Pro Bowl bits

After a one year respite, defensive end Aaron Kampman and wide receiver Donald Driver were voted to the NFC squad for the Feb. 10 Pro Bowl in Hawaii last week, and the Packers were kept from being shut out of the NFL's All-Star game in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1986 and 1987.

When the Packers do get someone to the Pro Bowl, they usually start. That, however, is not the case this year as both Driver and Kampman were named as reserves. This marks the first time since 1990 (wide receiver Sterling Sharpe) that the Packers will be represented at the game by only a reserve.

This is the first time since 1984 that the Packers are sending a multi-player contingent of reserves to the Pro Bowl. Back then, it was tight end Paul Coffman and wide receiver James Lofton. This is also the first time since 1958 the Packers are sending one offensive player and one defensive player to the Pro Bowl (center Jim Ringo and defensive back Bobby Dillon).

Kampman joins Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Reggie White, Ezra Johnson and Willie Davis as Packer defensive ends to make the Pro Bowl.

Driver is making his second Pro Bowl appearance and his first since 2002. He joins Sterling Sharpe (5), James Lofton (7), Carroll Dale (3) and Boyd Dowler (2) as Packer wide receivers with more than one Pro Bowl berth.

Didn't make it: ESPN analyst Darren Woodson included Packer cornerback Al Harris among his snubs on the network's morning radio program Wednesday.

Woodson should know. He made the Pro Bowl five times during his 13-year career as a safety for the Dallas Cowboys.

Boola boola: The Associated Press reported earlier this week that former Packer receiver James Lofton was a finalist for the head coching job at Stanford.

Former Bear quarterback Jim Harbaugh got the job over Lofton, who is a 1978 graduate at Stanford. After starring at Stanford, the Packers made Lofton the sixth overall pick of the 1978 draft and he went on to a Hall of Fame career. Lofton is in his fifth season as receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers.


Laura Veras Marran

Laura Veras Marran is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail her at lvmarran@aol.com.


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