The 2021 Pro Bowl will not be played due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but top players are still being recognized for their play this season, and the Seahawks are well represented on this year's Pro Bowl roster, with seven players named to the NFC team: quarterback Russell Wilson, linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Jamal Adams, safety Quandre Diggs, receiver DK Metcalf, long snapper Tyler Ott, and fullback Nick Bellore, who was selected for his play on special teams. Seven Pro-Bowl selections is tied for the most in franchise history, and is tied for the most in the league this year with Baltimore, Kansas City and Green Bay.
A total of 88 players were named to the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams, with rosters determined by the consensus of votes of fans, players and coaches. Five Seahawks topped their position in NFC fan voting: Metcalf, Wagner, Diggs, Bellore and Wilson, who had the second most total fan votes league wide behind Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
This is eight Pro-Bowls in nine seasons for Wilson, who ranks second in the league in passing touchdowns with a franchise-record 37, second in completion percentage (70.2) and sixth in passer rating (107.1). Wagner, who ranks sixth in the league with 126 tackles, is a Pro-Bowler for the seventh straight year.
Wilson and Wagner have now matched the Pro-Bowl selections of Hall of Famers Cortez Kennedy and Steve Largent, respectively. Only Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones has more than Wilson and Kennedy with nine.
"They've been the leaders the whole way," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Wagner and Wilson last week. 'They've been the guys who've been out in front and carry the message and make whatever I'm pitching make sense—I need a lot of help—and those guys have always been right there. They're just class, character people and it's so important to them to represent for themselves and for their club, and they're just incredible competitors. So you can't ask for more than what those guys have been. And like we've said before, they've been rewarded for it as well, and they've been recognized and seen for the great players and the contributors that they are. And they do such a respectful job in the community and everything that they do, everything they stand for. They've been perfect."
This is the third straight Pro Bowl for Adams, who was acquired in a trade this summer. Adams has a team-leading 9.5 sacks in only 10 games this season, an NFL record for sacks by a defensive back, and is third on the team with 72 tackles.
This is the first Pro-Bowl selection for Metcalf, who has 1,223 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns through 14 games. Metcalf, one of three receivers in Seahawks history with 1,200 receiving yards in a season, is just 64 yards short of Largent's single season franchise record with two games left to play.
It is also the first Pro-Bowl nod for Diggs, a six-year veteran who came to Seattle last year in a midseason trade. Diggs has a team-high four interceptions this season, nine passes defensed and 52 tackles.
The Seahawks having two representatives on special teams in Bellore and Ott is fitting, as that has been the most consistent part of Seattle's play throughout the year. Jason Myers, who has made 31 straight field goals dating back to last season, including a franchise long 61-yarder in Week 10, and Michael Dickson, who is among the league leaders in punting average, net average and punts downed inside the 20, were not selected, but are having Pro-Bowl caliber seasons as well.
Bellore is tied with Cody Barton for the team lead with 12 tackles on special teams, tied for third most in the NFL. Ott, meanwhile, has been accurate all season long, making him relatively anonymous at a position where attention usually only falls on players when they make a mistake.
"The whole teams unit is playing really well," Carroll said… "We're getting really good play out of those guys."
Metcalf, Diggs, Ott, and Bellore all making their first Pro Bowl and Adams making it this year for Seattle makes 24 players acquired by John Schneider and Pete Carroll who have made the Pro Bowl as Seahawks, 11 draft picks, six trade acquisitions, six free-agent signings and one undrafted rookie free agent signing:
Draft (11): Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett, Shaquill Griffin, Michael Dickson, DK Metcalf
Trade: (6): Leon Washington, Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham, Duane Brown, Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams
Free Agent (6): Michael Robinson, Brandon Browner, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Nick Bellore, Tyler Ott
UDFA (1): Doug Baldwin
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