Not sure about honorary status as a pro but my line of thinking, well, to be more accurate, what I was wondering was if entry to this event was something along the lines of a consolation prize (finishing dead last or coming in 4th place) or for that matter, winning a sporting event and getting an opportunity to play against some pros? This is pure conjecture and I have absolutely nothing to support this, but I can't think of much else. This is assuming that this is somehow linked to a sporting event. Too many conjectures on my part
I remember seeing AG's screenshot. The FTOPS and MiniFTOPS might be one of the exceptions now that I think about it. I played in one of the MiniFTOPS ($12+1, knockout) and there were 13 pros there - the most notable one was Phil Gordon. I think there's another FT series coming up - these are a lot cheaper if I recall. I'm not sure about the number of pros that might be in these events but I'd assume that events that are sponsored by FT would lead to greater turnout of pros but the screenshot you posted might be one of the few for a private tournament. I occasionally see the Relay for Life tourneys and they seem to attract a few pros too.
In addition to the FT Academy, I also think part of the reason why we see pros that we might not easily recognize is because FT is competing with PokerStars
to try to get more people playing in their poker room. So by signing a wider range of players (pros outside of the US for example), they're able to cast a wider net that might entice people to join FT.