Washington Redskins’ Pro Bowl Selections Indicate Team Progress

By Greg Bradshaw
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Once upon a time, the NFL’s Pro Bowl was the premier contest that many NFL players aspired to participate in. It was a game where the NFL’s best converged onto the tropical paradise that is the state of Hawaii to exhibit their skills. It seemed to be a great experience for players and fans alike.

Currently, the Pro Bowl has the stigma of being the game that many players want to go to, but few seem to want to play in. The 2012 contest looked more like an NFL scrimmage, with several players not appearing to exert full effort during the contest.

But I digress. The 2013 NFC Pro Bowl roster featured three Washington Redskins’ players:  rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, left tackle Trent Williams, and linebacker/special teams player Lorenzo Alexander.  The selection of Griffin III was interesting, considering that another rookie quarterback, the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, has led his team to an NFC playoff berth as of this writing. Nevertheless, Griffin III has energized a Redskins’ fan base desperate for any kind of success. That alone qualifies him for Pro Bowl consideration.

Williams was Washington’s first round draft pick in 2010. At left tackle, he has been entrusted with protected Griffin III’s blind side. Williams is also the anchor of a Redskins’ offensive line that is responsible for paving the way for Washington’s number one ranked running attack. Rookie running back Alfred Morris benefits greatly from Williams’ efforts. Morris ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yardage with 1,413, which coincides with the stellar play of Williams and his offensive line teammates.

Alexander’s efforts as a player of all trades have finally paid off with a Pro Bowl berth.  He has plied his trade as a linebacker, defensive lineman, offensive lineman, and occasional fullback during his Redskins’ career.  He is the leader of a special teams’ unit that has not surrendered a touchdown in 2012. While the exploits of the Redskins’ offense gets a lot of publicity, it’s great to see Alexander getting the recognition he deserves.

Washington linebacker London Fletcher and Redskins’ placekicker Kai Forbath should have garnered some consideration for the Pro Bowl. Considering that the Redskins only had one representative for the 2012 Pro Bowl in Fletcher, the addition of three Redskins in 2013 represents progress. The play of Griffin III, Willams, and Alexander have staked Washington to a 9-6 record in 2012, and Redskins’ fans hope their newly named Pro Bowlers defeat the Dallas Cowboys Week 17 to claim the team’s first NFC East title since 1999. That would make the Pro Bowl confirmations that much sweeter.

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