Clifton named to Pro Bowl squad

Offensive tackle making his first trip to annual all-star game

Green Bay Packers tackle Chad Clifton has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, the league announced today. Clifton, making his first trip to the Pro Bowl, replaces Seahawks tackle Walter Jones.

Clifton was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2004 and '05. The eighth-year pro started all 16 games at left tackle for the Packers in 2007 and has started 79 of 80 games since returning from a pelvic injury that ended his 2002 season.

The other two offensive tackles representing the NFC in the Feb. 9 Pro Bowl include the Dallas Cowboys' Flozelle Adams and Washington's Chris Samuels. Adams was named to his fourth Pro Bowl. Samuels is making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance.

Clifton will join teammates Brett Favre, Donald Driver, Aaron Kampman and Al Harris at the Pro Bowl, to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy and his staff are coaching the NFC squad. McCarthy said today that he not sure if Favre plans to participate in the all-star game.

Korth quick take
It's about time Clifton finally get a trip to Hawaii, though, it is through the back door. He has earned the award, and should have gotten the honor in recent years as well.

Clifton is one of the best pass blockers in the league and has adapted sufficiently to Green Bay's zone blocking scheme. He has played a big part in Favre's amazing ironman starting streak.

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