Five Packers Voted To Pro Bowl

Green Bay Packers, 2014 Pro Bowl, selections, alternates

Five Green Bay Packers players were voted to this season’s Pro Bowl game after the team had zero players voted in last year (Eddie Lacy was an alternate).  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews, guard Josh Sitton, wide receiver Jordy Nelson and fullback John Kuhn were all named to this year’s roster.  Rodgers received more votes than any other NFL player.  Rodgers, Matthews, Sitton and Kuhn have all played in previous Pro Bowls.

Nelson finally makes his first appearance during what is turning out to be his best season yet.  92 catches, over 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns after he signed a five-year, $43 million contract in July.  Nelson’s base salary in 2014 is $2 million.  I’d say that Nelson has given the team a pretty good return on investment so far.

Several Packers players were named as alternates:  Lacy, tackle David Bakhtiari, linebacker/defensive lineman Julius Peppers, guard T.J. Lang, receiver Randall Cobb, as well as cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams.  There was much discussion about rookie center Corey Linsley and whether he might get some consideration.  Rodgers even lobbied for it earlier this season.  As is typical with the Pro Bowl, however, is that players are often voted in for their past seasons’ accomplishments versus what they have done in the current.

While it’s an honor to be voted in among the league’s best players, the Pro Bowl has recently left much to be desired in recent years.  Last season, the NFL tried a new format by which former Hall of Fame players were chosen as captains who drafted their teams versus the previous AFC vs. NFC format.  Last year’s captains were Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders with Rice’s team getting the win.  This year’s captains are former receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin.

The game will be played in Glendale, Arizona, where the Super Bowl will be held a week later.  Players on Super Bowl teams will not appear in the Pro Bowl so we’re all hoping that these Packers selections become nothing more than an afterthought when all is said and done.



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7 thoughts on “Five Packers Voted To Pro Bowl

  1. I think they finally got it right with the Packer’s pro bowlers except for John Kuhn. I’m sure he’ll take it though.
    Nice to see a white pro bowl receiver for once. When is the last time that happened? Congrats Jordy!! You deserved it!!

      1. Are you sure Welker’s white, I thought he was a mix. Ok either way other than Welker last year and Jordy this season, who was the last true white bona fide pro bowl receiver? I’m thinking we have to go back to the 60’s or 70’s. Maybe Maynard, Alworth or Biletnikoff. A true strud white receiver in this day and age like Jordy is truly rare. About as rare as seeing a Bigfoot in my opinion.

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Packers fans. We’re fortunate to part of the Green Bay Packer community, even in our small way, and to enjoy the fellowship of being Packer fans throughout the year. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ’61

  3. Jesus, did I stumble on to the White People’s Party web site here? Ted Tomsin, your comment is uncalled for. The rest of you ho humming through your replies, really? Players are selected on their abilities and their performance. Sorry if the league is no longer all, or mostly white, Ted, poor wittle white boys like you could win all the time, like back in the days of segregation.

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