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6 Eagles named to the Pro Bowl

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The NFL announced the initial roster for the 2024 Pro Bowl Games on Wednesday night.

Which Eagles were selected? Six of them in total: wide receiver A.J. Brown (starter, 3rd selection), guard Landon Dickerson (reserve, 2nd selection), tackle Lane Johnson (starter, 5th selection), center Jason Kelce (starter, 7th selection), linebacker Haason Reddick (reserve, 2nd selection), and running back D'Andre Swift (reserve, 1st selection).

The 2024 Pro Bowl Games are scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 1 in Orlando. Of course, the Eagles hope to be preparing for a different game in Las Vegas.

Learn more about the Pro Bowl selections and the alternates below:

A.J. Brown
A.J. Brown

A.J. Brown: Obsessed with greatness

A.J. Brown sees the photos of the all-time great players displayed around the NovaCare Complex, including the wall of Pro Football Hall of Fame selections just outside of the facility's cafeteria.

Since arriving in 2022 in a draft-day trade with the Tennessee Titans, Brown has looked to make his mark. The Eagles could not have hoped for a better outcome in the deal.

Last season, he broke a 38-year franchise record for the most receiving yards in franchise history with 1,496, on the way to second-team All-Pro honors.

How about his encore in 2023? He is 50 yards from breaking his franchise single-season record. He's set the new single-season franchise mark for most receptions by a wide receiver, currently at 105. He's the first Eagles wide receiver with 1,200 yards in back-to-back seasons. Earlier this year, he broke the NFL record by gaining at least 125 yards in six straight games.

"I'm always just striving to be better. There is always something I can improve on and there's always more. I'm trying to never get satisfied with where I'm at. I don't want to get comfortable. If I get comfortable, it's too late," Brown said on Wednesday. "I think about me and my high ceiling. I always try to picture myself at my highest ceiling and then I ask myself, 'Alright, what's holding me back from getting there?' And I try to take those steps to get that place."

Brown said that his parents, Arthur Brown and Josette Robertson, instilled in him the work ethic and the desire to chase greatness.

"It's kind of just being obsessed with it. That's kind of where I'm at," he added.

As Brown rewrites the team's record book, he's been able to develop a relationship with two of the greatest wide receivers to ever play in Harold Carmichael and Mike Quick, who frequently visit the NovaCare Complex.

"Those are great guys and they give great advice. It's good to hear you're doing really well from those guys because it means a lot, so just to see those guys and see the pictures on the wall, hopefully, I can be up there one day," Brown said.

At this point, it's not if, but when.

Six Eagles were selected for this year's Pro Bowl. A.J. Brown, Lane Johnson, and Jason Kelce will be starters, while Landon Dickerson, Haason Reddick, and D'Andre Swift will be reserves. Check out the best of the Eagles' Pro Bowl players!

Lane Johnson
Lane Johnson

Lane Johnson knows he didn't earn this alone

For the fifth time, Lane Johnson is a Pro Bowl selection. It's been quite a 2023 campaign for him as he was also the Eagles' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

"It's an awesome award, but I think it's a reflection of all the people that have been in my corner over the years and who have helped me to get where I'm at because it hasn't always been this way," Johnson said on Wednesday. "It's just a reflection of them and I want them to know how much I appreciate them and everything that they've done for me."

Johnson thought that he had some years earlier in his career where he thought that he was deserving, but those disappointments fueled him into the perennial selection he is today.

"I think that inspired me to work harder," Johnson said. "And then as I got up in age, I just felt like I got more mature, focused, scheduling my workout routines, the mental health part of it, sports psychology part of it. I think just combining all of those the past few years has definitely helped me."

Johnson wasn't the only Eagles offensive lineman voted to the Pro Bowl as he is joined by another annual choice in center Jason Kelce and left guard Landon Dickerson.

"It's a reflection of our room when you look at Roy (Istvan, assistant offensive line coach) and you look at Coach Stout (Jeff Stoutland, run game coordinator/offensive line coach) and how they coach, the intensity. I think that day to day programs us to play well on Sunday, so a lot of credit goes to them."

"It shows how much as a unit in that room that we're trying to help each other and all play to an extremely high standard," Dickerson added.


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Jason Kelce
Jason Kelce

Jason Kelce joins a Hall of Fame group

Five players in Eagles history have earned seven or more trips to the Pro Bowl. Chuck Bednarik, Brian Dawkins, Jason Peters, Reggie White, and now Jason Kelce.

Kelce remains at the top of his game in his 13th season as he is a Pro Bowl selection for the fifth year in row.

