That's because there's a pretty good chance one, or even both, rookies could wind up on the sidelines in Hawaii after all. Newton and Dalton have each been voted first alternates at their position, Newton for the NFC and Dalton for the AFC.
Because the Pro Bowl is played on the Sunday between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, alternates are chosen at every position. When it comes to players who have reached the Super Bowl, are injured, or simply decline to participate for personal reasons, the alternates are first on the call list.
Considering quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger were all voted onto their conferences' respective teams, it would take a playoff upset of major proportions to keep either rookie out of the Pro Bowl.
In time, the special seasons put up by two impressive rookies could be rewarded with a trip to the Pro Bowl.