Add another item to Russell Wilson’s already impressive rookie-season resume: Pro Bowl quarterback.
Wilson was added to the NFC squad today when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was forced to drop out after injuring his left shoulder during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Wilson was the third alternate at his position when the team was named last month.
The Redskins’ Robert Griffin III and Packers’ Aaron Rodgers also were voted to the NFC squad, but each has dropped out of the Pro Bowl, also due to injuries, and been replaced by the Saints’ Drew Brees and the Giants’ Eli Manning.
Wilson will be heading to Honolulu this week for Sunday’s NFL all-star game, where the rookie QB will join teammates Russell Okung, Max Unger, Marshawn Lynch, Leon Washington and Earl Thomas. They were voted berths on the NFC squad, Okung and Unger as the starters at left tackle and center; Washington as the kick returner; Lynch as the backup at running back to the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson; and Thomas as the backup free safety to the 49ers’ Dashon Goldson, although Goldson won’t play in the Pro Bowl because the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl.
Wilson led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record during the regular season and then the franchise’s first road playoff victory since 1983 when they beat the Redskins in a wild-card game. Along the way, Wilson threw 26 touchdown passes to tie the NFL rookie record and also broke the mark for rookie passer rating (100.0).