Jason Peters, LeSean McCoy Named to the Pro Bowl
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The Eagles will be represented at the Pro Bowl, with two players named to the NFL All Star game.
Running back LeSean McCoy, and tackle Jason Peters were all named to the team Friday.
Quarterback Nick Foles was a first alternate and wide receiver DeSean Jackson and left guard Evan Mathis were second alternates.
Under a new format this year, NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divvy up the players in a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game. Offensive and defensive players with the most votes who don't make it past the divisional playoff round will serve as active player captains.
Peters said Friday night that this selection is the most satisfying one of his career.
"Yeah, most definitely," Peters admitted. "Coming off two Achilles surgeries, and I was kind of banged up a little bit earlier in the year, it’s definitely my best one yet."
As for McCoy, this will be the second time he will play in the NFL all-star game and it means a lot for him to be recognized for his efforts.
"It means a lot to me," said McCoy. "It’s exciting. A lot of my teammates have helped me out to get to this point. It’s exciting, I can’t wait to enjoy this time with my family. I’m taking my son for the first time.”
At 25 years old, McCoy is the third-youngest Eagles running back to earn two Pro Bowl nods behind Barnes and Montgomery, but knows this Chip Kelly offense is a big part of the success he is having this season.
“Just when Chip [Kelly] came here, we knew we were going to run the ball," McCoy acknowledged. "The linemen, they’ve all been healthy this whole year. They’ve been blocking so well for me and without those guys, it’s not possible to be honored.”
One of those lineman McCoy is talking about is Peters, who is making his sixth Pro Bowl appearance and fourth as an Eagle, who just might be the best players he has ever played with.
“He’s by far the best lineman I’ve ever played with in my career, from high school to college to the pros," McCoy stated. "He’s a combination of speed, power, intelligence, you name it. The guy is terrific. I’m happy to play with him. I feel like he makes my job a lot easier.”
The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and aired live on 97.3 ESPN at 7 p.m. from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.