Two Packers named to Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams

Mike Clemens
December 18, 2018 - 9:35 pm

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Green Bay, WI - Two Green Bay Packers have been named to the Pro Bowl.

Wide Receiver Davante Adams. No surprise there. Double - digit touchdowns. One of the leading receivers in the game. 

The other is quarterback Aaron Rodgers. OK. Just set a new NFL record for most consecutive passes without throwing an interception (402). His performance Week 1 on Sunday Night Football, coming back out of the tunnel at Lambeau Field after being carted off with a knee injury. Down 20 - 0 to the rival Chicago Bears, and coming back to win 24-23 was one for the ages. 

But the Pro Bowl?  The Packers offense has since struggled. They're 0-7 on the road. They seem to go into a stall nearly every game in the fourth quarter. Rodgers is missing throws that Packers fans have grown accustomed to as routine.  After 13 seasons Mike McCarthy was fired. 

Nevertheless, Rodgers, 35, (who threw all those TD's to Adams) has been selected as one of the quarterbacks to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl. He is currently ranked the 6th best quarterback overall, behind Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and Tom Brady. Drew Brees, ranked 12, and Goff were the other two top QB vote getters in the conference named Pro Bowlers. 

The Pro Bowl was absolutely an honor at one time. Coaches and players voted for the best performng stars of the NFL.

Then in 1995 the league opened the voting to fans and it quickly became more of a popularity contest, rather than based on current peformance. The biggest names over the best numbers. There's even been a few times fans have voted for players on the injured reserve list.  The vote is split in thirds according to fans, players, and coaches. Fans have been able to vote on the NFL website, and more recently, on social media. 

Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark was named as an alternate. He's had an outstanding season. But that was some pretty stiff competition. The interior  NFC defensive linemen selected were the Rams Aaron Donald, the Eagles Fletcher Cox, and the Bears Akiem Hicks.

The Packers issued the following press release Tuesday night.  For a complete list of the 2019 Pro Bowl teams CLICK HERE

Green Bay - Two Packers have been named to the 2019 Pro Bowl.

Represented by two members of the team, the Green Bay Packers learned Tuesday that wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers were named to the Pro Bowl by the National Football League.

Adams earns his second trip to the Pro Bowl and his first original selection after being chosen as an injury replacement last season. He reached 100 receptions for the first time in his career this season, which currently ranks as the fourth-highest single season total in franchise history, trailing WRs Robert Brooks (102 in 1995) and Sterling Sharpe (108 in 1992 and 112 in 1993). Adams has 1,315 receiving yards in 2018, currently the eighth most in a season in franchise history and 205 yards away from passing Jordy Nelson (1,519 in 2014) for the franchise record. He is tied for No. 2 in the NFL this season with 12 receiving touchdowns. Adams is the only player in the NFL to register 70-plus receptions and 10-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the last three seasons (2016-18).

For Rodgers, it marks the seventh Pro Bowl selection of his career (2009, 2011-12, 2014-16). He has the second-most selections by a Green Bay quarterback, trailing Brett Favre’s nine (1992-93, 1995-97, 2001-03, 2007), and tied for the fourth-most selections by a Packer. For the first time in his career, Rodgers has registered 20-plus touchdowns and two or fewer interceptions in the first 14 games of the season (23/2). Dating back to 1950, he is the third player in the NFL with 20-plus TDs and two or fewer INTs in his team’s first 14 games of the season (Tom Brady, 22/2 in 2016; Nick Foles, 23/2 in 2013), according to pro-football-reference.com. Rodgers passed Patriots QB Tom Brady (358 in 2010-11) this season for the longest streak in league history for consecutive attempts without an INT (402).

Tackle David Bakhtiari, defensive lineman Kenny Clark and center Corey Linsley were named alternates.

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