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Barwin Among Five Pro Bowl Eagles


For the second consecutive season, five Eagles have been named to the Pro Bowl. While last year's group consisted of five players on offense, this year's crop of Pro Bowlers includes one defensive player and four offensive players, though one of those four was selected for his contributions on special teams. Three of the Eagles' five Pro Bowlers receive the distinction for the very first time.

Here are your 2014 Eagles Pro Bowlers:

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin

In his second season with the Eagles, Barwin, 28, will travel to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his sixth NFL season. Barwin ranks fourth in the NFL and first in the NFC with 14.5 sacks on the season.

"I think it's a huge honor," Barwin said. "It's special because of the recognition from your peers, the coaches and the fans. I'm just fortunate to play in the defense that I play in and to play with the guys I play with. That is what allowed me to have the success that I had this year.

"It shows we're a good defense and I wouldn't be recognized if I didn't play with the other 20 guys who play defense on this team who hold me accountable every day, who have made me a better player and really allowed me to do what I can do on the field because of the work they put in."

Center Jason Kelce

Kelce, the fourth-year center, has started all 45 games he's played for the Eagles since he was drafted by the team in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Despite missing four games this year, the athletic Kelce has helped lead the way for another 1,000-yard season for running back LeSean McCoy while maintaining his extensive pre-snap responsibilities.

This Pro Bowl nod serves as the first for Kelce. In the face of the honor, though, Kelce remained his usual team-first self.

"I think that it's obviously a tremendous honor to be voted into the Pro Bowl," Kelce said. "These things ... it doesn't change the fact that the season's very frustrating, and for me personally I don't put too much of a huge deal onto this. I think these individual accolades really, in the grand scheme of things, don't mean too much.

"Obviously I was hurt for part of the season, so I didn't really put forth the performance that I wanted to this year, to be quite frank. I think that the Pro Bowl, a lot of that had to do with how I was playing before the injury, and last year I kind of built up a reputation, I think, among my peers, among my fans and among the media."

Running back LeSean McCoy

A year after leading the league in rushing and setting a franchise record for rushing yards in a season, McCoy became the Eagles' all-time leading rusher in 2014 while running for 1,220 yards through 15 games. He remains one of the league's best running backs and is unmatched in his ability to make defenders miss.

"It means a lot," McCoy said. "It means a lot for my fellow teammates and guys helping me out getting back in the Pro Bowl. You know, it's a blessing that some people might take for granted. It's so hard to get in, especially after this hard season, its ups and downs. I'm happy for my linemen to help me get in and it's truly an honor."

Left tackle Jason Peters

The Eagles' resident Pro Bowler in perpetuity, Peters receives the honor for the seventh time. He has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the five seasons in which he's played a game for the Eagles since joining the team in 2009. In 2014, Peters was the only member of the offensive line to start every game as he continued to be one of the league's most unique and powerful offensive linemen.

With seven Pro Bowl seasons now in his pocket, Peters was asked whether the Hall of Fame has become a consideration.

"I haven't thought about it.," he said. "I take it year by year. I'm going to work and try to be the best player I can be every year. That really hasn't hit home. I just show up and play."

Running back/returner Darren Sproles

Elected to the Pro Bowl as one of the return specialists, the 31-year-old Sproles receives the Pro Bowl distinction for the first time in his decorated career. Acquired by the Eagles in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick last offseason, Sproles returned two punts for touchdowns and leads the league with a 13.3-yard average on punt returns.

Sproles has also scored six rushing touchdowns for the Eagles while totaling 688 yards from scrimmage in the offense.

Despite the Eagles' standing outside the playoff picture, Sproles was humbled by the honor.

"It means a lot," he said. "It doesn't mean as much as going to the Super Bowl, but it is an honor though. This is an honor that also should go to the guys up front. They did a great job for me."

"It still matters after all of these years. You always want that on your résumé."

This year's Pro Bowl will take place on January 25 in Glendale, Ari., and will air live on ESPN.

With Cody Parkey's addition to the Pro Bowl roster on Monday, nine Eagles have been selected to the NFL's all-star game ...

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