Thanks to the 49ers’ win over the Falcons to send San Francisco to the Super Bowl, the Redskins will have two more players going to the Pro Bowl.
Linebacker London Fletcher will make his fourth straight trip to Hawaii for the annual all-star game next week. Both inside linebackers on the NFC roster, Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman, play for the 49ers. Since Super Bowl participants do not play in the Pro Bowl, Fletcher, who was selected as an alternate, will go.
Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will make his first trip to the Pro Bowl in his second year in the league. He will take the place of the 49ers Aldon Smith. The team's 2011 first-round draft pick led the team in sacks with 8.2, had one interceptions which he returned for a touchdown, and forced two fumbles.
Fletcher just completed his 15th NFL season at the age of 37. He led the Redskins in tackles with 139 and in interceptions with five. He and Kerrigan will join offensive tackle Trent Williams and special teamer Lorenzo Alexander on the NFC team. Quarterback Robert Griffin III was selected to the team but he is recovering from knee surgery performed shortly after the end of the Redskins’ season.
San Francisco running back Frank Gore was a Pro Bowl selection but the Redskins’ Alfred Morris, the second-leading rusher in the NFL, will not go in his place. He was picked as a second alternate; first alternate Doug Martin of the Bucs will go instead of Gore.