When the Pro Bowl roster was initially announced, there were three Washington Redskins‘ players listed. Of those three, linebackers London Fletcher and Ryan Kerrigan weren’t included. Due to the fact that the San Francisco 49ers are making a trip to the Super Bowl, Fletcher and Kerrigan will both get an opportunity. They will replace Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith on the NFC roster.
The Redskins that were originally named to the NFC Pro Bowl team were quarterback Robert Griffin III, offensive tackle Trent Williams and Lorenzo Alexander for his outstanding special teams play. Of course, Griffin won’t be able to play due to his knee injury. He was the seventh rookie quarterback to ever be selected to the Pro Bowl. It was also the first time Washington had a Pro Bowl quarterback since 1999.
Williams, who had by far his most productive season since being with Washington, will not play Sunday in the Pro Bowl. He was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in Hawaii, and incurred minor injuries. It is unfortunate that he won’t have the chance to represent the Redskins, as he had a stellar season. Especially due to the way he ended his 2011 campaign with a four-game suspension.
Alexander is the one, of those original three, that will play Sunday. He is being awarded for consistently being the first man down field to make a tackle on special teams for the Redskins this season. When watching, it was expected that Alexander would show up on your television screen during a punt or kick-off return. He was knocking returners’ heads off on a weekly basis.
Fletcher deserved to be a Pro Bowler in the first place, in my opinion. He will be making an appearance for the fourth straight year, and he’s been as consistent as any linebacker in the game of football during his career. He had five interceptions this season, to go along with 139 total tackles. Kerrigan will make his first trip to Hawaii as a member of the Pro Bowl roster. In only his second season, Kerrigan had 8.5 sacks. The most impressive part of Kerrigan’s season, is the fact that linebacker Brian Orakpo was injured all year as well, which brought more attention to Kerrigan. However, he still managed to have a productive season for the Redskins.
The Pro Bowl isn’t such a popular game anymore, as players have constantly began to opt out of playing on their own. But, it is always an honor to be able to play alongside the best players in the league. It is also an accolade to add to their career’s resume.
Josiah Turner/Redskins columnist