Pro Bowl like a salve for New Orleans Saints participants’ wounded pride

New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks said he spent about two days “sulking” after New Orleans’ season-ending playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and he guesses it took about 2 1/2 weeks before he really started to turn the page.

But it was this past week in Hawaii that really helped the healing process.

Michael DeMocker/The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks said: 'It's a blessing to be around all the Pro Bowlers, the stars of the game. To be considered among them for a week, that's a blessing. It's a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing. ... Well, hopefully not. But you know what I mean.'

Nicks, a first-time participant in the Pro Bowl, is relaxing on the beach with family and friends, and is surrounded by a support group of the game’s elite players, all of whom are equally jealous of the Super Bowl-bound Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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