Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle Named to Pro Bowl

 

Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) after an interception during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

At 6:00 PST, the NFL announced the players selected for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl. Check out the rest of the Pro Bowl selections here. Remember, the Pro Bowl will not be the typical AFC vs. NFC pillow fight that the NFL axed last year. This year, the NFL will debut their new, fantasy-style Pro Bowl draft from the list of selected players.

So, Philip Rivers and Eric Weddle could very well end up playing against each other this year. Another major change, the blue and red jerseys will also be gone. In their place is the new neon color scheme of “vibrant orange” and “volt green.” Check them out if you haven’t seen them yet:

(Courtesy of NFL Communications)

(Courtesy of NFL Communications)

Philip Rivers was selected for his 1st Pro Bowl since the 2011 season, when Vincent Jackson and Ryan Mathews joined him. Rivers has had a resurrection season to say the least. Rivers is leading the NFL in completion percentage at 69.2%. He is 4th in the NFL in passing yardage with 4249. Rivers trails only Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Mathew Stafford in that category. Rivers is 5th in the NFL in passing touchdowns with 29, with only 10 interceptions on the year. Rivers is well deserving of the nomination so it will be interesting to see where he gets picked. This will be Philip Rivers’ 5th Pro Bowl nod.

 

Eric Weddle has already posted over 100 tackles on the year, 2 interceptions, a sack, and a forced fumble. It’s harder to judge defensive players based on stats alone, though. Eric Weddle was all over the place for the Chargers D this year. He can rush the passer off the edge, play nickle on 3rd down, and most importantly, patrol the deep end of the field. Weddle is by far the best player on the Chargers defense, and probably the best safety in football. Plus, that beard is just unrivaled. This will be Eric Weddle’s 4th Pro Bowl selection (4th in a row without the gap year).

Here’s what Coach Mike McCoy had to say to Ricky Henne of  Chargers.com about the nominations:

“Philip and Eric are both deserving representatives of our organization, as are several other players. Their play speaks for itself, and they are both great leaders and great teammates. I’m very proud they will be representing the Chargers at the Pro Bowl.”

Five Chargers were also named as Pro Bowl alternates: TE Antonio Gates, C Nick Hardwick, FB Le’ron McClain, P Mike Scifres, and RB Ryan Mathews.

I actually can’t wait to see how the new Pro Bowl format turns out and how our offensive and defensive captains rep the Super Chargers. Be sure to tune in to the Pro Bowl draft on January 22 at 5:00 PM PST.

 

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Topics: Eric Weddle, Philip Rivers, Pro Bowl, San Diego Chargers

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  • veazy

    If the jerseys are going to be college-styled, the next designs are going to feature a lot of black, chrome, and matte.

    • Conor Cahill

      They will have a different pair of shoes for each quarter

  • Derek

    I was Soo ready to protest if they didn’t get a nod. I think hardwick should be there too.

    • Conor Cahill

      Hardwick was voted in as an alternate. Much deserved.

  • Derek

    I do wanna make a ruckus about wood head not getting in though. He’s been better than sproles this yr.

    • Conor Cahill

      If the Chargers were a legit playoff team I bet Woodhead, Mathews, or Allen could have had a shot at a nomination.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Awesome!

  • Daryl Peek

    I understand the non conference thing but how is Gates not in the Probowl?!?

    • Conor Cahill

      Not even Tony Gonzalez made the Pro Bowl. I never though I’d see the day.

  • blu3ny3llow

    No Ryan Mathews WTF!!!!

    • Conor Cahill

      The runningbacks selected were Marshawn Lynch, Frank Gore, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, and Jamaal Charles. All of them have more rushing yards and TDs than Mathews. He’s had a great season, but I’m not sure it’s Pro Bowl worthy.

  • arnie

    That is great news, but i’m hoping they will be busy in January.

    • Conor Cahill

      Haha we can dream right?

  • Cgoodness13

    Oh hey McClain was voted as a alternative.

    • Conor Cahill

      not sure why haha he has a total of 22 yards from scrimmage on the season.

  • Bill Nichols

    Thanks, but no thanks, we will be busy…. And you missed a few guys idiots, like always, Bolts get snubbed in the Pro- Blow, here’s to hoping we rub your nose’s in it… Bolts Up!!!

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