Five Longhorns in Sunday's Pro Bowl
Jan. 25, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Five former Longhorns were selected to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, including Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas and Chicago Bears DT Henry Melton for the NFC, and Cleveland Browns PK Phil Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles and Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson for the AFC.
The game is scheduled for Sunday in Honolulu.
It marks the first time in UT history it will have five representatives after previously having four on three occasions, including 1957, 1968 and 2010. Texas has also had at least three players chosen in six of the last eight years.
Texas’ five Pro Bowl selections are the fourth most of any college program nationally and the most among Big 12 programs. Georgia, Miami and Tennessee each have six players participating in the Pro Bowl, while Cal also has five selections.
It will be the second-straight appearance for Thomas and Johnson, and the second in the last three years for Charles, while Dawson and Melton will be making their first trips. Texas has now had 40 different Pro Bowlers representing 22 different teams for a total of 94 appearances.
Texas extends its streak of consecutive years with at least one Pro Bowl player to 12, which is a school record. There have only been 11 years in Texas history without at least one.
Additionally, UT has four players on active Super Bowl rosters ranking third highest among college football programs and the most of Big 12 universities. Place-kicker Justin Tucker and cornerback Chykie Brown will play for the Baltimore Ravens, while cornerback Tarell Brown and offensive lineman Leonard Davis will suit up for the San Francisco 49ers. Miami and Oregon are the only universities with more representatives in the Super Bowl with five players each.
Combining the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl rosters, Texas has nine former players still active as of this weekend. That is the second most of all NCAA programs as Miami has 11 players.
The Pro Bowl will air at 6 p.m. CST on NBC. The Super Bowl will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Feb. 3 with kickoff at 5:30 p.m. CST.
Note: Compiled by UCF Media Relations