BY Art Thiel 07:16PM 12/18/2018

Seahawks send 2 to Pro Bowl: Wagner, Dickson

Bobby Wagner and Michael Dickson have earned spots in the Pro Bowl, and seven Seahawks teammates were selected as alternates.

Bobby Wagner has made his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

Bobby Wagner will play in his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl and punter Michael Dickson his first as Seahawks representatives at the annual all-star game Jan. 27 in Orlando. Balloting results were released Tuesday by the NFL.

Seven other Seahawks were listed as alternates, who can play if starters are unavailable: RB Chris Carson, DE Frank Clark, SS Bradley McDougald,  LG J.R. Sweezy, QB Russell Wilson and linebacker K.J. Wright. Tyler Lockett made it as a return specialist.

Dickson is the first Seattle punter selected since Rick Tuten in 1994 and is the first rookie punter since Dale Hatcher of the Los Angeles Ram in 1985.

Wagner may be having the best of his seven NFL seasons. His most dominant game was Dec. 2 against the 49ers. He had two turnovers in the red zone, forcing a fumble, then intercepting a pass and returning it 98 yards for a touchdown. He also had a stat in every counting category — 12 tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, two QB hits and two passes defensed. He’s the first Seahawks to accomplish the feat since sacks became an official stat in 1982.

Wagner’s 890 tackles since 2012 rank second in the NFL. He’s the first player in club history to have seven consecutive 100-tackle seasons. In club history, he is second behind Eugene Robinson (894) in career tackles.

Dickson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November after he punted 16 times, averaging 53 yards with a net average of 47.4, both of those numbers leading the NFL for November. Five of those 16 punts were downed inside the 20 and none went into the end zone for touchbacks.

He leads the NFL in punt average (48.9) and net average (44.2).


YourThoughts

  • Chris Alexander

    Congrats to all of the players who made the team – either as starters or as alternates. I’m a little surprised that Wright made it as an alternate given how little he’s played this season. I think he’s worthy of the vote/pick but suspect that it’s more a result of past performance than the result of THIS season’s performance.

    Of course, I’m hoping that none of them actually get to PLAY in the game … for obvious reasons ;)

  • jafabian

    IMO the QBs for the NFC should be Brees, Wilson and Ryan. Wouldn’t be surprised if Rodgers sits this out. Clark and McDougald really deserve to go. Would love to see Sweezy represent the O-Line. How can K.J. be listed as an alternate? He’s barely played this season.

    • Theyfinallyfiredcable

      Was just gonna post the same thing ; KJ hasn’t played hardly at all this year , how is he an alternate ?

      A lot of the Pro Bowl voting is just name recognition for the fans . Or they look at raw stats and vote for someone they know nothing about and go from that . I have to admit – kinda tough to grade every center in the NFL . Some guy could be a great right tackle for a team I don’t follow and I’d probably never heard of him .

      • jafabian

        Evidently Richard Sherman didn’t have enough recognition. That’s what happens when you play for a bad team.

  • wabubba67

    A free safety, Eugene Robinson, leads this franchise in tackles? The 90s…a truly dark decade for the Seahawks.