The Seattle Seahawks got some Pro Bowl love on Wednesday, when it had five players selected to the NFC Pro Bowl roster.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Seahawks will send two members of its offensive line in center Max Unger and tackle Russell Okung. Both were named starters for the game. Also, from the offense is running back Marshawn Lynch, who is the NFL's second-leading rusher. Lynch makes the roster as a backup. It will be his second-consecutive Pro Bowl.
RB Leon Washington makes the roster, but heads to the game as a kick returner. Washington, who handles both kick and punt return duties for Seattle, has been a force in the return game, regularly giving the offense great field position and is always a threat to take one back for six. He averages 30.1 yards per return, and has scored one TD this year.
Somewhat surprisingly, the dominant Seahawks defense only sends one player to the Pro Bowl - and it wasn't Richard Sherman. Instead, it was safety Earl Thomas. Thomas makes the roster as a backup.
In addition to the players named to the roster, a handful of Seahawks were named alternates.
Defensive end Chris Clemons, fullback Michael Robinson and cornerback Richard Sherman are first alternates. Safety Kam Chancellor, special teamer Heath Farwell and punter Jon Ryan are second alternates. Quarterback Russell Wilson is a third alternate and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is a fourth alternate.
Congrats to Marshawn Lynch, Max Unger, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas and Leon Washington for being selected to the #ProBowl! @seahawks— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) December 27, 2012