Eagles send five players to Pro Bowl

By JEFFREY WARNER
Staff Writer — jwarner@highhopesblog.com
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The 2011 Pro Bowl rosters were announced Tuesday evening and five Eagles players found out that they will be making the trip to Hawaii the week before the Super Bowl to represent the NFC. And the lucky players, chosen to play in this year’s Pro Bowl are…

Quarterback Michael Vick led the NFC in fan voting and will start at QB for the NFC. It is his fourth Pro Bowl selection and his first as an Eagle. Vick is also one of the strong candidates for league MVP. He has recorded over 3300 yards of offense and 28 touchdowns. Without Vick’s play, who knows where the Eagles would be right now. But because of him the Eagles are where most people thought they wouldn’t be this season, 2010 NFC East Division Champions and the playoffs.

Left Tackle Jason Peters was selected to start in the 2011 Pro Bowl. It is his fourth Pro Bowl selection and his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, two of those have come while in the midnight green. Peters was traded to the Eagles in April 2009 from the Buffalo Bills for a 1st and other draft picks and signed a six year, $60 million deal. Coach Andy Reid said when they acquired the Pro Bowl left tackle, “Jason Peters is the best tackle in football.” Peters has played very well but has gotten an extreme amount of criticism for his constant injuries and mediocre play with large amount of penalties. Last year he led offensive lineman in penalties.

WR Desean Jackson was voted into his second consecutive Pro Bowl. Last year, he was the first player ever to be voted in at two different positions (wide receiver, returner). This year he isn’t even a starter. Jackson is voted in as the first backup behind the Falcons’ Roddy White, and the Lions’ Calvin Johnson. In three years in the league, he has had back-to back 1000 yard seasons and this year recorded six receiving touchdowns. He leads the NFL with 22.8 yards a reception.

CB Asante Samuel is the only defensive player to be voted in on this mediocre Eagles defense. Samuel will start opposite of Packers’ Charles Woodson. It is his 5th consecutive Pro Bowl and fourth as an Eagle. He is tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with seven even after missing four games this year.

Kicker David Akers will be the NFC place kicker, as he is voted to his fourth Pro bowl, his first since 2009. He leads the NFL in scoring for kickers with 134 points. He is 44/44 on all extra points and 30/35 for field goals with a long of 50 yards.

The alternates have not been selected yet and will be announced this week. But none of this will matter if the Eagles make it to Super Bowl Sunday as players playing in the big game sit out.

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