When the 2015 Pro Bowl rosters were announced in December, three players from the Detroit Lions made the cut: wide receiver Calvin Johnson, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and safety Glover Quin. Two of those players, Johnson and Suh, aren't actually going to play in the game, but the Lions will still have three players on the sidelines with quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Golden Tate being added to the rosters on Sunday.
With the addition of Stafford and Tate, the Lions now have five Pro Bowlers for the 2015 edition of the game. It's been a while since the Lions have had that successful of a season when it comes to the Pro Bowl:
Congrats to Golden Tate and Matthew Stafford on Pro Bowl selections today. First time five @Lions were selected to the game since 2000.— Eamonn Reynolds (@Eamonn_Reynolds) January 19, 2015
The five Lions players in the 2000 Pro Bowl? Tight end David Sloan, defensive end Robert Porcher, defensive tackle Luther Elliss, linebacker Stephen Boyd and kicker Jason Hanson. Like I said, it's been a while.
Of course, it needs to be said that the Pro Bowl is a meaningless game with a flawed selection process, and the important thing is just for everybody to get through it healthy. Even so, I suppose it is a nice honor for the five Lions players who were selected this year, and for the three guys actually playing in the game, I'm sure it will be a memorable experience.