OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The unique aspect of the Pro Bowl is that no player on a contending team actually wants to play in the game.
That’s the position the Ravens are in, as they top the league with six players on the roster currently leading in Pro Bowl voting.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson, fullback Patrick Ricard, tackle Orlando Brown Jr., guard Marshal Yanda, kicker Justin Tucker and cornerback Marcus Peters all lead their position groups in voting.
Jackson leads all vote-getters by nearly 30,000 votes, ahead of second-place quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
But the Ravens, while flattered by the voting, aren’t ready to concern themselves with the Pro Bowl.
“Yes, I've seen it, but I'm not really worried about the Pro Bowl voting or Pro Bowl,” Jackson said. “I'm trying to win games. That's all I can say. I'm trying to win, trying to get to the Super Bowl. Pro Bowl, if it comes, it comes, but I want to go to the Super Bowl. That's my goal.”
Jackson is currently an MVP candidate in an apparent two-quarterback race between Russell Wilson and him.
Ricard, Brown and Yanda are part of perhaps the NFL’s best offense, while Tucker has missed just one field goal and one extra point all season. Peters has two defensive touchdowns in four games with the Ravens.
“Obviously it's a blessing, but what's important to me is making it to the Super Bowl,” Brown said. “And obviously, that's a long way away. I understand that individual accolades come with winning, but ultimately, I want to do what's best for this franchise and this team and bring home a Super Bowl.”
Since the Pro Bowl is played the weekend before the Super Bowl, players on Super Bowl teams don’t participate in the game.
So while the Ravens might add to their list of six with players like Mark Andrews, Marlon Humphrey and Ronnie Stanley, the goal is to have them not play at all.
“I think at the end of the day it’s cool, it’s definitely cool for guys to be getting voted in,” Andrews said. “I think it speaks to the team, it speaks for everybody in the locker room being able to play. It’s a team game. For me, I think it’d be awesome to be voted to the Pro Bowl, no doubt about it. But at the end of the day, there’s only one goal in my mind and that’s to win a Super Bowl.”
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