and 4 touchdowns. These stats earned him a spot in the game as well, as he replaces Travis Kelce as an alternate due to Kelce participating in the 2020 Super Bowl game in Miami.
While it was good to see these four Colts make the roster, it’s hard being a Marlon Mack fan and not seeing him crack the list this year. If he has a big year next year, he might get the call too.