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Earl Thomas headed to Hawaii for Pro Bowl

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm with 30 Comments »
December 27, 2011 4:15 pm
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (29) reacts after recovering a fumble by Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox (13) in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. Knox was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Pro Bowl drought for the Seattle Seahawks is over.

For the first time since 2008, a Seattle player will travel to Hawaii to play in the annual NFL all-star game.

With the Pro Bowl team announced this afternoon, Seattle second year pro safety Earl Thomas has been voted onto the team. Thomas was named as an alternate in his rookie season last year.

Thomas is second on the Seahawks in tackles with 92, has two interceptions on the year and anchors a secondary that ranks fourth in the NFC in total pass defense.

Thomas is the first Seattle safety voted to the Pro Bowl since Darryl Williams made the team in 1997.

The Seahawks also have five players who are alternates: cornerback Brandon Browner (first), safety Kam Chancellor (first), fullback Michael Robinson (first), running back Marshawn Lynch (second) and punter Jon Ryan (third).

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. (AP photo)

A mild surprise, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch did not make the team. Currently, Lynch is fourth in the NFC in rushing with 1,118 yards on 266 carries for a 4.1 per carry average. He’s also scored 13 touchdowns on the year and is fourth in the NFC in scoring.

Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, Chicago’s Matt Forte and San Francisco’s Frank Gore were voted to the team as running backs.

Players are picked by a combined vote of fans, coaches and fellow players.

In anticipation of today’s announcement, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked about some his players making the team on Monday.

“It’s good stuff,” Carroll said. “For all the hard work and for everybody, we’ll take pride in some guys getting on that if we can get there.

“We certainly have some guys that are worthy of that and they’ve had some great seasons and all. I can’t imagine Marshawn can’t be a part of this deal. He’s had a great football season.”

Seattle sent players to the Pro Bowl for eight straight seasons from 2001 to 2008. Former offensive tackle Walter Jones and linebacker Julian Peterson were the last Seattle players to go to the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Last year the Seahawks were the only team in the NFC West to not have a player on the Pro Bowl roster, even though they finished as division champs.

The 2012 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29, and televised live on NBC at 4 p.m. Pacific time from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Here’s the list of Seattle Seahawks players selected to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.

1978Steve Largent, WR
1979Steve Largent, WR
1981Steve Largent, WR
1982Kenny Easley, S
1983Kenny Easley, S
 Curt Warner, RB
1984Dave Brown, CB
 Kenny Easley, S
 Norm Johnson, K
 Dave Krieg, QB
 Steve Largent, WR
 Joe Nash, NT
 Fredd Young, special teams
1985Kenny Easley
 Steve Largent, WR
 Fredd Young, special teams
1986Bobby Joe Edmonds
 Jacob Green
 Steve Largent, WR
 Curt Warner, RB
 Fredd Young, LB
1987Kenny Easley, S
 Jacob Green, DE
 Steve Largent, WR
 Curt Warner, RB
 Fredd Young, LB
1988Dave Krieg, QB
 Rufus Porter, special teams
1989Brian Blades
 Dave Krieg, QB
 Rufus Porter, special teams
1990John L. Williams
1991Cortez Kennedy, DT
 John L. Williams, FB
1992Cortez Kennedy, DT
 Eugene Robinson, S
1993Cortez Kennedy, DG
 Eugene Robinson, S
 Chris Warren, RB
1994Cortez Kennedy, DT
 Rick Tuten, P
 Chris Warren, RB
1995Cortez Kennedy, DT
 Chris Warren, RB
1996Cortez Kennedy, DT
 Michael Sinclair, DE
1997Warren Moon, QB
 Michael Sinclair, DE
 Darryl Williams, S
1998Chad Brown, LB
 Cortez Kennedy, DT
 Michael Sinclair, DE
 Shawn Springs, CB
1999Chad Brown, LB
 Walter Jones, OT
 Cortez Kennedy, DT
2001Walter Jones, OT
 John Randle, DT
2002Walter Jones
2003Shaun Alexander, RB
 Alex Bannister, special teams
 Matt Hasselbeck
 Steve Hutchinson, OG
 Walter Jones, OT
2004Shaun Alexander, RB
 Steve Hutchinson, OG
 Walter Jones, OT
2005Shaun Alexander, RB
 Matt Hasselbeck, QB
 Steve Hutchinson, OG
 Walter Jones, OT
 Mack Strong, FB
 Lofa Tatupu, LB
 Robbie Tobeck, C
2006Walter Jones, OT
 Julian Peterson, LB
 Mack Strong, FB
 Lofa Tatupu, LB
2007Matt Hasselbeck, QB
 Walter Jones, OT
 Patrick Kerney, DE
 Julian Peterson, LB
 Lofa Tatupu, LB
 Marcus Trufant, CB
2008Walter Jones, OT
 Julian Peterson, LB

Leave a comment Comments → 30
  1. I feel Red Bryant should have been at least an alternate, and Jon Ryan too, but other than that, I’m really surprised Kam got so close, I think it’s deserved, but I’ve always seen the pro bowl as a popularity contest. Already pumped for the beginning of next season where our safeties will (hopefully) develop into the clear cut top tandem in the league.

