CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks returns an interception against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFL Pro Bowl Rosters 2012: Seattle Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas To Start, Five Named Alternates

The Seattle Seahawks broke back into the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2008. Here's a look at which players may take part and which players were overlooked.

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2012 NFL Pro Bowl Rosters: Seahawks Finally Return To Hawaii With Earl Thomas

The Seattle Seahawks have not sent a lot of players to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl in recent years, but that changed in 2011-2012 with safety Earl Thomas heading to play for the NFC. Players such as fullback Michael Robinson, safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Brandon Browner could also be selected fairly early as first string alternates. Marshawn Lynch and punter Jon Ryan made the second and third strings, respectively, as well.

Seattle had not had a player selected for the game in two years -- and they were the only team to do so in the NFL -- although that changes this time around. Potentially having multiple players in the Pro Bowl is a great honor for those involved and is great exposure for the franchise. A young team that continues to improve, Seahawks fans can only expect even more success in the coming years.

The 2012 Pro Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, January 29, 2012 from Aloha Stadium. The teams were selected by a combination of votes from the players, coaches and fans from around the league.

For more on the Seahawks and the Pro Bowl, head on over to Field Gulls to discuss the team with fellow fans.


NFL Pro Bowl Rosters 2012: Which Seahawks Were "Snubbed"?

Ok, I hate to use the word "snubbed" because there are a lot of really deserving players out there, so let's just re-phrase that to "which Seahawks weren't selected but probably could have been"? And to answer that, I'd say there are a few, most notably DE Chris Clemons, DE Red Bryant, DT Brandon Mebane, and CB Richard Sherman. Also on the list of players that probably could have been named are LT Russell Okung and WR Sidney Rice, but both players were excluded from contention due to injury.

As long as we're talking about it, I thought that C Max Unger had himself a very solid, possibly Pro Bowl caliber season. Alan Branch made strides this season and could have possibly been considered. Even rookie Doug Baldwin made a case for himself with 48 receptions for 748 yards and 4 touchdowns. Hell, I'm probably forgetting a player or two. Now, I'm a little biased and watch far greater amounts of Seahawks football than any other team so I realize that there's probably a list of players from each team that 'could have made the team'.

That said, as for Red Bryant, how on earth can you snub a guy that's done both of these things in the same season:



HOW COULD YOU NOT PICK BRYANT??!!! Ok, I feel better now. Congrats to Earl Thomas and the rest of the Seahawks alternatives for their selections.


NFL Pro Bowl Rosters 2012: Seahawks Could Send Several Alternates to Hawaii


The Seahawks, after enduring two years without sending any one player to the Pro Bowl, the only team in the NFL to do that, are back in, baby!

Free safety Earl Thomas was named a starter for the NFC team this year, breaking Seattle out of the slump. San Francisco 49er and former University of Washington Husky Dashon Goldson will back him up and they'll be joined by Adrian Wilson of Arizona at strong safety. Earl may not be the only representative for the Seahawks though, as Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, and Michael Robinson were named first alternates.

With Chancellor, Browner, and Mike Rob as first alternates, all three players stand a good chance of actually playing in the game. Carlos Rogers and Charles Woodson are the starting cornerbacks, and both have a good chance of playing long into the playoffs, perhaps even in the Superbowl. If this is the case, it's possible one of them will not play or opt out. Browner, a CFL star prior to being signed by the Seahawks this season, would be in.

Same story goes for Pro Bowl starting fullback John Kuhn, who just so happens to be on a team, the Packers, that are favorites to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. If that happens and Kuhn doesn't play, Michael Robinson, a waiver-wire addition by the Seahawks in 2010 from the Niners, would be next in line to take the trip to Hawaii. Kam Chancellor, a fifth round selection in 2010, would be next in line if Adrian Wilson doesn't make the trip.

Marshawn Lynch was also named a second Pro Bowl alternate, and is sitting behind LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Frank Gore, and another alternate that hasn't yet been announced. Matt Forte is on the injured reserve and won't play in the game, making Lynch the de facto first alternate. Frank Gore, similarly to Carlos Rodgers, could be playing deep into the playoffs and considering his health issues from the season, may opt out of the game regardless. If that happens, it looks like Lynch would be in.

Finally, P Jon Ryan was named third alternate for the team. I'm not sure who is in front of him, but it's unlikely they'll all opt out.

All in all - I don't want to say it's likely that this happens, but there's a decent chance we could see Thomas, Browner, Robinson, and Lynch in Hawaii this season. At worst, it'd make the game a little more enjoyable to Seahawks fans.

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls!


NFL Pro Bowl Rosters 2012: Seattle Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas Named Starter

The Seattle Seahawks have to be pleased that someone is headed to the Pro Bowl. Earl Thomas has had one big-time season, compiling 92 tackles, scooping up two fumbles and picking off two more passes and deflecting six passes. It's been a nice season for the second-year safety out of Texas, and he's earned a trip to Hawaii for his efforts.

He might not be the only Seahawk who ends up there. Fullback Michael Robinson, fellow safety Kam Chancellor, and cornerback Brandon Browner are all first alternates, and could make it onto the team if any of the Pro Bowl starters at their position end up in the Super Bowl. Marshawn Lynch is the second alternate at running back, and punter Jon Ryan is the third alternate at his position.

The Pro Bowl team is determined by fan, player and coach vote with each group worth 1/3 the final vote.

To discuss the Seahawks and their Pro Bowl selections, head over to Field Gulls.

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