RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson now is 2-for-2, earning a Pro Bowl selection in each of his two NFL seasons.
Five other Seattle players were voted into the Pro Bowl -- running back Marshawn Lynch, center Max Unger, cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas and strong safety Kam Chancellor, giving the Seahawks three members of the Legion of Boom on the Pro Bowl squad.
Sherman and Thomas likely will be in the running for the NFL defensive player of the year honors. Sherman leads the NFL this season with eight interceptions. He also has the most interceptions (20) and the most passes defensed (59) over the last three seasons.
This is Sherman’s first Pro Bowl selection, but he was voted first-team All-Pro last season by the Associated Press.
Thomas, making his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, has five interceptions this season and is the emotional leader of the Seattle defense. He leads the team in solo tackles with 73.
Wilson certainly was no surprise with the season he’s had in leading the Seattle offense. Wilson has more victories than any second-year quarterback in NFL history with 23. He also is one of only three quarterbacks in league history to throw for over 50 touchdown passes in his first two seasons, joining Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.
This is the fourth Pro Bowl selection for Lynch. He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season and the fifth time in his career. He has tailed off a little in recent weeks, but still has 1,160 yards rushing, which ranks sixth in the NFL. Lynch has the most TDs in the NFL since 2011 with 38, including 34 rushing and four receiving.
Unger was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year. Russell Okung, who made his first Pro Bowl last season and is considered one of the best left tackles in the game, didn’t make it this year because he missed eight games with a toe injury.
Chancellor, earning Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career, is considered one of the fiercest tacklers in the league. He has 85 tackles this season and three interceptions.
It’s a bit of a surprise that kicker Steven Hauschka didn’t make the Pro Bowl. He has made 31 of 33 field goal attempts this season, but he had not missed a kick that made it past the line of scrimmage until last week against Arizona when a 24-yard attempt hit the upright. His only other miss was a blocked kick at Indianapolis.
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