The Cleveland Browns only had one representative at the 2018 Pro Bowl, and that was MLB Joe Schobert, who made it as an alternate after the unfortunate situation with Steelers LB Ryan Shazier. Here is a recap of his performance and the aftermath.
AFC - 24
NFC - 23
Despite being down 20-3 at the half, the AFC rallied to win the Pro Bowl, earning Schobert $64,000 in bonus money as opposed to just $32,000. Someone on the broadcast made a good point -- the players use that extra money to help fund friends and family coming down (airfare, hotel, meals, etc), so there is something to fight for as the game goes on.
MLB Joe Schobert - He wasn’t in the starting lineup, but Schobert still finished the game with 4 combined tackles on defense (1 tackle, 3 assists), all of which came in the second half. Here, you can see him trying to rip the ball away from Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph:
Schobert had a little fun after the game with being 1-0 in 2018, after the team finished 0-16 last regular season (although they did go 4-0 in the preseason, so Schobert can say he is 5-0 in games that don’t count). For what it’s worth, Joe Thomas basically made the same joke on Twitter last year when the AFC won.
1-0 in 2018 got me like pic.twitter.com/8w9hugba3t— Joe Schobert (@TheSchoGoesOn53) January 29, 2018
As far as highlights go, if you like seeing Ben Roethlisberger shit the bed, he threw a first half pick six to Harrison Smith, putting the AFC in a hole.
Veteran tight end Delanie Walker caught two touchdowns in the second half, including the go-ahead one, with under two minutes to play, to take home Pro Bowl MVP honors. LB Von Miller sealed it with the game on the line, forcing a fumble on Jared Goff before recovering the ball off of a fortunate bounce.
Hopefully the Browns can have more representatives next year!