Friday, December 27, 2013
Pro Bowl selections: Atlanta Falcons
By Vaughn McClure
When the Pro Bowl rosters were announced Friday night, some expected Tony Gonzalez's name to be on the list.
It was not to be.
Gonzalez and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons were shut out under the new format that eliminates having AFC and NFC teams.
The veteran Gonzalez, however, is an alternate for the Jan. 26 game in Hawaii. It is unclear whether he's a first, second, third or fourth alternate.
The tight ends chosen for the Pro Bowl were New Orleans' Jimmy Graham, San Francisco's Vernon Davis, Cleveland's Jordan Cameron, and Denver's Julius Thomas. Graham, Davis, and Thomas are all on postseason-bound teams, meaning any of those three could pull out of the Pro Bowl due to the Super Bowl.
In the past, Gonzalez has been an alternate yet elected not to be added to the roster after someone else pulled out.
Gonzalez, who is set to retire following Sunday's game against Carolina, has been named to 13 Pro Bowls in 17 seasons. He was a Pro Bowler for the Falcons the last three seasons.
The Falcons had five players selected to the Pro Bowl last season: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, and Gonzalez.
Click here for the complete Pro Bowl roster.