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NFL Pro Bowl 2017: T.Y. Hilton to represent Colts in all-star game

NFL: Pro Bowl-AFC Practice Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight is the game that I’m sure everyone has been anxiously waiting for: the Pro Bowl!

In all seriousness, the Pro Bowl actually does take place tonight, and while it’s become somewhat of a joke, it’s still football. And since after the Super Bowl we’ll go over six months without watching NFL football, there are still people who will watch the Pro Bowl to see some of the league’s stars (and then some of the middle-of-the-pack alternates) play in the all-star game.

The game will take place at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.

For the Colts, only one player will be participating: wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. This will be his third-straight Pro Bowl appearance, but this was his best career season. He led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,448 yards, catching 91 passes and six touchdowns. He was tremendous.

He’ll play in the game tonight - but it will be hard for him to top his performance in Thursday’s skills competition. During the skills competition there was 10-on-10 dodgeball between the AFC and NFC, and Hilton was the last one standing for the AFC side. He caught a couple of balls after that (thus getting a couple of players out) before ultimately getting out himself. The AFC lost, but it was a valiant effort by Hilton.

Colts punter Pat McAfee was also selected to the Pro Bowl as the AFC punter but dropped out due to knee surgery. Quarterback Andrew Luck was invited as an alternate but declined due to shoulder surgery.

If you’re inclined to watch tonight’s Pro Bowl, here’s an open thread for you to discuss what happens.