If you’re itching to see your favorite Seahawks one more time before the offseason officially starts, you’ll have to turn on ESPN this Sunday night to watch the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL. There are seven Seahawks on the NFC roster, and two of them were named captains on Friday night. If you guessed Doug Baldwin and Bobby Wagner, congratulations are in order!
Baldwin was added to the Pro Bowl roster
to replace Atlanta Falcons superstar Julio Jones , who will be playing in the Super Bowl on February 5th Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. It’s a first-time Pro Bowl appearance for Baldwin, who tied the Seahawks single-season franchise record with a career-high 94 receptions. He also racked up 1,128 receiving yards, bettering his 2015 total by 59 yards, and hauled in 7 touchdowns. Baldwin also threw a touchdown to Russell Wilson, who just needs 35 more of those to match Doug’s career total for TD receptions.
Wagner was named as a Pro Bowl starter when the initial rosters were released on December 20th. It’d be a shame if he doesn’t receive votes for the Defensive Player of the Year award, because he’s absolutely earned it. The standout linebacker finished with a league-leading 167 tackles, recorded 4.5 sacks, and was one of the few Seahawks to actually get an interception this year, picking off a deflected pass thrown by Blaine Gabbert of the San Francisco 49ers. Wagner’s stats don’t paint nearly the full picture, and some of his plays (such as this one) were literal game-savers. In addition to his Pro Bowl selection, Wagner received 48 out of a possible 50 votes for first-team All-Pro this year, the most first-team votes for any player on offense or defense.
The other five Seahawks who will be in action on Sunday night are Jimmy Graham, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, K.J. Wright, and Richard Sherman.
You can catch the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. I know Seahawks fans definitely wanted to see their favorite players in Houston and not Orlando, but hey, that’s life. So with that in mind, will you be watching the Pro Bowl this weekend?