The first time that Seattle Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones made the Pro Bowl, in 1999, he said he flew nearly 25 family members to Hawaii to enjoy the festivities with him.
This year, after making the trip across the Pacific eight consecutive times, Jones wonders if he’ll be going at all.
As the Seahawks undertake the final quarter of their season, starting today against the New England Patriots, the grim reality of their 2-10 record is that the accolades that accompany success no longer are guaranteed.
Last year, the Seahawks had six players named to the Pro Bowl, including first-timer Marcus Trufant. The year before that, they placed four players in the game, including longtime fullback Mack Strong. And the year they went to the Super Bowl, seven players went to Honolulu, five of them as starters.
This year, the Seahawks will feel fortunate if they have Jones named to the team off an offense that ranks among the worst in the league. There is a chance that Jones will not play today because of a leg injury, which would only hurt his case.