Four Louisville football greats were selected to the NFL Pro Bowl on Monday evening.
After guiding to the NFL North Division title, second year Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was selected to his first Pro Bowl appearance. Bridgewater completed 65 percent of his attempts and threw for 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns. He became the 2nd Vikings quarterback in franchise history (QB Fran Tarkenton) to register 4 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown in a game after his 5-touchdown performance vs. Chicago (12/20).
Following a career season for the Cleveland Browns, tight end Gary Barnidge is making his first appearance in the league's All-Star game. Chosen as an alternative, Barnidge replaces New England's Rob Gronkowski in the game. Barnidge hualed in 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Barnidge tied Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome with the most touchdowns by a tight end in Browns franchise history and was second for most yards.
Making his second consecutive and fifth overall Pro Bowl appearance is ten year veteran outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil, who holds the U of L record for sacks in a game (6) and season (20.5) totaled 48 tackles and six sacks for the Baltimore Ravens in 2015.
Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood is making his first appearance in the Pro Bowl. His seven year veteran was chosen as an alternate and will replace Carolina Panters center Ryan Kalil. Wood, who was a two-time First Team All-Big East selection during his time at U of L, is the first Bills center to be named to the Pro Bowl since Wall of Famer Kent Hull went back in 1990.
The NFL Pro Bowl will be held in Honolulu, Haw., on Sunday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m.