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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