NFL: 25 Most Surprising Pro Bowl Picks This Century: 23. 2018 Kwon Alexander
Kwon Alexander is used to shocking the football world. He shocked everyone when he signed a massive contract with the San Francisco 49ers. They gave him $54 million on a four-year deal, after a pretty decent career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, did anyone consider Alexander one of the best linebackers in the game ever? It doesn’t appear that way.
Alexander is an old-school type player who relies on tackles from the middle linebacker position. He had a forced fumble and a couple of interceptions in 2017, but he did that in just 12 games. Yes, another defensive player was added to the Pro Bowl despite missing a quarter of the season. Was there really no other linebacker in the league who played all 16 games?
Alexander got hurt again the next season, then he signed that huge contract with the 49ers. He was cut less than two years into that contract, and now he’s kind of an afterthought in the NFL.
However, every time he signs as a backup with the New Orleans Saints, the media reports get to constantly call him a former Pro Bowler. It makes it seem like the team is getting a better player than they are. He did tie a career-high with three sacks in 2021, so that’s something. However, when looking at Alexander’s career, it’s incredibly surprising that he made the Pro Bowl. His career was full of underwhelming seasons, and his best year wasn’t even a full year. This one really caught our eye when it comes to recent Pro Bowl selections.