In what was about as good a showing as could have been expected, three members of the Green Bay Packers were named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad, on Tuesday.
They are cornerback Charles Woodson, safety Nick Collins and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Woodson, who is making his sixth trip, is the lone Packers starter. This is the second selection for Collins and the first for Rodgers.
Woodson is fourth in the NFL with eight interceptions. He’s tallied 74 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and has scored 2 touchdowns on the year. He’s also the best cornerback in the NFL, no offense to Darrelle Revis.
Collins is fifth in the league in interceptions with six. He’s recorded 52 tackles and a sack.
Rodgers, who will join his mentor Brett Favre on the NFC squad, is fifth in the NFL in passing yardage with 4,199 yards. Rodgers has thrown for 29 touchdowns, versus only seven interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 102.4.
Four Packers were also named as alternates. Linebacker Clay Matthews is a first alternate. The others are running back Ryan Grant and two that will make you scratch your head – left tackle Chad Clifton and linebacker A.J. Hawk. In the former you’ve got a guy having the worst season of his career and in the latter you’ve got someone who lost most of his playing time to a backup (Brandon Chillar).
Overall, the NFC roster was dominated by the Minnesota Vikings, with eight selections, followed by the Philadelphia Eagles, with six.
The final roster is more reflective of the best players in the NFL than the fans voting, although you have to wonder how a guy who got benched two weeks ago (the Vikings Bryant McKinnie) made it.
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