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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
And Jansen gives Panthers six Pro Bowlers

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Long-snapper J.J. Jansen is the sixth member of the Carolina Panthers selected to the Pro Bowl.

Jansen tweeted his selection as a coach's pick on Wednesday, writing:

Blessed and honored to be joining my @Panthers teammates and coaches in Hawaii for this year's Pro Bowl!

— JJ Jansen (@JJJansen44) January 15, 2014

Carolina coach Ron Rivera and his staff will coach the team picked by Jerry Rice in the Jan. 26 game. They were selected because the Panthers (12-5) had the best record among the teams that lost in the NFC divisional round playoffs.

Jansen will be joining Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, center Ryan Kalil, fullback Mike Tolbert, defensive end Greg Hardy and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The first Pro Bowl draft between Rice and Deion Sanders, whose team will be coached by the Indianapolis staff, will be on Jan. 21-22 at 8 p.m. on NFL Network. Players will be put into a draft pool and selected by the two Hall of Famers.

The six Carolina Pro Bowl selections are one shy of the team record set in 1996. Left tackle Jordan Gross could be added as a replacement for San Francisco's Joe Staley if the 49ers beat Seattle in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.