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January 14, 2013 @ 10:50 am
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Martin Or Jackson Expected To Join McCoy In Pro Bowl

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have two members of their team in the 2013 Pro Bowl as either RB Doug Martin or WR Vincent Jackson will be joining DT Gerald McCoy in Hawaii. Martin and Jackson are first alternates and a spot for a RB or a WR will open up after next Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
The Buccaneers will have two players representing the team in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl this season as either rookie running back Doug Martin or wide receiver Vincent Jackson will be joining defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the NFC squad in Hawaii on January 27.

Because the Pro Bowl is played one week before the Super Bowl, either Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones or San Francisco running back Frank Gore will have to miss the game to prepare for the Super Bowl as the Falcons host the 49ers this Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Players on teams that have made the Super Bowl are not allowed to participate in the Pro Bowl due to the risk of injury and the time needed to practice with their own team for the championship.

Both Martin and Jackson were named first alternates to the Pro Bowl this year, whereas McCoy was voted to the Pro Bowl outright.

McCoy finished a 16-game season for the first time in his career and was second on the team with a career-high five sacks, 30 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. This will be the first Pro Bowl appearance for the third-year defensive tackle.

If Martin goes to Hawaii, it would mark the first time a Buccaneers rookie made it to the Pro Bowl since former Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn did it in 1997. Martin rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns on 319 carries in his first season in the NFL. He also caught caught 49 passes for 472 yards and one touchdown in 2012.

If Jackson gets selected it would be his third Pro Bowl and his first as a Buccaneer. In his first season in Tampa Bay, Jackson caught 72 passes for 1,384 yards – both were career highs – and eight touchdowns. The last Bucs wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl was Keenan McCardell in 2003.

The last member of the Buccaneers to make the Pro Bowl was right guard Davin Joseph in 2011. The last time Tampa Bay had multiple players represent the NFC in Hawaii was in 2008 when Joseph, cornerback Ronde Barber, linebacker Derrick Brooks and kick returner Clifton Smith went to the Pro Bowl.

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    I misspoke earlier. What I meant to joke about earlier was an injury to Julio Jones and a Niners win. Now that CJ has backed out, though, it works out the same. So, here's hoping that the Niners win and we get #20 in there along with Doug. In less than a week's time we will have gone from 1 to 4 in the game. For the record, I don't think Ronde really got snubbed. He is a very good safety, but he is not better than those guys who got in ahead of him, and I don't think he had a better season than any of them. Still, though, I'd love to see him in there.
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    I might also add that Ghost is right, Clifton Smith was elected to the Pro Bowl as a kick-return specialist at the end of 2008, his rookie season. What SR meant was that Martin would be the 1st rookie elected as a RB since Dunn in '97.
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    toofamiliar17, I know you were kidding about Frank Gore, but you only need hope that the 49ers win. New rule since the Pro Bowl is now played before the Super Bowl, all Pro Bowl electees who make the Super Bowl are automatically eliminated from the Pro Bowl. Martin replaces Gore. What the article is saying is because the Niners are playing the Falcons in the NFC game, one of them has to win, so either Martin replaces Gore or Jackson replaces Julio Jones. Either way it's good news for a BUC!
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    I'm not a big fan of the Pro-Bowl Game since the career-ending injury to the great # 63 happened there. I have a hard time watching it unless there is a Buccaneer playing. Personally, I think the actual game might as well be eliminated since most players should be and are concerned with injuries to themselves and each other. This week I'll be rooting for the 49ers since I just can't get myself to cheer for the Falcons who always seem to get the benefit of the officials. Plus I get tired of seeing their HC, Mike Smith and his nauseating locker room speeches. Just a little stomach flu for Frank Gore or an ankle tweak for Julio Jones huh toofamiliar?
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    Here's hoping that Frank Gore gets injured and the Niners win. That would put both in!! (I'm kidding about hoping for an injury....I mean, I think I am anyways... Yea, yea, definitely. Totally kidding.)
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    I say great.Maybe with the correct draft players and Tampa wins10 or more Tampa could land 4 reg pro bowlers and a couple alternates=-GO BUCSGO
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    I thought Clifton Smith made it a a rookie?
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