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Slay on Pro Bowl snub: 'It's just a popularity (contest)'

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions cornerback Darius Slay wanted a free trip to Hawaii, but he wasn’t too upset when he didn’t make the Pro Bowl roster Tuesday.

Lions cornerback Darius Slay

“I mean, I can take myself,” he said. “I can afford it myself. It wasn’t a big deal. I’ll probably be mad if I don’t make All-Pro, though.”

Although being an All-Pro is a much better accomplishment, making that roster will be tougher for Slay. Eight cornerbacks made the Pro Bowl while there are just four cornerbacks on the two All-Pro teams.

In his third season, Slay has been among the top cornerbacks in the league, particularly in the second half of the season as teams have mostly avoided throwing his direction. But, as he looked at the Pro Bowl roster, he was surprised at some other snubs like Carolina safety Kurt Coleman and Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who have seven and six interceptions respectively.

“It’s just a popularity (contest),” he said. “Whoever’s hot, so that’s how I look at it.”

Slay said he’s focused more on winning games than other accolades, but thinks he’s on his way to being a more recognizable player.

“The only way I can build my brand is what I put on film, so I just continue to do my work on the field and just make plays,” he said.