"I've been really fortunate to play for an incredible offensive line coach for a long time now who puts me in a lot of really good situations and to play with a lot of other good offensive linemen that I think have allowed me to operate at a high level," Kelce said on Wednesday. "I think that's the beauty of the offensive line position. My best years have been our unit's best years, and it goes hand in hand.

"There's no question in my mind that JP's success, Lane's success, Brandon Brooks' success, Evan Mathis, all the guys that have played here, all of our successes have helped each other and it's one of the things I think about most when I hear something like that."

Kelce has seen the tables turn as he was once the young player earning recognition while looking up to Peters. He now sees the same thing going on with Dickerson, who earned his second Pro Bowl honor in three NFL seasons.

"As an older guy, you're really happy for younger guys to get noticed and be put on a pedestal of being a premier player in this league and recognized in that way," Kelce said.

Kelce has been around long enough that the Pro Bowl doesn't even feature an actual game anymore as the league transitioned to a series of skills competitions ranging from dodgeball to tug-of-war, and more.

"The Pro Bowl has changed," Kelce said. "Last year I didn't get to experience that (with the Super Bowl) and hopefully this year I don't get to experience it either."


Landon Dickerson quickly becoming an all-star fixture

Landon Dickerson took over as the starting left guard early in his rookie season of 2021 after being a second-round pick out of Alabama. Ever since then, Dickerson has become one of the best in the game at that spot as he followed up his first Pro Bowl honor following the 2022 season with a second accolade this year.

"It's a nice recognition. I honestly hope that I don't have the opportunity to go," Dickerson said on Wednesday.

Playing on the same line as fellow Pro Bowl selections Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce has helped Dickerson maintain the level of play that helped him earn the recognition.

"It's just coming in and working every day and taking the coaching and criticism, working on things I'm not doing well and continually trying to get better," Dickerson said.


Haason Reddick: Proud to represent his hometown team

Haason Reddick signed as a free agent in the spring of 2023 and the Camden, New Jersey native celebrated by helping the Eagles win the NFC Championship as he registered a career-high 16 sacks to go along with 62 quarterback pressures and five forced fumbles. In his sixth season, Reddick was named a Pro Bowl selection for the first time in his career.

Reddick hasn't let the foot off the gas with his fourth-straight season with 10-plus sacks in 2023 as he leads the team with 11 to go along with a career-high 70 quarterback pressures. Once again, Reddick is a Pro Bowl edge player.

"It's a blessing at the end of the day. Everybody puts a lot of hard work into this, a lot of hard work to get an accomplishment like this. To know that fans, coaches, players voted for me to be in this position, it's amazing," Reddick said.

"It lets me know that I'm trending in the right direction. You could get it once and it be a one-off thing like many awards. To not only have it twice, but in back-to-back years, it just lets me know that I'm trending in the right direction. If anything, it motivates me to continue to get better, continue to do more, continue to be a better football player, a better teammate, a better everything."

It's been extra special for Reddick to accomplish this since coming home after four years with Arizona and one in Carolina.

"Man, when you're playing for your hometown team, it goes further than whatever you could think," he added. "You always want to do your best. You always want to represent where you're from really, really well.  

"It just shows that we're trying to give everything we have for the city, for the team in our area from where we were born. It means that much. A lot of people don't get the chance to go play for their hometown team."

D'Andre Swift
D'Andre Swift

D'Andre Swift: Lots of emotion after learning of Pro Bowl honor

Nick Sirianni had D'Andre Swift fooled on Wednesday morning. The running back thought that the head coach was going to deliver some bad news.

What could it be, Swift wondered.

It turned out that Swift was told that he's a first-time Pro Bowl selection.

"This is a blessing. It's amazing," Swift said. "That long, childhood dream, just to have it come to fruition is amazing. All the hard work and dedication has been going on, but honestly, this is just the first step."

Swift, a Philadelphia native who played at St. Joe's Prep, was acquired by the Eagles on the third day of the 2023 NFL Draft from the Detroit Lions. In his first season back home, Swift is fourth in the NFL with 1,049 rushing yards, marking the first time that he has surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau.

"Coming home and being able to do it where I came from, that's a big part of it as well," Swift said of the emotion he felt upon receiving the news. 

He knew that he landed in the perfect situation when the trade brought him back to Philadelphia.

"One hundred percent," he said. "The opportunity presented itself week in and week out, so long as I prepare the right way and was able to execute week in and week out, sky's the limit."


The following Eagles were named Pro Bowl alternates: kicker Jake Elliott (1st alternate), quarterback Jalen Hurts (1st), cornerback Darius Slay (1st), return specialist Britain Covey (2nd), defensive end Josh Sweat (2nd), tackle Jordan Mailata (3rd), defensive tackle Jalen Carter (4th), tight end Dallas Goedert (4th), and guard Cam Jurgens (5th).

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