Four Seahawks earn Pro Bowl nod
Safety Earl Thomas, tight end Jimmy Graham, quarterback Russell Wilson, and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner were named to the Pro Bowl Tuesday night, with Thomas as a starter. The Seahawks could potentially have a couple more as WR Doug Baldwin, DL Michael Bennett, SS Kam Chancellor, and WR Tyler Lockett were listed as alternates. This was a healthy haul for a team who may miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Earl Thomas has 71 tackles, a forced fumble, 6 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions. In a heavily depleted defensive lineup, Earl has time after time cleaned up for sloppy play all around him. Thomas has long been the best safety in the entire NFL and after a horrible injury last year, in his 8th season he has proven that he is still on top of his game. A 5 time All-Pro, this is his 6th Pro-Bowl.
Jimmy Graham has had a bit of a resurgence in his career with 9 TDs this year–leads all NFL TEs. In his 8th season, Graham has 53 catches and 472 yards. While he is on pace for the fewest yards that he has ever had as a Seahawks, he has come up big in the red zone, a skill the Hawks have been looking for to manifest since he arrived in 2015. This is his 5th Pro Bowl.
Russell Wilson is having a career year and due to injuries across the team, maybe the main reason the Hawks will have a winning record. Headed to his 4th Pro Bowl, Wilson looks to set career highs in passing yards and TDs. He is currently in the top 5 in yards passing with 3,669 and 2nd in the NFL in TDs with 30. While having dropped out of the MVP discussion, there is no doubt that Russell has put 110% out there on the field and earned the respect of peers and fans across the NFL.
Bobby Wagner was in the discussion for defensive player of the year until he got hurt. The 3 time All-Pro will make his 4th Pro Bowl this year on the strength of 122 tackles and 2 interceptions. In this injury plagued year, the 6th year veteran has proven that he has been able to hold together a potential sinking ship. Wagner has played though injury and the odds to help keep the Hawks in the playoff hunt.