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2021 NFL Pro Bowl: Jaguars fans engaging in chicanery, tomfoolery, and perhaps even shenanigans

All in the name of getting a higher pick

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In the best of years, just about nobody cares about the Pro Bowl. Hell, most of the players don’t even care about the Pro Bowl. However, there’s something happening in connection with the voting for this year’s game. . .which, if you haven’t heard, will be simulated on the latest incarnation of Madden NFL. . .that could potentially affect the Minnesota Vikings.

If you recall, when the Vikings made the trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars to acquire defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, the price they paid was a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick. The conditions for that pick centered around Ngakoue making the Pro Bowl and/or the Vikings making the Super Bowl. If Ngakoue is named to the Pro Bowl (as an initial roster addition, not as a replacement later), the pick goes from a fifth-rounder to a fourth-rounder.

Well, it appears that Jaguars fans have taken it upon themselves to organize campaigns to get Ngakoue into the Pro Bowl for just this reason.

Jaguars fans took to Reddit to push for mass voting to get Ngakoue into the Pro Bowl, and elisted friends from around the NFC North. Now Packers, Lions and Bears fans are helping Duval in its quest, because for them screwing over the Vikings is hilarious.

While this is a light-hearted story and everything, its chances of success are fairly low. After all, the fan vote only makes up one-third of the Pro Bowl calculations. The other two-thirds are determined by the votes of players and coaches. So, even if the fans do manage to push Ngakoue to the top of the Pro Bowl fan vote, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be selected.

Frankly, I’ll be fascinated to see whether or not they can actually pull this off. I think the odds are against it, but you can’t fault them for trying.

As they might actually say down in Jacksonville and other locations in Florida. . .bless their hearts.