- Eric D. Williams, ESPN Staff Writer
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SAN DIEGO -- Quarterback Philip Rivers deservedly earned his fifth Pro Bowl invitation Friday evening when the NFL announced this year’s all-star team headed to Hawaii.
“Philip and Eric are both deserving representatives of our organization, as are several other players,” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. “Their play speaks for itself, and they are both great leaders and great teammates. I’m very proud they will be representing the Chargers at the Pro Bowl.”
Rivers has a NFL-best 69.7 completion percentage. He’s third in the league in yards per attempt (8.3), fourth in passing yards (4,249) and fifth in touchdown passes (29).
“I know this is an individual accomplishment,” Rivers said earlier this week about the possibility of making the Pro Bowl. “But this is the ultimate team game, and it takes every guy. So I think when guys get recognized, it’s a reflection of how the team, and how the unit has played all year long.”
Weddle has played every snap on defense for the Chargers this season, leading San Diego in tackles with 101. Weddle also has two interceptions and a sack.
Tight end Antonio Gates was named a third alternate. Gates leads San Diego in receptions, with 73 for 841 yards and three touchdowns.
Center Nick Hardwick was named a fourth alternate. Hardwick is on pace to start every game in 2013, anchoring a unit that has started six different offensive line combinations this season.
Hardwick and the rest of San Diego’s offensive line have done a nice job protecting Rivers, who has been sacked just 27 times this season, compared to 49 times last year. The Chargers also are No. 13 in the NFL in rushing (118.6 yards per game).
Along with Hardwick, San Diego punter Mike Scifres and fullback Le’Ron McClain were voted as fourth alternates. And running back Ryan Mathews was selected as a sixth alternate. Mathews has rushed for a career-high 1,111 yards this season.
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