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Tamba Hali, NaVorro Bowman Selected To NFL Pro Bowl

Two Penn Staters will join some of the best the NFL has to offer at the 2016 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Linebackers Tamba Hali and NaVorro Bowman were the two players selected from Linebacker U to play in the Pro Bowl this year.

Hali will make his sixth Pro Bowl appearance in 10 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. His first appearance came in 2010 when he posted 51 tackles and a career high 14.5 sacks. Through 14 games this season, Hali has 47 tackles along with 6.5 sacks.

Hali has been a star for Kansas City at linebacker, and he’s been selected to a Pro Bowl every year since 2010. He’s posted big numbers every year, and he is a big reason the Chiefs have had success in recent years.

For NaVorro Bowman, this is the third Pro Bowl appearance in five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. The first Pro Bowl for Bowman came in 2012. That year, he had one interception, 2.0 sacks, and a career-high 148 tackles. This season, Bowman posted impressive numbers again with 2.0 sacks and 135 tackles. Although San Francisco is struggling this year, Bowman has continued to dominate at linebacker and has been a positive aspect for the 49ers in a disappointing season.

One of the biggest stories involving Penn State and the Pro Bowl is the snubbing of Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Robinson from the ballot. Robinson is tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 13. He is also seventh in the NFL in receiving yards with 69 receptions for 1,141 yards.

The receivers for the AFC side in the Pro Bowl are A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandon Marshall, and Antonio Brown. Although Green, Hopkins, Marshall, and Brown are ahead of Robinson in receiving yards, Robinson is still ranked seventh in the NFL, and he leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns. The only AFC Pro Bowl receiver in the top 10 for touchdowns is Antonio Brown.

While Robinson may have been snubbed this year for some more well known players, he has grown into a well rounded player the last two years, and his future is bright in Jacksonville. Even without Robinson, Penn State still boasts two talented linebackers in Tamba Hali and NaVorro Bowman who will represent the Nittany Lions well on January 31.

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Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman is a writer for Onward State. His hometown is North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, a little under an hour from Pittsburgh. He is a sophomore majoring in Natural Resource Engineering in Biological Engineering. Please e-mail questions and comments to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @cole_man2.

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