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Nittany Lion Alums Make NFL Pro Bowl

Former Nittany Lion players NaVorro Bowman and Tamba Hali selected to NFL Pro Bowl.

Former Penn State standouts NaVorro Bowman (San Francisco 49ers) and Tamba Hali (Kansas City Chiefs) have been selected to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl.

NaVorro Bowman, ILB, San Francisco 49ers

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Bowman, an inside linebacker for the 49ers, has made a triumphant comeback after missing all of last season due to a left knee injury suffered in the 2013 NFC title game gainst the Seattle Seahawks. Prior to the injury, Bowman was a Pro Bowl selection in both 2012 and 2013 and was a first-team All-Pro pick in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Widely considered San Francisco's most valuable player this season, Bowman is tied for the most tackles in the league this season with 136 along with a pari of sacks and two defended passes. He finished third with the fan vote among inside linebackers behind Carolina's Luke Kuechly and Green Bay's Clay Matthews.

Tamba Hali, OLB, Kansas Citiy Chiefs

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This is Hali's sixth straight Pro Bowl selection. On the season he has 48 tackels and 6.5 sacks, already eclipsing his sack total from last season. He is also among the top 10 in quarterback pressures this season. He has been an All-Pro selection twice in 2011 and 2013.

An omission from the Pro Bowl roster that is surprising to many NFL and Penn State fans is Jacksonville Jaguar and former Nittany Lion WR Allen Robinson. Although he is named as first alternate receiver, Robinson is having one of the best wideout season performances in Jaguars' history and is also having one of the best NFL seasons as a receiver in 2015.

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Robinson is tied for the league's best 13 touchdown catches. He is also seventh in receiving yardage with 1,141 yards. His 16.5 YPC average is also the best among players with 1,000+ receiving outside of Colt T.Y. Hilton (16.7 YPC). 

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