NFL: 25 Most Surprising Pro Bowl Picks This Century: 12. 2016 Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor has been a mediocre quarterback for a long time. He’s never been considered in the top ten of pass throwers, but he’s always been around and given starting jobs (before they are almost always taken by a rookie). Think about his career. He lost starting jobs to Baker Mayfield, Justin Herbert, and now Davis Mills. He just keeps losing jobs to rookies.
Before he was moving from team to team and ultimately landing on the Houston Texans, he was a quality quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Again, he was never a top-ten guy, but he was serviceable. It’s still surprising that he was able to make the Pro Bowl for his contributions to the 2015 Buffalo Bills. His numbers were pretty good. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions.
He also got invited to the Pro Bowl in 2016, but that was just preposterous. He was literally benched that season. That one makes no sense, but he did the right thing and declined the invite. Then, he asked fans to vote for him to make the Pro Bowl in 2017. That did not go well since he was benched in Week 10 for Nathan Peterman.
Taylor has had an interesting career, but to think he was able to make it to the Pro Bowl is surprising. The quarterback position can sometimes provide strange names because two of the QBs one the team usually make the Super Bowl, and then others will decline because of injuries or other reasons. This is how Taylor was able to make it, but he gets to call himself a Pro Bowl quarterback for the rest of his life.