I need some help in understanding how the pro bowl works with regard to alternates or substitutes for injured players.
My question is does a player who plays in the game as an alternate get credit career-wise as a "pro bowler" or not? What I mean is when they say someone is a 5 time pro bowler, does that mean he was selected or that he could have made the game as an alternate fill-in 5 times?
If he does get credit as a pro bowler, then does the player who he filled in for (like Brady) get credit for a pro bowl too even though he did not play?
It seems that if both get credit as a pro bowler, then the amount of pro bowler's per year would be increased by 25% or so.
This has been on my mind for a while, so I appreciate your insight.