  2. Soggybuc says:

    Red is very deserving, show me another lineman in the league with the ST blocks and ints he has.

  3. JazBadAzz says:

    Do the people that vote actually watch the game? Forte and gore over what lynch has been doing? GTFOH. no one can make and argument Kam didn’t play better than wilson from az??? M. Robinson should go, Big Red, clemons too…

    This is a joke because they even voted tebow in, gates did not have a better season then either te in new england…wow.

    I should have waited to post, oh well!

  4. JazBadAzz says:

    Kuhn from the packers shouldn’t go cause they didn’teven run the ball worth a damn until a week ago…SMDH

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Congrats to Earl. Very well deserved. I thought
    Kam and Lynch were deserving as well, but that doesn’t take anything away from Earl’s great season. Good job ET!

  6. Red got stiffed but technically DE is measured by pass rushing ability when it comes to pro-bowl…

    Until more teams scheme to use a DE as a run stuffer Red Bryant will not see Honolulu.

    Congrats Earl….. MUCH deserved being that the young man is quite unheralded. I’m happy that others can see how vital he is to the performance of our secondary..

  7. With Earl there, Kam being 1st alternate, and Browner 1st alternate… would that mean the Seattle secondary might be the best in the NFC Now?

  8. Hold on Adrian Wilson over Kam Chancellor?!


  9. I know I’m guilty of being a homer…. But that’s some BS

  10. Lynch should be there over Forte. He’s been the best RB in the league in the 2nd half of the season, and has way more TD’s (and I’ll be many more tough TD’s).

    Also, Kam and Red should be in the game.

    Can’t believe Philip Rivers made it. As his fantasy owner, I know well how crappy he has been this year. . .

  11. yea rivers has been awful this year. forte is on IR, so that means lynch gets it.

  12. nidhighe says:

    Lynch is 2nd alternate, so either Gore, McCoy, or the 1st alternate would have to not go before Lynch would get a spot.

  13. Matt Forte earned it…. When you present as over 80% of your teams offensive production pro bowl is an easy induction.

  14. Yeah, I have to agree on Forte there. Beasmo wasn’t even visible for the first part of the season. Forte, despite now being on IR, was a highly successful focal point of that Chicago offense every single week.

    Big Red got hosed. That dude should be pro-bowl bound.

  15. Oh, also…grats to ET. That’s awesome.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    RADEoN – Pro bowls or no, I think Seattle has the best secondary in the league. From an actual play and potential standpoint, I don’t think it’s close. Isn’t it awesome?!

  17. Lynch – 13 total TD’s; Forte – 4 TD’s … it’s not Forte’s fault he got hurt, but the pro bowl should be based on overall season accomplishments, and Lynch’s numbers are better, esp if you take away Forte’s one breakout 200 yrd game.

  18. “RADEoN – Pro bowls or no, I think Seattle has the best secondary in the league. From an actual play and potential standpoint, I don’t think it’s close. Isn’t it awesome?! ”

    Yeah, I agree. We all knew Earl was good – but the rest of these guys really came out of nowhere. Plenty of teams spend high 1st rounders on CB’s, we got ours for a song. Not bad at all.

  19. Palerydr says:

    Yes it is awesome the best secondary in the league combined with a decent pass rush and we are gonna lay some wood to teams next year.

    If we don’t have a player we like when we pick next year I wonder if the Hawks would trade down and aquire a 2013 1st round pick? That would give us possibly 2 1st round picks the kind of ammo you would need to trade up and get Barkely?

  20. Eight Niners in the Pro Bowl, only one Seahawk! Come on.

  21. Agreed, RADEon, 3 of 4 starters in our defensive backfield are on the pro bowl roster, and the fourth (Sherman) deserves to be a candidate for rookie of the year.

    Its not the best secondary in the NFL yet… but they will be if they want it bad enough.

  22. I’ve had both Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor on my fantasy football team all year and they have carried me to the championship game.

  23. BobbyAyala says:

    Three of four in the secondary are Pro Bowlers.

    Um, wow.

  24. 9ers/Hawks NFL Replay will be on tomorrow.. NFL Network.

  25. Didn’t think of this until someone mentioned it on FieldGulls, but that 61-yard missed FG against Atlanta was the difference between the Seahawks being eliminated from playoff contention and having a win-and-in game against Arizona this Sunday. The false-start penalty on Sidney Rice was costly. Of course, we got a playoff gift last year, so I shouldn’t complain.

  26. mocarob – thank you for the heads-up on the game being on tonight at 7:00 (my time). I missed the game for Christmas reasons (no direct tv and only had Lions/Chargers game, but they did switch to the last 2 minutes of the Seahawks game after the other game was over). Now I’m going to get to watch it!

  27. toymaker says:

    Makes you wonder what is gonna happen with Trufant next year..Not to mention the guys on the OL that have stepped it up and are playing as good, if not better than the guys they replaced. Next season should be very interesting, and I already can’t wait..

  28. mojjonation says:

    If Seattle had beaten Cleveland, not blown it in the fourth quarter to Washington, and gotten a couple more yards against Atlanta and made the field goal, it wouldn’t be a problem. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Next year is looking bright.

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