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Three More Seahawks Head to Pro Bowl: Fan Reaction
On Jan. 23, the Seahawks announced that defensive backs Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor have been tabbed to replace 49ers Carlos Rogers and Dashon Goldson, respectively, who decided not to participate due to injuries. Rogers has been dealing with a knee injury for the last half of the season, and Goldson has been bothered by his ankle for the past two games.
That gives Seattle a total of five Pro Bowlers for this season. Browner, Chancellor, and Lynch join defensive back Earl Thomas and fullback Michael Robinson in Hawaii. Thomas was voted as the starting free safety, while Robinson replaces the injured John Kuhn of the Green Bay Packers. That number matches the fourth-highest total of Pro Bowl 'Hawks in team history. The team sent seven players in 1984 and 2005, sent six players in 2007, and this is the fourth time that five players have been tabbed.
It's nice to see Lynch make it to the Pro Bowl after the stellar year that he turned in. On its face, it seemed like a travesty that he was left off of the roster when he was voted the second alternate behind Gore and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, but it would be a difficult argument to make for Lynch to start over either of those two, were they healthy. But fate has smiled on Lynch—at the expense of Gore and Peterson, unfortunately—and he now gets a well-deserved honor for his 2011 season.
Lynch racked up career bests in rushing yards (1,204), rushing touchdowns (12) and total touchdowns (13) in 2011, becoming the first Seahawks running back to top the century mark since Shaun Alexander in 2005. He also broke another one of Alexander's records, scoring in 11 consecutive games. Alexander scored in nine games in a row in 2005.
In the season finale, Lynch became the first player to score a rushing touchdown against the 49ers and the first back to rush for over 100 yards against them in 36 games, stretching back to 2006.
Browner and Chancellor are nothing to sneeze at, either. Browner pulled down six interceptions on the year—tied for second-best in the NFL—and returned two of them for touchdowns. Not too shabby for a guy who played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League for the past four years—being named all-league in each of the last three seasons—and who was just signed to a futures contract with the Seahawks a year ago.
Chancellor picked off four passes and was No. 2 on the team with 94 tackles. Chancellor is one of my favorites on the Seahawks. He's always around the ball, disrupting passes and hitting like a Mack truck. I'm very happy to see him traveling to Honolulu.
Three of the four starters in Seattle's defensive backfield are now headed to the Pro Bowl, which is pretty impressive, considering that the Seahawks were beaten like rented mules in that area last season. This year's crew, however, was ranked No. 11 in passing yards allowed, and they intercepted 22 passes on the year—fourth-best in the NFL.
All told, this is a great crop of players to represent the Seahawks in the Pro Bowl. The team's 7-9 record belies the fact that they got off to a dismal 2-6 start on the year before going 5-3 down the stretch. They started to gel after working through some injuries, and they show considerable signs of hope for 2012.
Sending five to the Pro Bowl only adds to that hopeful feeling.
The author grew up in Washington State and is a lifelong fan of the Seahawks. He is also a Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.
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