Andy Dalton to Replace Aaron Rodgers in 2015 NFL Pro Bowl

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Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the final seconds tick off the clock in the bengals loss

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is the most recent player to be added to the 2015 Pro Bowl selection. He will replace Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers has been dealing with a calf injury that plagued him throughout the playoffs.

Dalton is the seventh alternate. As it stands, he will be quarterbacking alongside Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

2014 was not the best year for Dalton. Last season he led the Bengals to a 10-5-1 record. He threw 19 touchdown passes and had 17 interceptions. Among the 30 qualifying quarterbacks for the Pro Bowl, Dalton ranks 19th and has a total QB rating of 55.2.

But who plays in the Pro Bowl is really not that significant.

The Pro Bowl has faced much criticism over the years. Much of it is due to the fact that it has been played after the Super Bowl; however, this year it is being played a week prior. The all-star game also receives negative attention because not only is the outcome of the game meaningless, but the players do not try very hard.

One of the benefits of playing in the Pro Bowl was that it was pretty much a vacation because it has mostly taken place in Honolulu, Hawaii. But this year the game is being played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona: the same venue as Super Bowl XLIX.

The 2015 Pro Bowl takes place next Sunday (Jan. 25).