Chiefs, Packers, Ravens, and Seahawks each send 7 players to Pro Bowl; Cowboys not recognized for third time in franchise history
On Monday, the National Football League announced its selections for the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl team. The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks led the way with seven players apiece receiving Pro Bowl honors. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys saw zero Pro Bowl selections on their roster for the third time in franchise history and for the first time since the 1986 and 1989 seasons.
The NFL-best Chiefs (13-1) saw their star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, DE Frank Clark, OT Eric Fisher, DT Chris Jones, WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce, and SS Tyrann Mathieu receive Pro Bowl honors. Meanwhile, the NFC’s top-seeded Packers got signal-caller Aaron Rodgers, wideout Davante Adams, CB Jaire Alexander, OT David Bakhtiari, OG Elgton Jenkins, RB Aaron Jones, and LB Za’Darius Smith onto the 2021 Pro Bowl roster.
The Ravens had OT Orlando Brown, DT Calais Campbell, long-snapper Morgan Cox, CB Marlon Humphrey, LB Matthew Judon, FB Patrick Ricard, and place kicker Justin Tucker earn Pro Bowl honors. Finally, the Seahawks sent their star QB Russell Wilson, SS Jamal Adams (first year with team), special-teamer Nick Bellore, FS Quandre Diggs, wideout D.K. Metcalf, and LB Bobby Wagner to the Pro Bowl.
Other notable Pro Bowl selections included Tennessee Titans running back and the NFL’s leading rusher in Derrick Henry, Miami Dolphins top-flight cornerback Xavien Howard, T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and star wideouts Stefon Diggs (Buffalo Bills) and Keenan Allen (LA Chargers). Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young made the roster for the NFC squad along with Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the team’s 2020 first-round NFL Draft selection out of LSU.
Along with Wilson, Mahomes, and Rogers, the other three Pro Bowl quarterbacks are the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray of the NFC, and AFC representatives Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans).
The Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, and Carolina Panthers each did not send a player to the Pro Bowl list. The game will not be played this season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the players will still be celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, on a Pro Bowl-themed show on a simulcast featuring both ESPN and ABC networks. A 2021 virtual Pro Bowl experience will be available within the Madden NFL 21 video game.
The Pro Bowl rosters in both the NFC and AFC were selected by votes cast amongst players, coaches, and fans of the league. For more sports coverage, click here.