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Nine 49ers Named to 2013 Pro Bowl

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 26, 2012 – 3:59 PM

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, free safety Dashon Goldson, running back Frank Gore, guard Mike Iupati, outside linebacker Aldon Smith, defensive tackle Justin Smith, tackle Joe Staley, strong safety Donte Whitner and inside linebacker Patrick Willis have been selected to participate in the 2013 Pro Bowl. Goldson, Iupati, A. Smith, J. Smith, Staley, Whitner and Willis were named starters on this year’s NFC squad.

The following players were selected as alternates for the NFC Pro Bowl squad: guard Alex Boone, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, tackle Anthony Davis, tight end Vernon Davis, center Jonathan Goodwin, punter Andy Lee, cornerback Carlos Rogers and special teamer C.J. Spillman.

Bowman is making his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He leads the team with a career-high 180 tackles, while adding 2.0 sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and five passes defensed. A first-team All-Pro selection in 2011, Bowman ranks fourth in the NFL with 276 tackles since 2011, according to game book statistics. Bowman has played in 47 games (32 starts) since being drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Goldson, who is making his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl, was selected as a starter. He leads the team with three interceptions, while adding 106 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a career-high 11 passes defensed. Goldson has played in 80 games (63 starts) since being drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Gore, who earns his fourth Pro Bowl appearance, has rushed for 1,146 yards and seven touchdowns on 238 carries (4.8 avg.) this season, to go along with 25 receptions for 213 yards and one receiving touchdown. It marks Gore’s franchise-record sixth 1,000-yard rushing season. A Pro Bowler in 2006, 2009 and 2011, Gore has played in 115 games (101 starts) since being drafted in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Miami by the 49ers.

Iupati makes his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a starter. He is part of an offensive line that helped the team rush for 2,362 yards this season, ranking fourth in the NFL. The 2,362 rushing yards rank seventh in franchise history and are the most by San Francisco since 1998 (2,544). Iupati and the offensive line were awarded the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award in Weeks 5, 7 and 12. He was originally drafted by the 49ers in the first round (17th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

A. Smith was selected as a starter in his first Pro Bowl appearance. Smith has set the 49ers franchise record with 19.5 sacks this season, which currently ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL. The second-year pro has also recorded 80 tackles, three forced fumbles, one interception and one pass defensed. Since 2011, he has registered 33.5 sacks, the most by any player in their first two years in NFL history. He has played in 31 games (15 starts) since being drafted in the first round (7th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Missouri.

J. Smith, who was selected as a starter, earns his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance after making his first trip in 2010. He ranks third on the team with a career-high 130 tackles, to go along with 3.0 sacks, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. He also leads the team with 83 quarterback pressures and 56 quarterback hits. A free agent acquisition by the 49ers in 2008, Smith has played in 189 games (185 starts) since being drafted in the first round (4th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals out of Missouri.

Staley, who was selected as a starter, is making his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. He is part of an offensive line that helped the team rush for 2,362 yards this season, ranking fourth in the NFL. The 2,362 rushing yards rank seventh in franchise history and are the most by San Francisco since 1998 (2,544). Staley and the offensive line were awarded the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award in Weeks 5, 7 and 12. He was originally drafted by the 49ers in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Whitner is making his first career Pro Bowl appearance. Selected as a starter, the seven-year veteran ranks fourth on the team with 112 tackles in addition to a career-high two forced fumbles, one interception and five passes defensed. A free agent acquisition by the 49ers in 2011, Whitner has started 96 of 99 since being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round (8th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Willis becomes the first 49ers player to make it to the Pro Bowl in each of his first six seasons in franchise history. Selected as a starter, he currently ranks second on the team with 164 tackles to go along with 0.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 9 passes defensed. Willis has started all 91 games in which he has appeared since being drafted by the 49ers in the first round (11th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.


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15 Responses to “Nine 49ers Named to 2013 Pro Bowl”

  1. By rypat on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good thing the voting wasn’t based on the last 2 weeks performance or Aldon would be sitting home in February! Has anyone noticed that he has been absolutely dominated the last 2 games and been a complete non factor? Time to step up kid!

  2. By friscokid on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully non of them go and they all are in new Orleans instead.

  3. By Spokaneninerfan on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Aldon has a very bad shoulder! He’s a stud for being out there! Go get them birds!

  4. By jose luis perez arciniega on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    excelentes noticias para fortalecer el animo de cara a la época mas difícil del año.

  5. By Q on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Both safeties, both inside linebackers, and 2 lineman all selected. Sick defense, but we need to play better than we did the last 2 weeks because that just isn’t going to get us to the SB,

  6. By Dana P on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go Patrick!!

  7. By niner4life on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    way to go patrick willis! cant wait to get my nike elite jersey autographed!

  8. By Hermie on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Happy for all of the guys…its about time we have more than one or two!! So happy for Frank, to me the perennial pro of the 9ers and definitely the MVP of the offense every year he has played!! Now give him the D@mn ball!!

  9. By kevin on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Dont worry niner fans we can still get to the promise land. I think even the 49ers themselves were shocked to be up on the patriots 31-3.After that the defense just collapsed ,and it carried over into the Seatle game. I was hoping to go 1-1 agianst the patriots and seahawks those are two tuff games to get through. Things still look better then most are saying as far as getting the 2 seed also. If we beat the carninals at home which is highly likley, and the vikings beat the packers at home in a must win , Which is also higly likley. Then bang were back in the 2 seed with a first round by. Lets just say that doesnt happen and the pack get the 2 seed so what we have a home game agianst a team like chicago and we take care of them and move on to greenbay and beat them agian in lambo play seatle at home in the nfc title game then move on and beat the broncos in the superbowl for our sixth superbowl.

  10. By 49erEddie on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Pro Bowl is Kool.. But don’t mean nothing if you don’t succeed in the Post season…Lombardi Trophy is the true feat of acomplishment !!!

  11. By Cooper 50 on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go Niners! 9 in the Pro Bowl is very impressive. I am proud to be part of the 49er’s family. Now let’s just stay focused one game at a time and get to where we should have been last year.

  12. By ninerhopeful on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    WHooooooooose got more probowlers than us?????

  13. By skip on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Aldon Smith is a stud. If you wonder why hes been a “non factor”. Its because Justin Smith got hurt against the cheatriots. Justin requires a double coverage most plays and frees up Aldon to seek and destroy the qb’s. The last two weeks were painful, seems like we’ve been picked apart. Hopefully we can get it together and finish stronger than last year!

  14. By Robert Rees on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully none of our guys will be in Hawaii to play in this game. I’m hoping they will be in New Orleans getting ready to play in the Super Bowl

  15. By NICK LAMBUSTA NICKY NINER on Dec 28, 2012 | Reply

    HAVE TO BEAT CARDINALS HOPE BEAT THE SEAHAWKS AND PACKERS HAVE TO LOOSE TO VIKINGS WE CAN REST AND STRONG AND HEALTHY GET A FIRST ROUND BYE AND GO THE DISTANCE

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