Seems every year the fans vote for their favorite personalities (not best players) and they in turn decline the invitation.
The replacement players are selected by the Pro-Bowl event committee.
The press then no longer stipulates whether a player was voted in or selected as a replacement.
Even the Bears own Website currently falsely claims that Howard and Sitton were voted to the upcoming Pro-Bowl. They weren't, they are both replacements players. Same as last year when Long was a replacement RT.
I personally do not see the Pro-Bowl as some kind of award nor accomplishment. As the voting is based on popularity and not skill or performance, like being designated an All-Pro. I hate when revisionist then later claim that player so and so was voted to X number of Pro-Bowls when they were just replacement players in 8 out of 10 Pro-Bowls.
Would it really disappoint anyone if they just did away with the actual "Game"!
I myself have not watched a Pro-Bowl for at least 10 years or longer. I cannot for the life of me remember when the last time was.