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Five Eagles Named to Pro Bowl

Posted By Christopher Rowe On Dec 29 2010 @ 8:36 pm In Philadelphia Eagles | No Comments

[1]Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters, Asante Samuel & David Akers were voted onto the starting NFC Pro Bowl squad. Obviously the Super Bowl teams affect who will actually represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl. Let’s hope the Eagles players are still focused on the Super Bowl in Dallas, not distracted by the Pro Bowl in Hawaii (2010 Pro Bowl was played in Miami but Hawaii has reaffirmed their deal to bring NFL all stars back to Aloha Stadium).

Running backs Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner and Steven Jackson were chosen ahead of LeSean McCoy, who is a first alternate. Peterson, Turner and Jackson are first, second and fourth in the NFC in yards rushing (Ahmad Bradshaw is third).

[2]McCoy entered Tuesday eighth with 1,036 yards, but not surprisingly given the Eagles’ pass-first offense has significantly fewer rushing attempts (194) than Peterson (247), Turner (317) and Jackson (319). McCoy is second in conference in yards per rush (5.3) behind Brandon Jacobs (5.8) and also leads the conference in yards from scrimmage (1,587). He leads NFC running backs in receptions (74) and yards receiving (551).

[3]Defensive ends Julius Peppers, John Abraham and Justin Tuck were selected ahead of Trent Cole, also a first alternate. Abraham leads the conference in sacks with 13, and Tuck is second with 11. Peppers has eight – but also has recorded 11 passes defended, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

With nine sacks, Cole entered Tuesday tied with Ndamukong Suh for eighth in the conference.

[4]NFC Pro Bowl selections
(* = starter)

Quarterback
*Michael Vick, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees
Running back
*Michael Turner, Adrian Peterson, Steven Jackson
Fullback
*Ovie Mughelli
[5]Wide receiver
*Roddy White,*Calvin Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Greg Jennings
Tight end
*Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez
Tackle
*Jason Peters, *Jordan Gross, Chad Clifton
Guard
*Jahri Evans, *Chris Snee, Carl Nicks
Center
*Andre Gurode, Shaun O’Hara
Defensive end    
*Julius Peppers, *John Abraham, Justin Tuck
Interior linemen    
*Ndamukong Suh, *Jay Ratliff, Justin Smith
[6]Outside linebacker
*Clay Matthews, *DeMarcus Ware, Lance Briggs
Inside/midde linebacker
*Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher
Cornerback
*Asante Samuel, *Charles Woodson, DeAngelo Hall
Free safety    
*Nick Collins, Antrel Rolle
Strong safety
*Adrian Wilson
[7]Punter
Mat McBriar
Placekicker    
David Akers
Kick returner    
Devin Hester
Special teamer    
Eric Weems

AFC
Quarterback

*Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning
[8]Running back
*Maurice Jones-Drew, Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles
Fullback
*Vonta Leach
Wide receiver
*Andre Johnson, *Reggie Wayne, Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe
Tight end
*Antonio Gates, Marcedes Lewis
Tackle
*Jake Long, *Joe Thomas, D’Brickashaw Ferguson
Guard
*Kris Dielman, *Logan Mankins, Brian Waters
[9]Center
*Nick Mangold, Maurkice Pouncey
Defensive end
*Dwight Freeney, *Robert Mathis, Jason Babin
*Haloti Ngata, *Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour
Outside linebacker
*James Harrison, *Cameron Wake, Terrell Suggs
Inside/midde linebacker
*Ray Lewis, Jerod Mayo
Cornerback
*Nnamdi Asomugha, *Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty
Free safety
*Ed Reed, Brandon Meriweather
Strong safety [10]
*Troy Polamalu
Punter
Shane Lechler
Placekicker
Billy Cundiff
Kick returner
Marc Mariani
Special teamer
Montell Owens

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North Shore, Oahu

Interior linemen

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Aloha Stadium hosted NFL Pro Bowls for 30 years... until 2010. Oahu's Aloha Stadium’s maximum capacity for football games is only 50,000, and the Hawaii Pro Bowl was always a sellout

The NFL and Hawaii Tourism Authority announced the 2011 Pro Bowl date (Jan. 30 … a week before the Super Bowl, once again), finally quieting speculation about whether or not the annual all-star game would be played before the Super Bowl for a second consecutive year. Prior to this year, the Pro Bowl was traditionally played in Hawaii a week after the Super Bowl.

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Miami hosted the 2010 Pro Bowl

In December 2008, the NFL announced moving the Pro Bowl to Miami, FL after 30 years of hosting the game in Honolulu at Aloha Stadium (pictured, above). In hopes of boosting stadium attendance and the TV audience, the NFL also opted to experiment with scheduling the 2010 Pro Bowl a week prior to the Super Bowl.

[15]The change of date worked, for the most part. Broadcast on ESPN on Jan. 31 during prime time instead of its traditional afternoon time slot, the 2010 Pro Bowl attracted the largest television audience the game had seen since 2000—12.3 million viewers vs. 2009’s 8.8 million viewers. A sellout audience of 70,600 fans filled Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, giving the game its largest attendance ever. Whether that was attributable more to location or scheduling was debated. The fact that the NFL agreed to move the game back to Hawaii but retain the schedule of a week before the Super Bowl (for years it was the week after Super Bowl Sunday) indicates the result of those arguments.

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